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Also Known As: Frances Walsh Died:
Born: January 10, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wellington, NZ Profession: screenwriter, producer, composer, bass player

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Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his collaborator on low-budget cult classics like "Meet the Feebles" (1989) and "Braindead" (1992). As a writing partner, she helped Jackson defy expectations with the lyrical tale of obsession and murder "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), a critically hailed effort that brought them to Hollywood for the Robert Zemeckis-produced horror-comedy "The Frighteners" (1996). Then, in a monumental undertaking, Walsh worked alongside Jackson as a co-writer, producer and even unofficial 2nd unit director on the first of a trilogy of films adapting the works of fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Nearly a decade after the project had begun, Walsh and Jackson capped it off with the third installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), which in addition to winning a Best Picture Oscar, earned Walsh an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other endeavors included the impressive remake of the monster classic "King Kong" (2005),...

Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his collaborator on low-budget cult classics like "Meet the Feebles" (1989) and "Braindead" (1992). As a writing partner, she helped Jackson defy expectations with the lyrical tale of obsession and murder "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), a critically hailed effort that brought them to Hollywood for the Robert Zemeckis-produced horror-comedy "The Frighteners" (1996). Then, in a monumental undertaking, Walsh worked alongside Jackson as a co-writer, producer and even unofficial 2nd unit director on the first of a trilogy of films adapting the works of fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Nearly a decade after the project had begun, Walsh and Jackson capped it off with the third installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), which in addition to winning a Best Picture Oscar, earned Walsh an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other endeavors included the impressive remake of the monster classic "King Kong" (2005), followed by an underwhelming adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones" (2009). Walsh and Jackson returned Middle-earth once more, however, for another trilogy of eagerly anticipated films, beginning with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure" (2012). While Jackson received director's credit on each production, Walsh's creative DNA was undeniable and deeply imbedded in every film.

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1983:
Wrote material for TV-movie "A Woman of Good Character"
1989:
Wrote scripts for television shows such as "Shark in the Park" and "Worzel Gummidge Down Under"
1988:
Assisted in post-production with (future husband) Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste"
1992:
Co-wrote first film with Jackson, "Meet the Feebles"
1992:
Collaborated with Jackson and writer Stephen Sinclair on the horror-comedy film "Braindead"
1994:
First major hit, "Heavenly Creatures"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, co-written with Jackson
1996:
Was associate producer and co-writer of "The Frighteners"
1999:
With Jackson and Philippa Boyens, adapted J.R.R. Tolkein's classic fantasy novel "The Lord of the Rings"; written as three separate films to be released over a three-year period; also served as a producer
2001:
First film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" released; film received 13 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
2002:
Second film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" released
2003:
Third film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" released; composed two songs for the film, "Into the West" and "A Shadow Lies Between Us"
2005:
Re-teamed with Jackson and Boyens to write the screenplay for the remake of "King Kong"
2009:
Re-teamed with Jackson and Boyens to adapt the screenplay of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as co-writer of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; film directed by Jackson
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Education

Wellington Girls' College: -
Victoria University of Wellington: - 1981

Notes

On December 31, 2001, Walsh was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"In New Zealand we have this thing called the Tall Poppy Syndrome, where anyone who stands out gets sliced down. And so you just sink into your own special brand of obscurity." --Fran Walsh, quoted in Premiere, August 1996.

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husband:
Peter Jackson. Producer, director, screenwriter. Born in New Zealand in 1961; together since 1987.

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son:
William Jackson. Born in 1995, appeared in "The Frighteners" (1996); father Peter Jackson.
daughter:
Kate Jackson. Born c. 1996; father Peter Jackson.

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