Adriana Trigiani

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Adriana Trigiani
Born Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Ethnicity Italian American
Occupation Novelist, television writer, producer, film director

Adriana Trigiani is an American novelist, television writer, producer and film director.


Trigiani grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia[1] and attended Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.[2] Her family is Italian American.[3][4] She was a writer for The Cosby Show and its spin-off series A Different World before beginning on novels.[2] In 1996, she won the "Most Popular Documentary" award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for directing the Queens of the Big Time. The following year, she served as co-producer on the documentary film Green Chimneys.

In 2000, Trigiani wrote a novel about the town titled Big Stone Gap, based on a screenplay by the same name she authored.[1][2] It was followed by three sequels, Big Cherry Holler,[1] Milk Glass Moon, and Home to Big Stone Gap.[5] Aside from that series, she has written Rococo,[6] Queen of the Big Time,[6] and Lucia, Lucia, which became a best-seller in Britain.[7] Very Valentine, was published in February 2009, and followed by Brava Valentine Valentine in 2010.[8][9]

She also co-authored "Cooking With My Sisters: One Hundred Years of Family Recipes" with Mary Trigiani, her sister. The family memoir-meets-cookbook includes the contributions of their three sisters and their mother.[1]

In 2008 Trigiani served as the Appalachian writer in residence at Shepherd University.[1]

Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village in New York.[7]


Year Film Notes
1996 Queens of the Big Time Director
1997 Green Chimneys Co-producer
2014 Big Stone Gap Director/Writer
Year Title Notes
1989–1990 A Different World Writer, 3 episodes
1991–1992 The Cosby Show Writer, 5 episodes

Literary works[edit]




Year Award Result Category Film
1996 Hamptons International Film Festival Won Most Popular Documentary Queens of the Big Time


  1. ^ a b c d e 2014 marked Trigiani's debut as a filmmaker, directing the film adaption of her hit novel, Big Stone Gap, starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson. Mason, Cecelia (2008-10-03). "Writer’s career rooted in Appalachia". West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 
  2. ^ a b c Laube, Leigh (2006-10-22). "Trigiani writing Big Stone Gap screenplay". 
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  5. ^ In 2014, Big Stone Gap arrived on movie screens as a romantic comedy written and directed by Trigiani and produced by Donna Gigliotti for Altar Identity Studios, a subsidiary of Media Society. "Best-selling author returns home in latest novel". Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  6. ^ a b Spice, Martin (2006-01-01). "Over the top but endearing". The Start. 
  7. ^ a b Williams, Andrew. "60 Seconds: Adriana Trigiani". Metro. 
  8. ^ Memmott, Carol (2009-02-11). "5 questions for Adriana Trigiani". USA TODAY. 
  9. ^ Trigiani, Adriana (2010-06-05). "Review: Encore Valentine". 
  10. ^ "Author Adriana Trigiani forays into teen fiction". Retrieved 2010-11-26. 

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