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  • Grew up in Kentucky.
  • Majored in drama at college and studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in California.
  • Worked in film production, producing commercials and music videos.
  • While working as a secretary, wrote Thelma & Louise (1991), her debut screenplay.
  • Named one of Glamour magazine's Top 10 Women of the Year in 1991.
  • In 2005, received the Horton Foote Award for Special Achievement in Screenwriting.
  • Prior to creating the TV series Nashville in 2012, she had a history with the city: As a child, she visited relatives who lived there, and she lived there herself from 1978 to 1982.


  • 1992, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1992, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner


  • T-Bone Burnett — Husband


  • Attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States

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  • Birth Name: Carolyn Ann Khouri
  • Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Director, Producer

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