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‘Romancing The Stone’ Movie Writer Killed In Car Crash

October 23, 1985 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Diane Rene Thomas, who wrote the screenplay for the movie ″Romancing the Stone,″ was killed when the sports car in which she was riding skidded out of control and hit a power pole, police said Tuesday.

Miss Thomas, 39, of Pacific Palisades, was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-car accident about 11 p.m. Monday on Pacific Coast Highway south of Malibu, traffic Officer John Balicki said.

Another passenger, Ian Forbes Young, 40, of Malibu, died about three hours after the accident, coroner’s spokesman Bill Gold said.

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The driver, actor Stephen Norman, was taken to UCLA Medical Center with cuts, bruses and possible internal injuries. Norman, 27, was being tested to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol, Balicki said.

The Porsche convertible, which another motorist said was traveling at about 75 mph, sailed off the rain-slickened road and smashed into a wooden power pole, shearing it off at its base, Balicki said.

Thomas’ screenplay for the adventure-comedy ″Romancing the Stone″ was her first film sale and her first screen credit, said John DeSimio, a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, which released the film last year.

A box office hit, ″Romancing the Stone,″ starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. It has grossed more than $70 million, DeSimio said.

Before turning to screenwriting, Thomas dabbled in acting and worked as an advertising copywriter after attending the University of Southern California, where she majored in marketing.

Since her successful screenwriting debut, Thomas wrote or rewrote several screenplays for various production companies. She was most recently under contract to Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Productions, DeSimio said.