semi·​au·​to·​bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce semiautobiographical (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiautobiographical

: partly autobiographical a semiautobiographical comedy

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Recent Examples on the Web Ultima, Anaya said, was inspired by his wife, who read seven drafts of the semiautobiographical novel and shared her suggestions. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Author Rudolfo Anaya, towering figure of Chicano literature, dies at 82," 30 June 2020 Pete Davidson teams up with writer-director Judd Apatow to star in this semiautobiographical dramedy that will be available on demand June 12. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this weekend on Netflix, Disney+, and more," 12 June 2020 That was when the writer first shared her semiautobiographical comedy, Twenties, as a series of videos on YouTube. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Lena Waithe and When Black Artists Make Mediocre Art," 6 Mar. 2020 The first is Cameron Crowe's stage version of his beloved semiautobiographical film from 2000, which tracked the rookie music journalist's mind-expanding time on the road as a teenager with a rock band and its entourage in the 1970s. David Rooney, Billboard, "Sony Exec Launches Stage Banner With 'Almost Famous,' Michael Jackson Musical," 18 Nov. 2019 One of the most influential (and notably charming) editors in Hollywood, Alan Heim has carved an illustrious career, including his partnership with Bob Fosse that saw him win an Oscar for 1979's All That Jazz, Fosse's semiautobiographical musical. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All That Jazz' Editor Alan Heim: Working With Bob Fosse Was "Always an Adventure"," 17 Jan. 2020 MOVIES Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA twigs, Maika Monroe, Natasha Lyonne, Martin Starr, Byron Bowers, Laura San Giacomo and Clifton Collins Jr. round out the cast of LaBeouf's semiautobiographical film. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Shia LaBeouf Stars as Fictionalized Version of His Father in 'Honey Boy' Trailer," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1961, Simon then made his Broadway debut with the smash hit Come Blow Your Horn, a semiautobiographical play that was turned into a film starring Frank Sinatra two years later. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Pulitzer Prize–Winning Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91," 26 Aug. 2018 Currently, Khavari is writing a script for a semiautobiographical pilot about her family and friends, growing up Iranian in Oakland. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kathreen Khavari, the voice of Ms. Marvel, battles Hollywood typecasting," 30 Apr. 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiautobiographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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