No: 02-PB-07  Contact: Melissa Winston


Gallagher Heads to

American Film Institute Conservatory

Olive Gallagher, composer, author, and columnist,

is returning to Southern California to enter the 2007 Masters Program in Screenwriting at AFI.

Santa Fe NM………………………………. Olive Gallagher, syndicated columnist of The Inner Bottom Line® and author of The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life™ has just announced her acceptance into the AFI Conservatory.  She will be attending this prestigious institution’s Masters Program in Screenwriting.

Prior to founding and becoming CEO of Personal Best® in 1985, Gallagher had a productive and long performance career in the entertainment industry as an actor, singer and ASCAP songwriter.  She returned full time to acting in feature films in 2004 and in August,  2007, will turn her attention to this demanding two-year curriculum.


“It is an honor and privilege to be included in the incoming Fellows.” Gallagher responded.  “This kind of opportunity to learn “hands-on” from the best in the business doesn’t come along often. I am thrilled at the challenge.”

In the past three years, Gallagher has appeared in Astronaut Farmer (Warners), In From The Night (Hallmark), North Country (Warners), Trade (Lionsgate), In Plain Sight (NBC) and most recently Sunshine Cleaning

She also appeared in the female principal role of Wanda McCray in “A Piece of Pie” that won raves and the Governors Cup Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival in December 2006.  The film also was awarded Best Short Film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in February 2007.

“I guess I’ve never left being in front of the camera.  Whether playing a role myself, writing a role, or reflecting and listening to what others have to say about the challenges in playing out their own realities, it all comes down to dealing compassionately with complicated lives and emotions.”


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