Katherine Fugate

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Katherine Fugate
Born (1965-07-14) July 14, 1965 (age 51)
Occupation Writer/Producer
Nationality United States
Period 1996–present

Katherine Fugate (born July 14, 1965) is an American film and television writer and producer.


She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of California, Riverside. Fugate and her aunt, the actress Barbara Eden,[1] are direct descendants of Benjamin Franklin. Her cousin was the late Matthew Ansara.[citation needed]


Fugate is the creator and executive producer of the TV series, Army Wives.[2]

She also wrote the screenplays for the 2010 film Valentine's Day, which broke several box office records, and the 2011 follow-up, New Year's Eve. Both films were directed by Garry Marshall and featured all-star ensemble casts.

Fugate has been an active leader in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for a number of years. She was a strike captain in the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, then won a two-year seat on the Board of Directors for the WGA, West (WGAw) in 2008.[3] Fugate was re-elected to the WGAw Board of Directors in 2010, 2012, and 2014.[4][5]

In 2008, she created The Writers Fund, an anonymous group of WGA writers who financially help other WGA writers in times of need.[citation needed]

She was a member of the 2011 WGA Negotiating Committee.[citation needed]

In 2011, Fugate was invited to the White House to participate in the "Joining Forces" military family awareness campaign of First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden. She hosted an event starring Mrs. Obama at the Writers Guild Theatre to further shine a light on military issues to the entertainment community. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and numerous radio shows and talks shows concerning Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other struggles of the military.[citation needed]

She wrote a pro bono script for a Public Service Announcement starring Steven Spielberg and directed by Joanna Kerns.[citation needed]

She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.[citation needed]

In 2012, she was elected to the Western Council of the Actors Fund, a non-profit industry-wide charity.[citation needed]

Article on Fugate in the February/March 2015 Awards Issue of "Written By" Magazine, discussing the realities of being a female screenwriter in Hollywood, "Can Feminist Values Save Hollywood?"

As a Board Member, Fugate created a series of philosophical discussions on the impact the images created on screen in Film and TV have on real life events. The topics have included Violence In The Media, the Treatment of Women: On and Off Screen and Race In America: On and Off Screen.

Awards and honorable recognitions[edit]

She received a Gracie Allen Award and a WIN Award for Army Wives, Season 1.[citation needed]

In 2012, she received the Visionary Award for the strong portrayal of female characters in film and television.[citation needed]

She was voted one of Variety magazine's Women of Impact, 2008.[citation needed]

She was chosen by Film France as one of the top 10 screenwriters (Valentine's Day) in September, 2010 and invited to France for the France Unlimited Access program.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Fugate has one child, daughter Madeleine Barbara (born 2006) with actor Paul Rhys.[citation needed] She is a devoted fan of the New Orleans Saints and brought the team's co-owner, Rita Benson LeBlanc, to the New Year's Eve premiere.[when?] Fugate was an invited guest on the Krewe of Orpheus float in the Mardi Gras parade, 2011.[citation needed] She was featured in a 2013 episode of House Hunters International titled "Every Little Girl's Dream Comes True in Paris."



  1. ^ Ryder, Caroline (July 17, 2008). "Katherine Fugate". Variety Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ Lutz, Victoria (July 17, 2008). "Army Wives: an empowering interview with creator Katherine Fugate". SheKnows.com. AtomicOnline. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ McNary, David (September 23, 2008). "WGA selects Board Members". Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Gregg (September 17, 2010). "Writers Guild of America, West Announces 2010 Board of Directors Election Results". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ McNary, David (September 21, 2012). "Eight elected to WGA West board". Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 

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