Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street, Rm 216
P.O. Box 208363
New Haven, Ct 06511
- Numerous teleplays for NBC's Emmy-winning LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER: SVU, Fox's NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (1996, 1997, 2000). Created actor Benjamin Bratt's LAW & ORDER character, Detective Rey Curtis.
- UNBORN IN THE USA: INSIDE THE WAR ON ABORTION (2007)
Distributed by First Run Features. 2007 Writers' Guild of America best feature length documentary candidate, national DVD release October, 2007, First Run Feature, NYC (see reviews online).
- Screenplay DUMBBELL for Warner Bros., 1991. Producers Wendy Finerman, Howard Rosenman and Warner Bros.
- Screenplay THE WORST PERSON IN NEW YORK, 1990. Producers Eastland Entertainment.
- Screenplay for LADY BODYGUARDS, 1984. Producer Ned Tannen for Universal Pictures.
- Screenplay for PRIVATE SCHOOL, Producers Barry & Enright. Distributed by Universal Pictures, 1983. Starring Matthew Modine, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Martin Mull, Betsy Russell, Jonathan Prince. Named in 2007 Entertainment Weekly's #1 of "5 Essential" coming-of-age features.
- Lifetime member of Writers Guild of America, East; elected to board of the Writers Guild of America, East
- Elected member of P.E.N., 2005
- Author, "Are You There Alone:?" The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates, an investigation of the social reaction to a mother's crime of drowning her five children in the bathtub of their Houston home in 2001. Response of mental health, medical, legal, criminal justice, religious, and family systems to mental health-related tragedy. The book's revelation of false expert testimony resulted in the guilty verdict in the death penalty case being overturned on appeal. Published by Simon & Schuster [February 2004], Pocketbooks [June 2005]. Foreign editions: Britain and Indonesia. Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee 2005.
- Reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Psychiatry and others. Sections written for The New York Times Magazine, Oprah Magazine and Salon.com.
- Lead, Follow or Move Our of the Way, Global Perspectives in Literature, Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2007
- The Science of Alcohol, X TIMES, Baylor College of Medicine Press, 2006
- Editor-at-Large, Inside.com (2000-2001).
- Contributing Editor to New York Magazine (1994-96). Wrote cover stories and major features on subjects including popular culture, personalities, crime, and trial law.
- Nominated for two National Magazine Awards: in 1997, for investigative reporting on legal trends in rape defenses; and in 1994, for investigative reporting on girl gang initiation rituals involving sex with HIV-positive partners.
- Feature articles on subjects from trends in popular and youth culture to legal, crime and trial reporting, as well as personality profiles, the arts, and reviews published in The New York Times Magazine, Salon.com, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Ms., Child, Redbook, People, Harper's Bazaar, Reader's Digest, Huffington Post.com and Texas Monthly. See also Suzanne O'Malley at Google.com.
- Senior editor, Esquire magazine (1974-1979)
- Bestselling humor book How to Avoid Love and Marriage, Freundlich Books/Scribner's (hardcover), Scribner's (trade paperback). Also published in France, Britain, Israel, Japan, Greece and elsewhere. Running Press (paperback and miniature hardcover) 1993. 27-city U.S promotional tour plus Britain.
- Wrote and performed in two-person theatrical adaptation of How to Avoid Love and Marriage. Produced at John Drew Theater Summer Festival (East Hampton, NY), 1992.
- Wrote book of musical HYDE. Broadway producers Don Kirshner and Lee Guber. Director Dennis Rosa. [Class A dramatic production]
- Member, Dramatist's Guild of America
Academic Appointments & Guest Lectures
- Lecturer, Yale University, "Television & Crime," current
- Lecturer, Yale College, Dramatic Writing, Film Studies, 2007
- Instructor, Yale Summer Sessions, "History of the Sitcom," 2007/current
- Guest Lecturer, Yale School of Drama, graduate study, Playwriting, 2007
- Yale Poynter Foundation Fellowship, Fall 2007
- Harvard Medical School, Program in Psychiatry and the Law think tank, current member
- Rice University, "Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion," lecturer, 2007
- University of Houston, "A Life in the Public Humanities," lecturer, American Cultures Program 2007
- Baylor College of Medicine, Concept Director and Senior Author X-Times, current
- Rice University, Writer-in-Residence, Department of English: Creative Writing, 2004-05
- Yale University, Calhoun College, Master's Tea, October, 2004
- Southern Methodist University, Women's Studies Program, Guest Lecturer, Feb., 2004
- DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, Carter Presidential Library, Guest Lecturer, June, 2004
- See also Google Scholar.com
Television & Movie Production
- Executive Producer & Co-producer UNBORN IN THE USA: Inside the War on Abortion (First Run Features distributor), current Co-producer and News Consultant, Dateline NBC
- Magazine articles transformed to news magazine format, including for DATELINE, DONAHUE, RIVERA LIVE (CNBC).
- Baylor College of Medicine, Concept Director and Senior Author, Bio-Ed Online, current
- Editor-at-Large/Consultant Inside.com, 2000-2001
- Consultant, Hearst Family site, 1997
Television & Radio
- The Today Show with Katie Couric, CBS Early Show with Hannah Storm, Dateline NBC, Deborah Norville Tonight, Diane Rehm National Public Radio (NPR), Fox News (various hosts), Court-TV with Catherine Crier, Paula Zahn Show, CNN, MSNBC, Alan Keyes MSNBC, MSNBC morning news, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Satellite Sisters, Mitch Albom Show, USA Network's Daybreak, regional television and radio in 27 U.S. cities and Great Britain.
- Photographed for covers of New York Magazine, Esquire, Family Weekly, and the L.A. Times "Calendar" magazines. Photo features in Mirabella (1990) and People (1992).
- Yale University, Poynter Foundation Fellowship speaker, "Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion." Also sponsored by The Women's Center, Yale Film Studies, Yale Women's Center, Choose Life at Yale, The Initiative for Religion and Politics at Yale and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. October, 2007.
- Rice University, "Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion." Sponsored by the Rice Department of Visual and Performing Arts, October, 2007.
- University of Houston, "The American Cultures Program" keynote speaker on culture and the media, October 2007.
- Austin Film Festival, Writing for the Screen, October 2004
- The CARTER CENTER Presidential Library and DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, 2004
- 2004 Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. [IRE] National Conference Showcase panelist "Meeting the Challenges of Investigating Mental Health and Trauma Issues."
- Keynote: Association of Women Journalists Annual Awards, April 2004
- Keynote: Southwest College Book Store Association, October 2004
- Keynote: Alabama Mental Health Association, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May, 2004
- Edgar Mystery Writers Seminar panelist, April 2004
- Keynote: Phi Beta Kappa academic society of Houston, November, 2003
- Founding chairperson of The Creative Coalition, Environment Committee (1991)
- Raised funds for Academy-Award nominated environmental documentary "The Last Rivermen" on the Hudson River fishing industry, featuring and the Hudson Riverkeeper John Cronin and counsel Robert Kennedy, Jr.
- The St. Bernard's School Speaker's Committee Chairperson (1993-1999); Parent's Association Representative (1997-1999).
Unions, Affiliations, Honors
- Elected to the board of the Writers' Guild of America, East (2004-2007)
- Texas Executive Women honoree, 2005
- Dramatists' Guild
- Screen Actors' Guild
- Listed in Who's Who in Entertainment
- Listed in Contemporary Authors
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Acting: Warren Robertson Studio, NYC; Michael Howard Studio, NYC
- Ballet: Igor Youskevitch, University of Texas School of Drama; Finis Jung Studio, New York
- The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas: Phi Beta Kappa; B.A. magna cum laude, 1974
- The Bishop Lynch High School, Dallas, Texas: diploma (salutatorian)
- Raised in Dallas
- Resides in New York and Dallas