Bonnie MacBird

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Bonnie MacBird
  • Writer
  • actor
  • theatre director
  • voice artist
(m. 1983)

Bonnie MacBird is an American writer, actress and producer of screen, stage and prose. She is the original writer of the science fiction film Tron.

MacBird is a native of San Francisco, California and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in film.[1] She is married to computer scientist Alan Kay.

Film career[edit]

MacBird has spent most of her career in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer. She wrote the original drafts of Tron[2][3] and received a "story by" credit. She worked in feature film development for Universal Studios in the 1970s, won two Emmy Awards as a producer in the 1980s, and was, for ten years, the head of a firm called Creative License/SkyBird Productions. She has a number of acting and writing credits in Los Angeles theatre.

She continues to write, direct and act in theatre in Los Angeles and is a voice actor for SkyBoat Media.[4]


MacBird's recent career has focused on her Sherlock Holmes Adventure series for HarperCollins. Her first Sherlock Holmes novel, Art in The Blood, (2015) was followed by Unquiet Spirits (2017).[5][6] A third, The Devil's Due, was released in 2019, followed by The Three Locks in 2021. Her fifth novel, What Child is This?: A Sherlock Holmes Christmas Adventure, appeared in 2022 and was illustrated by Frank Cho.[7]


She lectures regularly on writing, the creative process, and Sherlock Holmes. She also teaches screenwriting at UCLA extension.[8]


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  2. ^ Gencarelli, Mike (September 27, 2011). "Bonnie MacBird talks about co-writing 1982's "TRON"". Media Mikes. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "March 2002 Q&A; with Bonnie MacBird". Tron Sector. 2002. Archived from the original on January 9, 2003. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
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  5. ^ The Bookseller Announcement of MacBird Sherlockian novels
  6. ^ Publishers Weekly
  7. ^ Books by Bonnie MacBird, HarperCollins Publishers
  8. ^ Bonnie MacBird. Archived April 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine UCLA Extension Writers Program. Retrieved 8 August 2011.

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