Vanessa Taylor

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Vanessa Taylor
Nationality American
Occupation television writer and producer

Vanessa Taylor is an American screenwriter and television producer. She is known for writing three episodes of the HBO series Game of Thrones: in season 2, "Garden of Bones" and "The Old Gods and the New"; and in season 3, "Dark Wings, Dark Words".

Early life[edit]

As a child, Taylor wrote fairy tales. From age twelve, Taylor pursued acting and singing. She attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.[1]:84 She joined the Groundlings for two years.[1]:57


Her television credits include Game of Thrones, Gideon's Crossing, Alias (hired by J.J. Abrams), Everwood (hired by Greg Berlanti), Tell Me You Love Me, and Cupid. She also co-created Jack & Bobby.[2]

Taylor wrote Hope Springs, a 2012 film directed by David Frankel, with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Carell played Dr. Feld, “a marriage therapist who tries to help a couple rekindle their loveless relationship after 31 years of marriage.”[3]

She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2014 sci-fi action film Divergent.

She also co-wrote the screenplay alongside with Guillermo del Toro for the fantasy adventure film The Shape of Water.

In 2017, it was announced that a live-action reboot of Disney's Aladdin was in the works with Vanessa Taylor's name attached as screenwriter and will re-write the script (specifically to do some "character work" and what is called "script doctoring") with John August and Guy Ritchie, whom the latter will direct the film.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Drama Series) in 2012, and a WGA Award—TV (Drama Series) in 2013, both for Game of Thrones.[2] She was also nominated for a WIN Outstanding Writer Award (Outstanding Film or Show Written by a Woman) in 2012 for Hope Springs.[2]