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Linda Woolverton

Hollywood Screenwriter

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Linda Woolverton talks about her early career at CBS, her first novel "Star Wind," and how she landed a career at Disney where she set out to change the nature of the victim heroine.
In 2010, Linda Woolverton made history for her work on the screenplay for box office success "Alice In Wonderland." She became the first and only female screenwriter with a sole writing credit on a billion dollar film.    The author of several acclaimed Disney films and stage musicals began her career with Disney in 1991, when one of her novels caught the attention of a Disney executive.   She was soon hired by Disney to write the script of the animated motion picture, "Beauty and the Beast," which became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards.   Woolverton also adapted the script of "Beauty and the Beast" for the Broadway stage. The play was later nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book in a Musical. Woolverton also wrote the book for Disney's third renowned Broadway production "Aida." She has also authored "Star Wind" and "Running Before the Wind" as well as co-wrote the script for "The Lion King" in 1994 and "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" in 1993. She wrote the screenplay for Disney's "Maleficent" featuring a woman who becomes the fiercest protector of a forest kingdom.   The American screenwriter, playwright, and novelist previously served as a coach to children acting in commercials and as a development executive for CBS, concentrating on both children's and late-night programming. In 1984 she began a career as a children's television writer, authoring scripts for shows such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Ducktales."    Woolverton graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts and a Masters Degree in Theater for Children at California State University. After completing her Masters Degree she formed her own children's theater company and wrote, directed, and performed all over California in churches, malls, schools, and local theaters.

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