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Pamela Wallace

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Pamela Wallace
Born1949 (age 74–75)
Exeter, California
Pen nameDianne King, Pamela Simpson
OccupationScreenwriter, novelist
(died 2018)

Pamela Wallace (born 1949 in Exeter, California) is an American screenwriter and author. She won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay for the movie Witness. Wallace has also written 25 romance novels, under her own name and the pseudonyms Pamela Simpson and Dianne King.

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The original script for Witness was conceived by Pamela Wallace in the 1970s and was inspired by an episode of the western drama series Gunsmoke. The idea was turned into a screenplay by her husband Earl W. Wallace and his colleague William Kelley in 1983.[1][2] The script was rejected multiple times but was finally purchased by producer Edward S. Feldman. The resulting film, Witness, was released in 1985 and starred Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The following year, Wallace received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay along with William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace for Witness.[3] The script also won awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Writers Guild of America.[4] The Writers Guild later named Witness to their list of the Top 101 Greatest Scripts.[5]

Later work

In the late 1980s, Wallace collaborated with fellow screenwriter Madeline DiMaggio on a screenplay they called If The Shoe Fits. This was made into a low-budget movie that barely resembled their script. Wallace was given the opportunity to remove her name from the movie credits, but she chose to keep the credit for her resume despite her dislike of the movie.[6]

By the late 1990s, Wallace was once again writing successful screenplays. She wrote the first segment of the award-winning 1996 HBO movie, If These Walls Could Talk.[7] The following year, Borrowed Hearts became one of the highest-rated CBS movies.[4]

Wallace also adapted one of her own novels, Straight From the Heart into a screenplay for Hallmark Channel. The resulting movie became the highest-rated film for the network in 2003.[4] She also penned the screenplay for the 2006 Hallmark Channel movie Though None Go with Me, starring Cheryl Ladd. She has written several other Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Network movies.


Wallace has written 25 romance novels.[4] These have been published under her own name, as well as the pseudonyms Dianne King and Pamela Simpson.[8] An additional pen name, Pamela Simpson, came about through a collaboration with Carla Simpson, who had previously written eleven historical romance novels under the pseudonym Quinn Taylor Evans. In the early 1990s the pair completed three contemporary romantic suspense novels. The novels were translated into seven languages. Two of them, Fortune's Child and Partners in Time, were optioned for film.[9]

In 2000, Wallace wrote a nonfiction book called You Can Write a Screenplay. Drawing on her own experiences in Hollywood, the book walked readers through the entire screenwriting process, beginning with the initial idea. It provided tips for writing the screenplay, as well as advice on how to sell the completed work.[3]


She has served as an executive producer for the cable television series Beyond the Break,[5] as well as for the television movies Last Chance Cafe and A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride.


Selected bibliography


  • Dream Lost, Dreams Found
  • Love with the Perfect Stranger
  • Straight From the Heart
  • Tears in the Rain

as Pamela Simpson

  • Fortune's Child (with Carla Simpson)
  • Partners in Time (with Carla Simpson)


  • You Can Write a Screenplay (2000)


  1. ^ McGivern 2020, p. 2.
  2. ^ Feldman 2005, pp. 180–190.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Lenore (September 10, 2001). "Book review: You Can Write a Movie by Pamela Wallace". Script Market News. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  4. ^ a b c d ""Witness" Co-screenwriter Pamela Wallace Featured at Hollywood by the Bay Screenwriting Conference; 1986 Movie Won Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay". Business Wire. August 29, 2003. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  5. ^ a b "Conference Speakers - Pamela Wallace". The Screenwriter's Journey. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  6. ^ Hamlett, Christina (April 7, 2003). "Follow Your Dream: An Interview with Madeline DiMaggio". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  7. ^ "News Flash: Interview with Pamela Wallace". Producers' and Directors' Guild of Victoria. May 10, 2005. Archived from the original on August 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  8. ^ "Author Profile: Pamela Wallace". Romantic Times. Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  9. ^ "Carla Simpson". Kensington Books. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-29.


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