Multi-talented Kernochan began her career as a ghostwriter for the Village Voice shortly after graduating from Sarah Lawrence in 1968. After a year as a columnist, she gave up journalism and gravitated toward documentary film-making, making her debut with Marjoe, a feature documentary that won the Academy Award. She then switched gears again, recording two RCA albums as a singer-songwriter. In 1976, she published her first novel, Dry Hustle.
Kernochan caught the attention of theater producer Joseph Papp and wrote the musical Sleeparound Town, which was performed at New York's Public Theatre and later at Playwrights Horizons. Taking another break, she set off for Morocco where she spent a year writing her second novel, The Love Slave.
In the 1990s she returned to the film world as a screenwriter, commissioned by MGM to write The Psychic. This led to her co-writing Adrian Lyne's controversial 9 1/2 Weeks. Since then, Kernochan has written over fifteen screenplays including Impromptu, a spirited romp through the 19th century directed by her husband James Lapine and starring Judy Davis and Hugh Grant, Dancers for Herbert Ross and Sommersby (co-writing credit), a classic myth of mistaken identity set in the American Civil War starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.
Kernochan also wrote the words and music to four of the songs heard in All I Wanna Do.
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