“I have absolutely set out over my career to move the female protagonist forward through time. Growing up, my favorite movie was Lawrence of Arabia, and I wanted to see a woman lead that life of adventure… [On Beauty and the Beast] I’d say, ‘Belle is not baking a cake! She’s putting pins in a map of where she wants to go in her life.’ I’m sure I was a total pain… but look what happened. We got Belle out of it.”
— Linda Woolverton
Linda Woolverton (Screenwriter) Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland
Fun Fact: Woolverton is the first woman to write an animated Disney feature.