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Also Known As: Carolyn Ann Khouri Died:
Born: November 27, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, actor, director, salesclerk, receptionist, waitress

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Khouri began as a producer of music videos and production coordinator of the "Rigoletto" segment of the film "Aria" (1987) before writing the script for the controversial "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Praised as an exuberant, liberating, feminist buddy film and female take on road movies by a majority of critics, the feature was also reviled by others as a pseudo-feminist revenge fantasy in which the two central characters shoot and kill a man with his hands raised in surrender, rob a convenience store and choose suicide over facing the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, critical and popular favor came down on Khouri's side, with the writer winning several awards, most notably an Oscar. Whatever the screenplay's merits or compromises, it did raise issues about gender politics which were hotly debated by both media and public alike. That feat was not repeated by Khouri's subsequent screenplay for "Something to Talk About" (1995), a popular and generally well-received comedy-drama about a woman's world turned upside down by her husband's infidelity. The feminist sentiments were still there, but the tone was inescapably gentler and more eager to please.

Khouri began as a producer of music videos and production coordinator of the "Rigoletto" segment of the film "Aria" (1987) before writing the script for the controversial "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Praised as an exuberant, liberating, feminist buddy film and female take on road movies by a majority of critics, the feature was also reviled by others as a pseudo-feminist revenge fantasy in which the two central characters shoot and kill a man with his hands raised in surrender, rob a convenience store and choose suicide over facing the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, critical and popular favor came down on Khouri's side, with the writer winning several awards, most notably an Oscar. Whatever the screenplay's merits or compromises, it did raise issues about gender politics which were hotly debated by both media and public alike. That feat was not repeated by Khouri's subsequent screenplay for "Something to Talk About" (1995), a popular and generally well-received comedy-drama about a woman's world turned upside down by her husband's infidelity. The feminist sentiments were still there, but the tone was inescapably gentler and more eager to please.

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  Mad Money (2008)

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 Without Lying Down (2000) Interviewee
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Family moved to a log cabin in Paducah, KY when she was six
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Moved to Nashville, TN where she acted in theater productions and supported herself as a waitress
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Settled in Los Angeles; studied acting and worked as receptionist at a commercial and music video production house
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Began producing pop music videos for acts such as Alice Cooper, Robert Cray and Winger
1987:
Production coordinator for the "Rigoletto" segment of the anthology "Aria"
1991:
Scripted and produced first feature, "Thelma & Louise"
1991:
Signed a two-picture writing and directing deal with James L Brooks's Gracie Films (July)
1995:
Scripted "Something to Talk About" starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid
1996:
Announced plans to make her directorial debut with the feature "Virgin of the Rodeo"; never produced
2002:
Feature directorial debut with "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"; also wrote adapted screenplay
2008:
Helmed the comedy, "Mad Money" co-starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah
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Education

Purdue University: West Lafayette , Indiana -
Strasburg Institute: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"I wanted to see what happens when you put women behind the wheel, put the guns in their hands. When you go to the movies, you always watch the woman who is victimized or trying not to die of some terminal illness. That's not much fun. I wrote it so women would walk out feeling good about themselves." --Callie Khouri discussing "Thelma & Louise" (USA TODAY, June 6, 1991)

She received a special award from New York Women in Communications (1992)

Before she got her showbiz break, Khouri waited on Gloria Steinem while she was working as a waitress in Beverly Hills: Steinem gave Khouri words of encouragement after Khouri thanked her for all she has done to help women

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husband:
David Warfield. Writer, producer.

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mother:
Virginia Khouri.

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