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Erin Cressida Wilson (born February 12, 1964) is an American playwright, screenwriter, professor, and author.[1]

Erin Cressida Wilson
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Born (1964-02-12) February 12, 1964 (age 55)
San Francisco, California, USA
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, author
SpouseJ. C. MacKenzie (1 child)

Wilson is known for the 2002 film Secretary, which she adapted from a Mary Gaitskill short story. It won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and currently holds a rating of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

She also wrote the screenplays for the 2006 film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, starring Nicole Kidman; for the 2009 erotic thriller Chloe, directed by Atom Egoyan (remake of the 2003 French film Nathalie...); for the 2014 drama Men, Women & Children, co-written with its director Jason Reitman (from the novel by Chad Kultgen); and the 2016 mystery thriller The Girl on the Train, from the Paula Hawkins novel of the same name and it is her highest grossing film to date.[3][4][5][6]

Wilson has also authored dozens of plays and short works. She has taught at Duke University,[7] Brown University,[8] and University of California, Santa Barbara.[9]


Early lifeEdit


Wilson studied Theatre at Smith College, a women’s college in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Filmography as screenwriterEdit


  1. ^ "Erin Cressida Wilson". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Secretary". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus". Metacritic.
  4. ^ "Chloe". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ "Men, Women & Children". Rotten Tomatoes.
  6. ^ "The Girl on the Train". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. ^ "The Art of Adaptation". Duke Magazine.
  8. ^ "New Humanities Faculty 2003". Brown University Administration.
  9. ^ "Script to Screen: Secretary". Carsey-Wolf Center UCSB.
  10. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (July 30, 2018). "Paramount Players Plots Remake Of 'Indecent Proposal;' Erin Cressida Wilson Writing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2018.

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