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Diane Thomas

Born: Jan 7, 1946

Death: Oct 21, 1985

Profession: Screenwriter

Nationality: United States

Diane Thomas

Date of Birth : Jan 7, 1946
Date of Death : Oct 21, 1985

Diane Renee Thomas 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. She was born January 7, 1946 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Her family moved to Long Beach, California when she was 12 years old. She attended the University of Southern California and majored in business. Then, according to her obituary, "She worked as an advertising copywriter, wrote travel brochures, took acting classes and worked toward a degree in psychology." In 1978, while working "every spare hour for a year" on Romancing the Stone, Thomas was a waitress at Coral Beach Cantina on the Pacific Coast Highway. It took less than a week for her agent, Norman Kurland, to sell the script. Kurland had sent it to several major studios. Actor/producer Michael Douglas and Columbia Pictures bought the script, though the film would later be made by 20th Century Fox.


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