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AMPAS Elects Screenwriter Robin Swicord to Board of Governors

"Memoirs of a Geisha" screenwriter Robin Swicord will replace deceased governor Frank Pierson

Robin Swicord, screenwriter of "Little Women" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," has been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Board of Governors, the Academy said Wednesday.

Getty ImagesSwicord's election to the board brings the female board-member count up to nine, a high number compared to the board's historical record.

Swicord, whose other screenwriting credits include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (which she wrote with Eric Roth, and for which she and Roth were nominated for an Oscar), "Matilda" and "The Jane Austen Book Club," will take the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Pierson, who died in July.

Also read: Frank Pierson, Director/Writer/Producer and AMPAS President, Dies at 87

She joins governors Bill Condon and Phil Robinson on the Writers Branch, and will remain on the Board until the next scheduled board election, which occurs in June 2013.