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Caroline Thompson

writer/director Black Beauty; writer Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, The Secret Garden, The Nightmare Before Christmas
Caroline Thompson was born April 23, 1956 in Washington, D.C.  She graduated from Amherst College in 1978 and moved to California in 1979.  In 1983, she published a novel, FIRST BORN (Coward, McCann).  She adapted the book with and for the director, Penelope Spheeris.  Though the movie was never made, Caroline found she loved writing screenplays and focused her energy in that direction.  Her first movie, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, came out in 1990 from Fox, and was briskly followed by THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Paramount, 1991), HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (Disney, 1993); THE SECRET GARDEN (Warners, 1993); THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Touchstone, 1993), and BLACK BEAUTY (Warners, 1994).  She also directed BLACK BEAUTY, then wrote and directed her next two movies: BUDDY (Columbia, 1997) and SNOW WHITE: THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL (Hallmark/ABC, 2001).  Finding that she by far prefers writing to directing, Caroline focused again on screenwriting.  In the ‘00s, in addition to SNOW WHITE, she wrote, CORPSE BRIDE (Warners, 2005) and CITY OF EMBER (Walden/Fox, 2008).   Co-writing with her husband, Steve Nicolaides, she is currently working on an adaptation of Ellen Cooney’s THE MOUNTAINTOP SCHOOL FOR DOGS AND OTHER SECOND CHANCES.  She is also diving into a pilot for her first cable series, an adaptation of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker.  She has taken up oil painting – a new creative challenge to feed the soul -- and is doing volunteer work.  She lives near Santa Barbara, California, with her husband and three dogs.