Maria Semple worked in Los Angeles as a television writer for 15 years, working on hit shows including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. She lives in Seattle. After high school, Kathleen Wilhoite enrolled at USC Drama School. One month later, she landed her first movie role in Private School. Throughout the 1980 and 90's, she appeared in a number of film and TV projects as both leads and second leads where her brash sexuality and unconventional style was eagerly put on display. She appeared noticeably opposite Charles Bronson in Murphy's Law, Robert De Niro in Angel Heart, Patrick Swayze in Road House, and Nick Nolte in Everybody Wins and Lorenzo's Oil. She stars along side Nicholas Cage in The Hungry Rabbit Jumps and co-stars with Robert Carlyle in California Solo. She has also had two record deals where she's toured with bands around the world and has written songs for a multiple of shows. She's a native of Santa Barbara and now lives in Studio City with her husband and three children.