Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Profiling Screenwriter: Diane Thomas

Although Diane's life ended far too soon, hopefully, the way that she broke into the industry will be an encouragement.

Write on and never give up.


Diane Thomas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Diane Thomas (January 7, 1946–October 21, 1985) was a screenwriter. She was working as a waitress while writing scripts and then had the opportunity to pitch the script for Romancing the Stone to customer Michael Douglas who then bought, produced, and starred in the film with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

Diane Thomas died in a car accident in October 1985;[1] this was only about six weeks before the sequel to Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile was released. Ms. Thomas was busy writing for the movie Always for Steven Spielberg and was not available to write Jewel of the Nile.

In the Special Edition of Romancing the Stone DVD, Michael Douglas stated in an interview that he had purchased a Porsche for Thomas as a present for her work with him on Romancing and help with scenes on Jewel of the Nile. Thomas was a passenger in the Porsche, while her companion driving it caused the accident, killing her instantly. The accident, according to Michael Douglas, occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway. The companion was identified as male and was driving while intoxicated.
Following her death, UCLA created the prestigious Diane Thomas Screenwriting Awards in her honor. Original judges included Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, James Brooks and Kathleen Kennedy.


Anonymous said...

Here's a link to a picture of Diane Rene Thomas.


What a lovely lady, may she rest in peace.

JFK Miller said...

Romancing the Stone has enthralled me ever since I first saw it as a boy in 1984 and though I've seen it a hundred times since its charms me still. Diane - a magical script, thank you. You left us too early.