Screenwriter Katherine Fugate is probably best known as the writer of the hit film, “Valentine’s Day,” directed by Garry Marshall and starring an all-star cast. Sold as an original pitch to New Line Cinema, “Valentine’s Day” broke several box office records. Katherine also wrote the follow-up film, “New Year’s Eve,” which is currently in production and will be released in theatres on December 9, 2011.
Katherine is the creator of the hit television drama series “Army Wives” (ABC/Lifetime) where she is also served as Executive Producer for two years. The series is now in its 5th season.
It is the most successful series in the network’s 24-year history and was awarded a WIN award and a Gracie Award in its first year. Katherine has appeared on television and in the US Senate where she spoke about the PTSD issues highlighted in the TV series.
In July, 2008, Katherine was chosen as 1 of 50 women in Daily Variety’s Annual Women of Impact in Hollywood issue. She was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West and has served two terms.
Katherine is also the writer of several feature films including “The Prince & Me” (Paramount/Lionsgate, 2004) starring Julia Stiles, which has also gone on to create several sequels based on her original characters.
In addition to her knack for getting original stories on the page, Katherine has a fearless streak that helps her get things done behind the scenes in Hollywood. In 2003, casting began on a feature film she had written, “Carolina” (Miramax Films, 2004). The film was largely autobiographical and the role of Grandma Mirabeau was based on Katherine’s own grandmother, who had recently passed away. Katherine had her heart set on Shirley MacLaine, who had passed on the script unread, having given up on Hollywood. So she went to the unusual length of dressing up as a messenger to hand deliver the script and a personal note to MacLaine at her Malibu home. The gambit worked, and MacLaine called just hours later to accept the role.
Holding a BA in Theater Directing, Katherine has formed a film company Carpe Diem Films, Inc., in order to write, produce and direct message-driven films. Carpe Diem Films has optioned both book rights and life rights, with projects set up and in development.
Katherine has roots in both Southern California and in New Orleans, where she is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints. Charity work is a passion of hers and she’s contributed time and money to issues regarding teen runaways, children of alcoholics, domestic violence and rebuilding the city of New Orleans, post-Katrina.
She has always been close to her aunt, “I Dream of Jeannie” star, Barbara Eden, who has been a constant source of strength, so much so that Katherine named her daughter, Madeleine Barbara.