Bonnie Curtis was born in Texas and graduated as Valedictorian from Abilene Christian University with a BA in journalism. She moved to Los Angeles with her first love in mind: film.
Curtis immediately found production work on the films Dead Poets Society and Arachnophobia before being hired as Steven Spielberg’s assistant in 1990, embarking on what would become a 15-year professional relationship with the acclaimed director.
After the films Hook and Jurassic Park, Curtis became a Production Associate on Schindler’s List and served as Associate Producer on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. In 1998 she Co-Produced the epic blockbuster Saving Private Ryan, for which she received the Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America. Next came A.I. Artificial Intelligence, followed in 2002 by Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise.
Fulfilling a longtime desire to work with a first-time filmmaker, Curtis produced The Chumscrubber with Lawrence Bender (Good Will Hunting, An Inconvenient Truth) for first-time director Arie Posin in 2005. The film starred Glenn Close, Ralph Fiennes, and Jamie Bell and was an official selection for both the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival, and it won the “Audience Award for Best Film” at the Moscow Film Festival.
Next up was Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Janet McTeer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Brendan Gleeson, which Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child) directed in Dublin, Ireland. She produced the film with Close, Garcia’s longtime producer, Julie Lynn, and Alan Moloney (Breakfast on Pluto). The film received three Academy Award nominations.
Following Albert Nobbs, Curtis partnered with Lynn under Lynn’s production company label: Mockingbird Pictures. Since joining forces, the two have produced The Face of Love, which Curtis’s Chumscrubber director, Posin, co-wrote and directed. The film stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams, and was released March 2014. Curtis and Lynn are currently awaiting release on 5 to 7, a romantic dramedy starring Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Olivia Thirlby, and Lambert Wilson. The film was written and directed by longtime TV-writer Victor Levin (Mad Men, Mad About You). In post-production right now is Mockingbird Pictures’ most recent project, Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, starring Ewan McGregor, Ciaran Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, and Tye Sheridan.
In 2002 Ms. Curtis was featured as one of 30 “Great Women of Film” in Helena Lumme’s best-selling book of the same name from Watson Guptill Press. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Women in Film Topaz Award from the Dallas chapter. She has co-chaired GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) Respect Awards for the past five years and has served as an Honor Society Member for the organization since 2005, and she currently serves on the organization’s National Leadership Council.
She has spent the last decade speaking on various panels and podiums for Women in Film, Producers Guild of America, American Film Institute, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film schools and festivals across the globe. On the corporate circuit, she was recently a keynote speaker for both the Domestic Administrative Professionals and the International Administrative Professionals as well as Out and Equal. She was a featured speaker at both the CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) Teachers Conference and The Center for Early Education’s Parent Conference. She has also spoken to the junior high and high school students of various CAIS schools, including Harvard Westlake, Brentwood, and Campbell Hall.
Ms. Curtis lives with her partner of 15 years, graphic artist Kim Lincoln, and their daughter Maggie.