Radcliffe College; Harvard University. Amherst College.
She wrote the screenplays for Tim Burton"s films Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. She co-wrote the story for Edward Scissorhands and recently co-adapted a new stage version of the film with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Recently it has been announced that she will adapt the screenplay for the film version of Wicked Lovely, a bestselling fantasy series.
She received her early education in Washington.
Thereafter she went to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and eventually graduating from Amherst College in English and classic literature in 1978. Thompson moved to Los Angeles, supporting herself as a freelance book reviewer and writer
In 1983, she published a novel "First Born" which director Penelope Spheeris chose to make into a film, and from whom she started learning scriptwriting while writing the drafts of the film"s screenplay. Though the movie was never made, the project gave her the impetus to find a new career as a screenwriter.
Her other works include Snow White for Hallmark, starring Miranda Richardson and Kristin Kreuk, The Secret Garden, Buddy, Black Beauty, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and The Addams Family.
From the above, she directed as her directorial debut, followed by Snow White in 2001 for television and Buddy. Her recent screenplay for Wicked Lovely, intended to be directed by Mary Harron, was in turnaround in 2011. Thompson was recently presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2011 Austin Film Festival.
(Book by Thompson, Caroline, Wilson, Larry)
Member Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Alfred Henry Bromell, August 28, 1982 (divorced 1985).