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Yudi Bennett (born 9 February 1950; age 71) is an assistant director who worked as first assistant director on Star Trek Generations. In addition, the name Yudi Bennett can be seen on the Enterprise-B dedication plaque in the same movie.
Bennett earned three Director's Guild Awards from the Director's Guild of America; in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer, in 2001 for The Beach Boys: An American Family which she shared with Jules Kovisars, and in 2007 for Tony Bennett: An American Classic. In addition, she received the Frank Capra Achievement Award from the Guild in 2003.
Bennett started her work as second assistant director in the late '70s and worked on the drama The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), the drama Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the comedy Willie & Phil (1980), and Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980).
Throughout the years she worked as first assistant director for television productions and feature films including Alan Alda's comedy The Four Seasons (1981), the drama The Chosen (1981), the comedy Author! Author! (1982), the comedy Mischief (1985, along with second assistant director Hans Beimler), the comedy Better Off Dead... (1985), the television thriller The Last Innocent Man (1987), the drama Baby M (1988), the comedy Betsy's Wedding (1990), the comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992, along with assistant directors Debra Kent and Daniel Silverberg), the fantasy comedy Heart and Souls (1993, starring Alfre Woodard), Joel Schumacher's thriller The Client (1994), the drama The Baby-Sitters Club (1995), David Fincher's thriller The Game (1997, along with Rusty Mahmood), the fantasy drama Pleasantville (1998), the television series To Have & to Hold (1998), the television comedy Annie (1999), the television drama The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000), the television series Watching Ellie (2002-2003), and the television biography Tony Bennett: An American Classic (2006).
Since September 2011, Bennett has been working as Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Exceptional Minds Studio in Sherman Oaks, California, USA. In 2018, she was interviewed for the documentary This Changes Everything, along with Zoe Saldana, Sherry Lansing, and Susan Bay.