Fran Walsh: The Wife, Co-Writer, and Producer of Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh is not only the wife of Peter Jackson, the acclaimed director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. She is also a successful screenwriter, film producer, and lyricist who has collaborated with Jackson on all of his films since 1989. In this blog post, we will explore her life, career, and relationship with Jackson.
Early Life and Education
Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959, in Wellington, New Zealand. She grew up in a musical family, as her grandfather was a composer and pianist who taught her how to play the piano. She also learned to play the guitar and sing at an early age. She graduated from Wellington Girls’ College in 1977, where she was very quiet and intelligent.
She then enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington, where she majored in English literature and graduated in 1981. She also performed as a busker and a waitress in Wellington, where she met other aspiring musicians and artists.
Career and Achievements
Fran Walsh started her professional career as a writer for television, working on shows such as A Woman of Good Character and Worzel Gummidge Down Under. She met Peter Jackson in the mid-1980s, when he was making his low-budget horror comedy Bad Taste. They became friends and he invited her to co-write his next film, the puppet satire Meet the Feebles.
She soon became an integral part of Jackson’s filmmaking team, co-writing and producing all of his subsequent films, such as Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, King Kong, The Lovely Bones, and Mortal Engines. She also co-wrote and produced the epic adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which earned her multiple awards and nominations, including three Oscars for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
She is also a talented lyricist, who has written songs for some of Jackson’s films, such as “Into the West” and “Song of the Lonely Mountain”. She has also collaborated with other artists, such as Howard Shore, Annie Lennox, and Neil Finn.
Relationship with Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson have been together since 1987, and have never married. They have two children together: Billy, born in 1995, and Katie, born in 1996. They live in Wellington, New Zealand, where they have their own film studio, Weta Workshop, and their own post-production facility, Park Road Post.
They have a happy and supportive relationship, and share many interests and passions. They often work together on their film projects, from writing to editing to producing. They also support various causes and charities, such as animal welfare, environmental protection, and arts education.
|Billy and Katie
|BA in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington
|Screenwriter, Film Producer, and Lyricist
|Reading, Music, Gardening
Fran Walsh is a talented and successful screenwriter, film producer, and lyricist, who is also the partner of Peter Jackson, one of the most renowned and influential filmmakers in the world. They have a happy and supportive relationship, and share many interests and passions. Fran Walsh is an inspiration for many aspiring screenwriters and producers, as well as a role model for many fans of Peter Jackson. She is a remarkable woman who deserves recognition and admiration.