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Carol Sobieski (March 16, 1939 – November 4, 1990) was an American screenwriter whose work included the scripts for Annie (1982) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).

Carol Sobieski
Sobieski with her son James
Carol O'Brien

March 16, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, United States
DiedNovember 4, 1990(1990-11-04) (aged 51)
Years active1964–1990
Spouse(s)James Louis Sobieski
AwardsHumanitas Prize
1978 Family

Early lifeEdit

Sobieski was born Carol O'Brien in Chicago, Illinois, in 1939.[1] Her father was a lawyer and her mother a politician and teacher.[1] Five years later, the family moved close to Amarillo in Texas.[1] Sobieski attended Smith College and received her Master's degree in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin.[1] She married lawyer James Louis Sobieski in 1964, and they had three children.[1][2]

Film careerEdit

In 1978, Sobieski won the Humanitas Prize for the television series Family. She was nominated for two Emmy Awards, for Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking in 1977, and Sarah, Plain and Tall in 1991. Sobieski died of liver disease in 1990 in Santa Monica, California.[1] The 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes won Sobieski (posthumously) and author Fannie Flagg the 1991 USC Scripter Award. They were also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Cottrell, Debbie Mauldin. "SOBIESKI, CAROL O'BRIEN". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
  2. ^ Blau, Eleanor (9 November 1990). "Carol Sobieski, 51, A Writer of Scripts For Films and TV". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Carol Sobieski > Overview". Allmovie. Archived from the original on 2006-04-26. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent (1978-03-17). "Casey's Shadow". The New York Times.

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