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'Intern' director Nancy Meyers reflects on changes for working women and in Hollywood

'Intern' director Nancy Meyers reflects on changes for working women and in Hollywood

Nancy Meyers was not allowed on the set of her first movie without a male chaperone. Thirteen films later — six of them as director — Meyers can laugh about it.

It was 1979 and Warner Bros was making "Private Benjamin" from a script Meyers had written with Charles Shyer, whom she would later marry. Her contract stipulated that Meyers, then 29, had to be with Shyer or with another male producer at all times while on set.

"I assumed it was because I was an inexperienced woman," Meyers said. "It was a very male world. I didn't know any women directors. I'm sure there were other women writers, but I didn't know them. It was a bit isolating....

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