Callie Khouri

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Callie Khouri
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Callie Khouri on PaleyFest 2013
BornCarolyn Ann Khouri
(1957-11-27) November 27, 1957 (age 56)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationFilm/television writer, director, and producer
SpouseT-Bone Burnett[1]
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Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri Nashville PaleyFest2.jpg
Callie Khouri on PaleyFest 2013
BornCarolyn Ann Khouri
(1957-11-27) November 27, 1957 (age 56)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationFilm/television writer, director, and producer
SpouseT-Bone Burnett[1]

Carolyn Ann "Callie" Khouri (born November 27, 1957) is an American film and television screenwriter, producer and director. In 1992 she won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the film Thelma & Louise, which was controversial upon its release because of its progressive representation of gender politics but which subsequently became a classic.[2] On October 10, 2012, Khouri's television series, Nashville, premiered on ABC. The critics awarded it strong reviews.

Early life[edit]

Carolyn Ann Khouri was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a Syrian American father. Following her graduation from St. Mary's High School in Paducah, Kentucky, she studied landscape architecture at Purdue University before changing her major to drama. After college, she studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles. On June 2, 1990, she married David Weaver Warfield, a writer and a producer.[3] Khouri began working in film production in 1991. From 1996 to 1998 and from 2000 to 2002, Khouri served on the WGA board of directors; she sat on the board of trustees of the Writer’s Guild Foundation from 2001-2004.[4] She was a member of Hollywood Women's Political Committee, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Women's Media Watch Project.[3] Khouri is now married to T-Bone Burnett.


Khouri is a screenwriter, director, producer, and author of nonfiction. She also worked as an actress, lecturer, and waiter in Nashville. While working for a company that made commercials and music videos, she began writing Thelma & Louise, her first produced screenplay. Thelma & Louise won Khouri the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,[5][6] a Golden Globe Award, and a PEN Literary Award, as well as the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[7] At the Oscar ceremony she said, "For everyone who wanted to see a happy ending for 'Thelma and Louise', for me this is it," brandishing the statue high [8]

Her second film as a writer, a romantic comedy-drama film, Something to Talk About, (1995),[9] earned mixed reviews from the critics. In June 2002, Khouri made her directorial debut with her adaptation of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which grossed a total of $73,839,240 worldwide.[10] The film opened at number two in the box office behind The Sum of All Fears '​s second weekend.[7][11] Khouri directed Mad Money in 2008, a crime-caper film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes.[12] In 2012 she developed the ABC musical drama series Nashville starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.[13]


YearTitleCredited as
1991Thelma & LouiseNoYesYes
1995Something to Talk AboutNoYesNo
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodYesYesYes
2006Hollis & RaeYesYesYes
2008Mad MoneyYesNoNo

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
1992New York Film Critics Circle AwardBest ScreenplayThelma & LouiseWon
PEN Center USA West Literary AwardBest ScreenplayWon
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardBest ScreenplayNominated
Writers Guild of AmericaBest ScreenplayWon
Golden Globe AwardBest ScreenplayWon
BAFTA AwardBest ScreenplayNominated
Academy AwardBest ScreenplayWon
2012Satellite AwardBest Television Series – DramaNashvilleNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV DramaNominated
Writers Guild of America Award[14]Best Screenplay – New SeriesNominated
2013People's Choice AwardsFavorite Network TV DramaPending
Austin Film FestivalDistinguished Screenwriter Award[15]Won


  1. ^ The Heartbeat, and the Twang, of a City; New York Times, October 7, 2012; accessed January 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "New York Times profile of Callie Khouri". 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Database Login| Shatford Library at Pasadena City College". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Callie Khouri profile at". Filmbug. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  5. ^ Thelma & Louise (1991): box office business
  6. ^ Thelma & Louise (1991): awards
  7. ^ a b "16th Nashville Annual Screenwriters Conference". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  8. ^ By JANET MASLINPublished: April 1, 1992 (1992-04-01). "New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  9. ^ New York Times
  10. ^ Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood at Box Office Mojo
  11. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 7-9, 2002". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  12. ^ New York Times
  13. ^ "ABC Gives Drama Pilot Orders To Soaps From Mark Gordon And Callie Khouri". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "2013 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Announced". Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  15. ^ Deadline, The. "Austin Film Festival To Honor Callie Khouri; 2013 Conference Slate Unveiled". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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