|Intimate Portrait: Holly Hunter||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|Swing Shift||1984||Actor||Bible Pusher||19847|
|A Family Tree||1988 1987 - 1988||Writer||n/a||1|
|It Must be Love||Writer||n/a||1|
|Crimes of the Heart||1986||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Nobody's Fool||1986||From Story||n/a||1|
|Crimes of the Heart||1986||Play as Source Material||("Crimes of the Heart")||1|
|Miss Firecracker||1989||Play as Source Material||("The Miss Firecracker Contest")||1|
|Raised in Jackson, Mississippi|
|Wrote TV pilot for "Morgan's Daughter"|
|Began writing "Crimes of the Heart"; first produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1979|
|Wrote play "Impossible Marriage"; produced Off-Broadway with Holly Hunter in the lead|
|Feature acting debut, cameo as a bible pusher, "Swing Shift"|
|"Signatures" debuted at the New York Stage and Film Company|
|Served as a writer for the Jonathan Demme PBS special, "A Family Tree"|
|Moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career|
|Debuted new play "Family Week"|
|Co-wrote first screenplay with David Byrne and Stephen Tobolowsky, "True Stories"|
|Play "Abundance" premiered at South Coast Repertory before transferring to Off-Broadway|
|Solo screenwriting debut, from her story of the same title, "Nobody's Fool"|
|Had first play produced while still a college sophomore, the one-act "Am I Blue"|
|Wrote draft of screenplay for the film version of the novel "The Shipping News"|
Henley's first screen credit was for her contributions to the screenplay of "True Stories" (1986), co-written with David Byrne and her companion Stephen Tobolowsky. That same year, her first solo screenplay, "Nobody's Fool" was produced. Directed by Evelyn Purcell, "Nobody's Fool" was a quirky romantic comedy which depicted the growing relationship between an outcast waitress (Roseanna Arquette) and a drifter (Eric Roberts) in a small Southern town. Also in 1986, Bruce Beresford helmed the feature version of "Crimes of the Heart", starring Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange. Henley received an Oscar nod for her screenplay. She went on to adapt another of her plays as "Miss Firecracker" (1989), about a local beauty pageant. Starring in the latter was Holly Hunter who had a long association with the playwright, having appeared in stage productions of "Crimes of the Heart", "The Wake of Jamey Foster", "The Lucky Spot" and "The Miss Firecracker Contest".
Henley's one screen acting role was as a Bible pusher in Jonathan Demme's "Swing Shift" (1984).
|Elizabeth Caldwell||Mother||involved in local theater; divorced from Henley's father c. 1968; remarried|
|Charles Henley||Father||involved in local politics; divorced from Henley's mother c. 1968; died at age 52 in 1978|
|Patrick Henley||Son||born c. 1995|
|Stephen Tobolowsky||Companion||met as college undergraduates; lived together until c. 1989|
|University of Illinois|
|Southern Methodist University|
|"Life must be looked at with irony and humor. You may be beaten and defeated but your spirit cannot be conquered. You WILL overcome bad times; you WILL have strength of character; you'll be better for the negative things which you are experiencing." -- Henley quoted in press information from "Nobody's Fool"|
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