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Birth Place: Columbia, South Carolina, USA Profession: writer, producer, playwright, newspaper reporter, copywriter

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Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord was well known in Hollywood for her literary adaptations and for deftly translating multi-dimensional female characters and female-oriented stories successfully onto the movie screen. Her first notoriety came with "Little Women" (1994), and she was thereafter tapped to pen comedies and dramas that centered on female characters ("Matilda," 1996), non-traditional families ("The Perez Family," 1995) and sometimes both, as with the internationally acclaimed "Memoirs of Geisha" (2005). Her track record adapting bestsellers and literary classics alike made her an excellent choice for David Fincher's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), which earned Swicord Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. After having served as producer on a number of the aforementioned projects, Swicord moved into feature film directing with "The Jane Austen Book Club" (2007), effectively advancing from her position as one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters to one of its most powerful female executives and creative voices.

Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord was well known in Hollywood for her literary adaptations and for deftly translating multi-dimensional female characters and female-oriented stories successfully onto the movie screen. Her first notoriety came with "Little Women" (1994), and she was thereafter tapped to pen comedies and dramas that centered on female characters ("Matilda," 1996), non-traditional families ("The Perez Family," 1995) and sometimes both, as with the internationally acclaimed "Memoirs of Geisha" (2005). Her track record adapting bestsellers and literary classics alike made her an excellent choice for David Fincher's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), which earned Swicord Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. After having served as producer on a number of the aforementioned projects, Swicord moved into feature film directing with "The Jane Austen Book Club" (2007), effectively advancing from her position as one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters to one of its most powerful female executives and creative voices.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Red Coat, The (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Without Lying Down (2000) Interviewee
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Raised in Florida
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Worked on THE FLORIDA FLAMBEAU newspaper while in college
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Wrote and produced short films for the State of Florida
1978:
Was advertising copywriter for IBM in New York
1979:
First play, "Last Days at the Dixie Girl Cafe" produced Off-Broadway
1987:
First produced script, the ABC TV-movie "You Ruined My Life"
1989:
Feature screenwriting debut, "Shag"
1993:
Directorial debut with short film "The Red Coat"; also scripted
1994:
Returned to feature films as adaptor of "Little Women"
1995:
Scripted "The Perez Family"
1996:
Collaborated with husband Nicholas Kazan on the script for "Matilda"
1998:
Penned the adaptation of Alic Hoffman's novel "Practical Magic"
2005:
Penned the screenplay adatation for "Memoirs of a Geisha"
2007:
Wrote the screenplay for Karen Joy Fowler's novel "The Jane Austen Book Club" starring an ensemble cast; also directed the film
2008:
Adapted (with Eric Roth) the story for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
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Education

Florida State University: Tallahassee , Florida -
Florida State University: Tallahassee , Florida -

Notes

"I don't have sisters, but I know that the way siblings express love towards one another is they fight. I have two daughters. They'll be playing and suddenly tears will erupt and there's a great drama. Fifteen minutes later they're cooing again." --Robin Swicord in VILLAGE VOICE, January 3, 1995

"I think there's a connection between the way screenwriters and women are treated. Because women are the authors of the mystery of life, they've been abused. Screenwriters are the seat of the magical thing that happens, so there's a desire to get rid of you." --Swicord in MOVIELINE, April 1995

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husband:
Nicholas Kazan. Screenwriter, director. Married in 1984; collaborated on 1996's "Matilda".

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father-in-law:
Elia Kazan. Director.

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