Mary Claire Kendall is a Washington-based writer and producer with a special focus on Hollywood. Her book, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends, was published in 2015 and, in 2016, in Spain, under the title También Dios pasa por Hollywood. In 2012-2013, she transformed the manuscript for William ‘Bill’ Walton: A Charmed Life, about a Kennedy confidante who changed the face of Washington. Currently, she is working on Oasis II, a work of historical fiction about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and a book about Hemingway, among other literary projects. She is also producing and hosting an interview show about Hollywood legends featuring never-before-told stories, the pilot for which has been filmed. And, she has other film and TV projects in development.
Mary Claire has done numerous TV, radio, and other public appearances, and has been published in various venues including Forbes and Breitbart, where she was a regular Hollywood columnist in 2012-2013 and 2014, respectively. She has also been published in Foxnews.com, The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, The American Spectator, The Federalist, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Examiner, The Weekly Standard, Washington Times, San Francisco Examiner, Daily News, New York Post, Newport Life Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic New World (now Chicago Catholic), and Our Sunday Visitor, among other venues.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Mary Claire served as a political appointee in the Administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, at the Departments of Education (1987-’88) and Health and Human Services (1989-’93) respectively, as a speechwriter, policy analyst, and representative spearheading various initiatives.
In 1993, as she worked to establish herself as an author, she began seeking more creative avenues. In 1995, when she was working on placing her first article post-Wellesley, a media pro who was transitioning into film asked her out of the blue, “Have you ever considered writing fiction?” Two years later, she was asked to collaborate on a script. And, a few months later, in the fall of 1997, she wrote a spec script for an ABC TV show, and was asked to sign a release. After the show was cancelled, turning lemons into lemonade, she used the script as the basis for her first screenplay, The Rose and the Thorns, which she began writing on weekends at the desk of her then boss, Paul Lee who had recently arrived in the states to helm BBC America and went on to helm ABC Entertainment (2010-2016).
Mary Claire Kendall on the Oscars Red Carpet,
March 2, 2014
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