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Karen McCullah

writer Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, The House Bunny, She's the Man, The Ugly Truth

Karen McCullah has written the movies LEGALLY BLONDE starring Reese Witherspoon, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, ELLA ENCHANTED starring Anne Hathaway, SHE’S THE MAN starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, THE HOUSE BUNNY starring Anna Faris, and THE UGLY TRUTH starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and the indie dramedy CRAZY KIND OF LOVE, starring Virginia Madsen and Amanda Crew.

Upcoming projects include a remake of SISTER ACT at Disney, a based-on-a-true-band feature called THE MYDOLS for Alcon and THE BABY SHOWER for Constantin (it’s not about a baby shower.)  She also worked on THE CIVILIAN, an upcoming Jackie Chan film going into production in January.  THE EXPENDABELLES, the female spin-off of The Expendables franchise, also goes into production in 2016.

Her novel The Bachelorette Party was published by St. Martin’s Press and translated into a dozen languages, none of which she can read.

Karen is a graduate of James Madison University in Virginia. Before becoming a screenwriter and novelist, her careers included marketing and PR, painting furniture that she sold in galleries in New Mexico, travel writing, and teaching creative workshops to teen gang members. In her youth, she worked for such prestigious firms as McDonald’s, Bob’s Big Boy and The Olive Garden.

Her awards include Biggest Partier 1985-1987 in the Alpha Gamma Delta house .

Karen has lived in Maryland, Japan, New Jersey, Virginia, New Mexico, and Colorado. She currently resides in the Hollywood Hills. When not writing, she hikes, surfs, travels, wastes a shitload of time on Facebook and drinks a goodly amount of wine.