RON BASS (Co-screenwriter/Producer)

One of Hollywood's most prolific screenwriter-producers, RON BASS (Co-screenwriter/Producer) began his career as an entertainment lawyer upon graduation from Harvard University. In the mid-1980s he began scriptwriting full-time and in 1988 won an Academy Award (with Barry Morrow) for Rain Man.

A Los Angeles native, Bass began to read and write before age six while bed-ridden during early childhood. At 17, he completed a novel which, re-worked, was later published as The Perfect Thief. He studied political science at Stanford University, then continued on to Yale with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. During his time as an attorney, he wrote two additional novels in the morning hours before his workday began, Lime's Crisis and The Emerald Illusion, the latter becoming a film in 1985: Code Name: Emerald.

The success of Rain Man, in 1988, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, established him within the industry. He has subsequently co-written films based on three best-sellers with their femme authors: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (1993), which he co-produced; along with two Terry McMillan best-sellers. Waiting to Exhale (1995) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), both of which he executive produced. He co-wrote and executive produced the Robin Williams metaphysical starrer, What Dreams May Come.

Prominent among his credits are three films starring Julia Roberts: Sleeping with the Enemy, My Best Friend's Wedding (produced with Jerry Zucker) and Stepmom (co-written and executive produced). Other credits include Passion of Mind (due out next year); Entrapment and Dangerous Minds, for which he also wrote the television pilot.

In adapting the complex novel Snow Falling On Cedars, Bass utilized his legal expertise, his interest in political science and social justice, and his storytelling gifts. He comments: "The novel had a wonderful interconnectedness -love, war, politics, race, history. It said who we really are to each other gets lost in abstractions like race."

Bass has completed work on Memoirs of a Geisha (to be directed by Steven Spielberg) and The Shipping News, an adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Bass has homes in both Los Angeles and New York.

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