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Callie Khouri

Biography

Screenwriter whose script for the 1992 film Thelma & Louise earned her an Academy Prize for Best First Screenplay. She also developed the musical crisis series Nashville, which superstars Connie Britton. She researched crisis at Purdue College or university and Lee Strasberg Movie theater. She produced her directorial debut using the 2002 film Divine Secrets from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which she also had written and created. She wedded T-Bone Burnett in 2006. She aimed Diane Keaton within the 2008 film Mad Cash.

Quick Facts


Full Name Callie Khouri
Date Of Birth November 27, 1957
Place Of Birth San Antonio, TX
Profession Screenwriter
Education Purdue University
Nationality American
Spouse T Bone Burnett, David W. Warfield
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Glamour Woman of the Year Award
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series
Movies Mad Money, Wanderlust, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Something to Talk About, Thelma & Louise, Hollis & Rae
TV Shows Nashville
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.
2Along with Kenneth Branagh, was one of the directors considered for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
3Worked as a theater apprentice, waitress, and as a secretary at a music video production company before getting into the film business.
4Briefly attended Purdue University as a theater major, but dropped out after five semesters.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NashvilleTV Series created by - 108 episodes, 2012 - 2017 written by - 6 episodes, 2012 - 2015
Hollis & Rae2006TV Movie
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood2002screenplay
Something to Talk About1995written by
Thelma & Louise1991written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nashville2012-2017TV Series executive producer - 95 episodes
Hollis & Rae2006TV Movie executive producer
Thelma & Louise1991co-producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nashville2013-2016TV Series 14 episodes
Mad Money2008
Hollis & Rae2006TV Movie
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood2002

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aria1987production coordinator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Union2011Documentary special thanks
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Katie2013TV SeriesHerself
Et Hollywood créa la femme2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Callie Khouri2006VideoHerself
Wanderlust2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Women on Top: Hollywood and Power2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey2002Video documentaryHerself
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHerself
Omnibus1992TV Series documentaryHerself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once in a Lew Moon2015DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThelma & Louise (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureThelma & Louise (1991)
1992Literary AwardPEN Center USA West Literary AwardsScreenplayThelma & Louise (1991)
1992WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThelma & Louise (1991)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Film/Show Written by a WomanNashville (2012)
2013WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesNashville (2012)· Wendy Calhoun
· Meredith Lavender
· David Gould
· Marcie Ulin
· Liz Tigelaar
· David Marshall Grant
· Dee Johnson
· Nancy Miller
· Todd Ellis Kessler
· James D. Parriott
· Jason George
· Dana Greenblatt
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - OriginalThelma & Louise (1991)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThelma & Louise (1991)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplayThelma & Louise (1991)


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#Quote
1[on the ending of "Thelma & Louise"] It always struck me as preposterous that people saw it as a suicide. I don't even think of them as dead. I just wasn't in any way prepared for people to say, 'God, they killed themselves? What kind of message is that?' I want to say, 'It's the message you came up with, not me.' To me, the ending was symbolic, not literal. I mean, come on, read a book. We did everything possible to make sure you didn't see a literal death. That you didn't see the car land, you didn't see a big puff of smoke come up out of the canyon. You were left with the image of them flying. They flew away, out of this world and into the mass unconscious. Women who are completely free from all the shackles that restrain them have no place in this world. The world is not big enough to support them. They will be brought down if they stay here. They weren't going to be brought down. So let them go. I loved that ending and I loved the imagery. After all they went through I didn't want anybody to be able to touch them.
2[responding to being called a 'toxic feminist' for writing "Thelma & Louise"] Kiss my ass, kiss my ass. I was raised in this society. Let them get their deal worked out about the way women are treated in films before they start hassling me about the way men are treated. There's a whole genre of films known as 'exploitation' based on the degradation of women and as a whole bunch of redneck critics extolling its virtues, and until there's a subgenre of women doing the same thing to men in numbers too numerous to court, as is the case with exploitation film, then just shut the fuck up.
3[1992: Accepting her Oscar for Best Original Screenplay] "Well, for everybody that wanted to see a happy ending for Thelma & Louise (1991), to me, this is it."


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