Ted Tally is an American playwright and screenwriter. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His most notable credit is the screenplay for The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Other scripts include White Palace, Before and After, The Juror and All the Pretty Horses. Terra Nova was given a staged reading at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1977 and went on to win an Obie Award. Coming Attractions won the Outer Critics Circle Award. Tally's plays include Hooters, Little Footsteps, and Silver Linings.