Callie Khouri

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Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Callie Khouri on PaleyFest 2013
Born Carolyn Ann Khouri
(1957-11-27) November 27, 1957 (age 57)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Film/television writer, director, and producer
Spouse T-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 to 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]


Year Title Credited as
Director Writer Producer
1987 Aria No No Yes
1991 Thelma & Louise No Yes Yes
1995 Something to Talk About No Yes No
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Yes Yes Yes
2006 Hollis & Rae Yes Yes Yes
2008 Mad Money Yes No No
2012 Nashville Yes Yes Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film Result
1992 New York Film Critics Circle Award Best Screenplay Thelma & Louise Won
PEN Center USA West Literary Award Best Screenplay Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Screenplay Nominated
Writers Guild of America Best Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Award Best Screenplay Won
BAFTA Award Best Screenplay Nominated
Academy Award Best Screenplay Won
2012 Satellite Award Best Television Series – Drama Nashville Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award[14] Best Screenplay – New Series Nominated
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Drama Pending
Austin Film Festival Distinguished 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. ^ 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. ^ "Austin Film Festival To Honor Callie Khouri; 2013 Conference Slate Unveiled". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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