Maggie Gyllenhaal Directs "The Lost Daughter," and Other Columbia Alumni News

Maggie Gyllenhaal, director of The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Monica Schipper / Netflix)

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal ’99CC (above) made her directorial debut with The Lost Daughter, an adaptation of the 2006 Elena Ferrante novel La figlia oscura. Released in December, the film stars Olivia Colman as a woman who confronts her dark past while vacationing in Greece.


Mary T. Bassett ’79VPS was recently appointed New York State health commissioner by Governor Kathy Hochul. Bassett, who oversaw the New York City Department of Health from 2014 to 2018, is known for her shrewd handling of the Ebola and Zika scares and for promoting social equity in public health.


At the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lucia Aniello ’04CC won two awards for writing and directing Hacks, a comedy series about a washed-up Las Vegas comedian. Joanna Rothkopf ’14JRN won an award for outstanding variety series writing for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.


David Stanton ’77CC cycled to victory at the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships. Competing in the event for men ages sixty-five to sixty-nine, Stanton took home a gold medal.