American screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on director Bob Rafelson's classic 1970 counterculture film, Five Easy Pieces.
She was a ballet dancer and model before she started screenwriting.
She has written under various pseudonyms, including Adrien Joyce and A.L. Appling.
She is the sister of Charles Eastman, who is not to be confused with the Native American physician with the same name.
She was a screenwriter for director Mike Nichols' 1975 film, The Fortune.