National Cowgirl Museum to honor Callie Khouri

T. Bone Burnett, Callie Khouri at the AARP Luncheon IHO Jeff Bridges at the Spago on August 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has named Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Callie Khouri as the 2016 Patsy Montana Award recipient.

Khouri will be honored at the Fort Worth museum in October at a private event hosted by board members Nancy Pearce and Stephanie Haymes-Roven.

The Patsy Montana Award recognizes those whose work in the entertainment field continues and advances the tradition of the cowgirl in the areas of film, television, music, writing and theater.

“The National Cowgirl Museum honors and celebrates strong women who make a difference, and as we say ‘always saddle their own horse.’ Callie Khouri will fit right in with this remarkable group of women,” said Pearce.

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Khouri, who is married to Grammy winner and Fort Worth native T Bone Burnett, is the creator and executive producer of Nashville. In 1992 she won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the controversial film Thelma and Louise. Khouri followed Thelma and Louise with 1995’s Something to Talk About, and then made her directorial debut with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Khouri continues to be honored for her writing in film and television as well as her commitment to the honest portrayal of women on screen. Her accolades include Nashville Women in Film’s 2016 Woman of the Year; induction into the 2016 SOURCE Awards Hall of Fame; and the National Women’s History Museum’s 2015 Women Making History Award. Khouri served on the Writers Guild of America board of directors from 1996-1998 and from 2000-2002.