Alice Arlen made her screenwriting debut with the 1983 film Silkwood, which she cowrote with Nora Ephron. The film, which received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, starred Meryl Streep in the real-life story of a worker at a plutonium plant who is killed in a suspicious car accident when she takes too close a look into murky dealings at her job site. She also teamed up with Ephron to write the 1989 gangster comedy Cookie, which she also executive produced. Arlen adapted the script for The Weight of Water from Anita Shreve’s novel for director Katherine Bigelow. She cowrote her most recent script, Then She Found Me, with Helen Hunt and Victor Levin. The film, which marked Hunt’s directing debut, premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and showed at numerous other festivals. Her writing credits also include the 1985 Alamo Bay and the PBS mystery special A Thief of Time, based on the novel by Tony Hillerman. She served as an associate producer on the black comedy A Shock to the System, starring Michael Caine.