Lana Wachowski

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Lana Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and her brother, Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), born to a Polish American family in Chicago, are siblings collectively known as "The Wachowskis." They are American film directors, writers and producers, most famous for creating The Matrix series. Their most recent project was producing Ninja Assassin.


Beginning in 2001, Larry Wachowski was regularly seen with Los Angeles-area professional Dominatrix Ilsa Strix. Eventually these appearances led to a romantic relationship, culminating with Larry's divorce from Thea Bloom in 2002. Larry and Strix subsequently began living together.

Shortly after the release of Matrix Reloaded, it was rumored that Larry Wachowski began to make small public appearances dressed as a woman, using the name Lana Wachowski. In his column, published May 30, 2003, David Poland said "Every indication I have says that Larry Wachowski is now in the process of changing his sex. Dressing in public like a woman, taking female hormones and yes, having a sex change operation." This was further supported by a March 2006 San Francisco Chronicle article on transgender people, which repeated that Larry Wachowski, "has changed his sex and is now living as Lana Wachowski." The rumor was exacerbated by Larry Wachowski's reported penchant for cross-dressing, as reported by Rolling Stone.

In a 2007 interview Joel Silver, the producer of numerous Wachowski films, stated otherwise, saying that the rumors concerning Larry's sex change were "all untrue", further explaining, "they just don’t do interviews, so people make things up." Similar statements were made to Fox News by crew members working on the Speed Racer film, with one employee pointing out, "on the call sheets, it still says Larry."

As of March 2010, Wachowski is listed as Lana Wachowski on IMDb and is noted with "as Larry Wachowski" in the credits for his prior movies . It should be noted, however, that IMDb is user-edited.

The Wachowskis included in their contracts for the Matrix sequels that they would not have to do press junkets or interviews of any kind and they would not have to be photographed for promotional purposes. They want the films to speak for themselves.

Biographical highlights

  • Ranked #27 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List with brother Andy. Had ranked #89 in 2002.
  • Estranged wife Thea Bloom was her college sweetheart. She left Bloom in 2002 for Karin Winslow, a professional dominatrix, who left her husband to take Wachowski on as her "slave.".
  • Father was a businessman; mother was a nurse.
  • She and her brother have written a screenplay called "Carnivore". The script was one of the scripts on Empire magazine's "Twelve Greatest Unproduced Scripts In Hollywood" list. (As of October 2003 it is still unproduced.).
  • Attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School along with her brother Andy Wachowski in Chicago, Illinois.


Year Film Credited as
Directors Writers Producers
1995 Assassins
1996 Bound
1999 The Matrix
2003 The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix
2005 V for Vendetta
2008 Speed Racer
2009 Ninja Assassin

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