Callie Khouri

Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Khouri began as a producer of music videos and production coordinator of the "Rigoletto" segment of the film "Aria" (1987) before writing the script for the controversial "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Praised as an ... Read more »
Born: 11/26/1957 in San Antonio, Texas, USA


Writer (4)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)


Mighty Joe Young 1998 (Movie)


Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)


Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Director (3)

Nashville 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)


Mad Money 2008 (Movie)


Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Actor (3)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The Road 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Producer (1)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)



Khouri began as a producer of music videos and production coordinator of the "Rigoletto" segment of the film "Aria" (1987) before writing the script for the controversial "Thelma & Louise" (1991). Praised as an exuberant, liberating, feminist buddy film and female take on road movies by a majority of critics, the feature was also reviled by others as a pseudo-feminist revenge fantasy in which the two central characters shoot and kill a man with his hands raised in surrender, rob a convenience store and choose suicide over facing the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, critical and popular favor came down on Khouri's side, with the writer winning several awards, most notably an Oscar. Whatever the screenplay's merits or compromises, it did raise issues about gender politics which were hotly debated by both media and public alike. That feat was not repeated by Khouri's subsequent screenplay for "Something to Talk About" (1995), a popular and generally well-received comedy-drama about a woman's world turned upside down by her husband's infidelity. The feminist sentiments were still there, but the tone was inescapably gentler and more eager to please.


Virginia Khouri


David Warfield

Married in 1990 divorced


Strasburg Institute

Los Angeles , California

Purdue University

West Lafayette , Indiana
Also studied landscape architecture



Helmed the comedy, "Mad Money" co-starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah


Feature directorial debut with "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"; also wrote adapted screenplay


Announced plans to make her directorial debut with the feature "Virgin of the Rodeo"; never produced


Scripted "Something to Talk About" starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid


Scripted and produced first feature, "Thelma & Louise"


Signed a two-picture writing and directing deal with James L Brooks's Gracie Films (July)


Production coordinator for the "Rigoletto" segment of the anthology "Aria"

Settled in Los Angeles; studied acting and worked as receptionist at a commercial and music video production house

Family moved to a log cabin in Paducah, KY when she was six

Moved to Nashville, TN where she acted in theater productions and supported herself as a waitress

Began producing pop music videos for acts such as Alice Cooper, Robert Cray and Winger

Bonus Trivia


"I wanted to see what happens when you put women behind the wheel, put the guns in their hands. When you go to the movies, you always watch the woman who is victimized or trying not to die of some terminal illness. That's not much fun. I wrote it so women would walk out feeling good about themselves." - Callie Khouri on "Thelma & Louise" to USAToday, June 6, 1991


She received a special award from New York Women in Communications (1992)


Before she got her showbiz break, Khouri waited on Gloria Steinem while she was working as a waitress in Beverly Hills: Steinem gave Khouri words of encouragement after Khouri thanked her for all she has done to help women