Bethany Rooney

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Bethany Rooney
Born1956 (age 67–68)
Other namesBeth Hillshafer
Bethany Rooney Hillshafer
Alma materBowling Green State University
Occupation(s)Television director and producer
Years active1985–present

Bethany Rooney (formally credited as Beth Hillshafer and Bethany Rooney Hillshafer) is an American television director and producer who has worked on over three dozen television series and made-for-television films.[1]

Since her directorial debut in 1985 in an episode of St. Elsewhere, she has directed multiple episodes from a vast number of television series, most notably The Wonder Years, Beverly Hills, 90210, Crossing Jordan, Melrose Place, Melrose Place (2009), Ally McBeal[2], One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls and She Spies, whilst other credits include Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives,[2] Inconceivable, Dawson's Creek, Boston Public, Ed, Jack & Jill, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Dream On, Castle, Revenge, Arrow[3] among other series.[4][5]

In addition, Rooney has directed various episodes of the American TV series, NCIS.[2][6]

She has also directed a number of made-for-television films, including Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (1991) also released as Other Side Of Love- starring Cheryl Ladd & Jean Smart, Mixed Blessings (1995),[7] Remembrance (1996), Full Circle (1996), She Cried No (1996), When Innocence Is Lost (1997)[8] and The Promise (1999).


  1. ^ "Female directors from 'Jessica Jones' and more are leading the charge on TV like never before". Los Angeles Times. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, Cheryl. "20th Anniversary Of Showtime's 'Soul Food' Celebrates Women Behind-The-Scenes". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  3. ^ Theodore, ReBecca. "Lexi Alexander on Why More Women Aren't Directing Superhero Franchises". Vulture. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  4. ^ "Bethany Rooney Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  5. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2010-12-09). "Let a Hail of Bullets Be Your Umbrella". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  6. ^ "Two pairs of shoes, naps and trust — tips from directors for the next generation of women looking to break in". Los Angeles Times. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  7. ^ Scott, Tony (1995-12-08). "Nbc Monday Night at the Movies Danielle Steel's Mixed Blessings". Variety. Retrieved 2022-12-23.
  8. ^ Scott, Tony (1997-04-07). "When Innocence Is Lost". Variety. Retrieved 2022-12-23.

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