Anna Thomas

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Anna Thomas
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Born (1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 66)
Stuttgart, Germany
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer, writer
Spouse(s) Gregory Nava,
(1975–present)
Children Christopher and Teddy
Website
www.vegetarianepicure.com

Anna Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is a film screenwriter, film producer and writer.[1] She was born in Stuttgart, Germany, to a Polish family and came to the United States as an infant. She grew up in Michigan and California.

Thomas met her future husband Gregory Nava while working on her master's degree at University of California, Los Angeles. They married in 1975 and have collaborated on many projects. They have two sons: Christopher (born 1984) and Teddy (born 1985).

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

While at the film school at UCLA Thomas wrote, produced and directed her master's thesis film, a dramatic feature titled The Haunting of M, a turn of the century ghost story, shot in Scotland. It was well received by film critics and shown at festivals and art houses.[2]

Career[edit]

While at college, she also wrote her first cookbook, The Vegetarian Epicure (Knopf, 1972). The book became a success and is acknowledged as the book that brought pleasure to vegetarian cooking.[3] A few years later she wrote her second book, The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two (Knopf, 1978). Both books have been translated into several languages, sold in the millions in their various editions, and have remained in print.

Film work[edit]

In 1973, Thomas worked with fellow film student Gregory Nava on his master's thesis film, a dramatic feature set in the Middle Ages, The Confessions of Amans. It was the beginning of a writing collaboration that has spanned more than two decades.

In 1984, Thomas co-wrote and produced El Norte with Nava directing. The film was a critical success. Thomas and Nava were nominated for an Academy Award and the film collected honors at various film festivals. In 1995, it was elected to the National Film Registry for the Library of Congress.

Thomas produced A Time of Destiny for Columbia Pictures in 1988 and worked for the studio on a few writing jobs.

She returned to the independent film world in 1995 with My Family, a multi-generational Mexican-American family story set in East Los Angeles which Thomas co-wrote and produced.

In 1996, Thomas wrote The New Vegetarian Epicure, a menu-based cookbook with a new collection of recipes.

Today[edit]

Thomas lives in Ojai, California where she continues to write screenplays and other fiction. She also teaches at the American Film Institute as a lecturer.[4]

Books written[edit]

Gallery of book covers[edit]

Screenwriting filmography[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

Awards won[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Thomas at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, film article, December 15, 1983.
  3. ^ Delicious India. "Vegetarianism Is Here To Stay," interview with Anna Thomas.
  4. ^ AFI faculty biographical information page.

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