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Born: April 23, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: director, screenwriter, novelist, journalist, producer

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Caroline Thompson didn't necessarily intend to pursue a career in Hollywood. But once her first novel was optioned for the movies, she decided to try her hand at screenwriting and hasn't looked back since. Since the 1990s, she has concentrated on crafting family-friendly productions that have generally earned respectful reviews and modest box-office returns.

Caroline Thompson didn't necessarily intend to pursue a career in Hollywood. But once her first novel was optioned for the movies, she decided to try her hand at screenwriting and hasn't looked back since. Since the 1990s, she has concentrated on crafting family-friendly productions that have generally earned respectful reviews and modest box-office returns.

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  Buddy (1997) Director
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  Black Beauty (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Day With..., A (1997)
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Raised near Washington, DC
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Moved to Massachusetts to attend college, first at Radcliffe, then at Amherst
1978:
After graduating college, moved to L.A.
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Worked as a freelance journalist and writer; wrote book reviews and served as a music supervisor on the CBS daytime serial "Capitol"
1983:
Published first novel, "First Born"
1990:
Screenwriting debut, "Edward Scissorhands"; also served as an associate producer; first association with director Tim Burton
1991:
Penned the screenplay for "The Addams Family"
1993:
Had three scripts produced, including "The Secret Garden" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
1994:
Directorial debut, "Black Beauty"; also scripted
1997:
Made second feature, "Buddy", the based on fact story of a 1920s socialite who maintained a menagerie including chimpanzees that she treated as her children
2002:
Wrote and directed the ABC/Disney presentation "Snow White: The Fairest of Them All"
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Education

Radcliffe College, Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Amherst College: Amherst , Massachusetts - 1978

Notes

"Women are far better suited to Hollywood than men. Our natural instincts of cunning, manipulation and flexibility are what's required for survival. I've never had a problem being female in Hollywood. Do I know what's going on behind closed doors? Heavens, no. I have no idea what's said about me, nor do I really care. I just hope I'm doing good work. That's all I think about." --Caroline Thompson, quoted in New York Post, July 27, 1994.

"I thought she was very brave to take on a complicated work that involved animals and children. But she really held it together on the set. She's good for an actor. She gives detailed, specific direction. There's not a lot of vague discussion. In my limited experience of Hollywood, she struck me as someone not superficial. She's got a good sense of humor. She's easy to be with. We all had a lot of trust in Caroline." --actor David Thewlis on "Black Beauty", quoted in the Los Angeles Times, July 24, 1994.

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husband:
Henry Bromell. Writer. Married August 28, 1982; divorced.
companion:
Danny Elfman. Composer, singer. Born in 1953; together from c. 1990; award-winning composer of scores for "Batman", "Edward Scissorhands", "The Simpsons" and others.

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father:
Thomas Carlton Thompson Jr. Attorney.
mother:
Bettie Thompson. Special-ed teacher.

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"First Born" Coward
"Yellow House" G.P. Putnam's Sons

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