Callie Khouri (born November 27, 1957, as Carolyn Ann Khouri) is an American screenwriter, producer and film 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. On October 10, 2012, Khouri's television series, Nashville, premiered on ABC. The critics awarded it strong reviews.
Early life 
Carolyn Ann Khouri was born in San Antonio, Texas. Following her graduation from St. Mary High School in Paducah, KY, 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. 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. She was a member of Hollywood Women's Political Committee, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Women's Media Watch Project. 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, 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. 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 
Her second film as a writer, a romantic comedy-drama film called Something to Talk About, (1995), 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. The film opened at number two in the box office behind The Sum of All Fears's second weekend. Khouri directed Mad Money in 2008, a crime-caper film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes. In 2012 she developed the ABC musical drama series Nashville starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.
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