Dr. Vanessa Theme Ament (born January 8, 1955 in Glendale, California) is an American author, academic, Foley artist, and musician, best known for her 2009 book (updated in 2014) The Foley Grail published by Focal Press / Elsevier, the first mainstream academic text explicitly concerned with the history and development of, as well as the personalities behind, the art of Foley. She is currently the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair, Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University. Ament is well known also for her 1989 appearance on the television program Late Night with David Letterman, the only Foley artist ever invited as a guest. Though she started her career as an actress, singer, and dancer, Ament achieved success in the world of Foley and post-production sound after gaining experience in television shows such as Knots Landing, Dallas, and Cagney & Lacey, working on such major films of the 1980s and 1990s as Prizzi's Honor, Platoon, Predator, Die Hard, Beauty and the Beast, Noises Off..., Batman Returns, and A Goofy Movie. Her ex-husband, David Edwin Stone, is an Academy Award-winning sound editor, having won in 1993 for his work in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Despite her success in the film industry, Ament has also taught in primary schools since 1978 and in universities (including DePaul University, Georgia State University, Ball State University, Columbia College Chicago, and Cuesta College) since 2001, has an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry (1990) and a Ph.D. in Moving Image Studies from Georgia State University (2014), and released a jazz CD in 2004 entitled Working Without a Net. She also lent her voice and songwriting to the 1999 film Foreign Correspondents, which featured her song "Every Other Night."
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