Erin Cressida Wilson

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Erin Cressida Wilson
Born (1964-02-12) February 12, 1964 (age 60)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, author
Years active2002–present
SpouseJ. C. MacKenzie

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

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 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. The latter is her highest-grossing film to date.[3][4][5][6] She was also a writer-producer on the HBO series Vinyl.[7]

Wilson has also authored dozens of plays and short works. She has taught at Duke University,[8] Brown University,[9] and the University of California, Santa Barbara.[10]

Early life[edit]


Wilson attended San Francisco University High School and studied Theatre at Smith College, a women's college in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Filmography as screenwriter[edit]


  • When the Girls Come Out to Play (1985)
  • Dakota's Belly, Wyoming (1986)
  • Flying Hormones (1989)
  • Rio Esmerelda (1989)
  • Soiled Eyes of a Ghost (1989)
  • Cross-Dressing in the Depression (1993)
  • My Girl is in Front (1996)
  • Hurricane (1998)
  • The Erotica Project (1999)
  • The Trail of Her Inner Thigh (1999)
  • Stop All the Clocks (2002)
  • Wilder (2003)
  • Hands (2013)[14]


  1. ^ Andrea LeVasseur (2016). "Erin Cressida Wilson". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-24.
  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. ^ "Erin Cressida Wilson". IMDb. Retrieved September 3, 2023.
  8. ^ "The Art of Adaptation". Duke Magazine.
  9. ^ "New Humanities Faculty 2003". Brown University Administration.
  10. ^ "Script to Screen: Secretary". Carsey-Wolf Center UCSB.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 30, 2018). "Paramount Players Plots Remake Of 'Indecent Proposal;' Erin Cressida Wilson Writing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Grobar, Matt (24 January 2023). "Madonna Biopic At Universal Not Moving Forward". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  13. ^ Donnelly, Matt (24 January 2023). "Madonna Biopic Starring Julia Garner Scrapped as Singer Embarks on World Tour (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  14. ^ "Erin Cressida Wilson". Doollee. Retrieved September 3, 2023.

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