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About the Author


Mary Claire Kendall is a Washington-based writer and producer. A new and improved edition of her book, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends, (2015) was published on February 24, 2024. Oasis II featuring, six more legends of Hollywood, will be published in the summer of 2024.

Her book about Earnest Hemingway, viewed throough the prism of faith, will be published Christmas 2024.

She has written the never-before-told story of Betty Hutton's life and has various film & TV projects in development.

In between her own literary works, she edited "A Holy with Mother Angelica" (2021), “A Crisis in Culture” by Fr. George W. Rutler (2020), and transformed "William ‘Bill’ Walton: A Charmed Life" (2013) about a Kennedy confidante who changed the face of Washington.

Mary Claire is a seasoned commentary and feature writer, television and radio personality and public speaker.

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).

From November 2012 to May 2013, Mary Claire took time away from her writing to spearhead the "Friends of President Reagan's Chicago Home," a cause she wrote about in many national publications.


Mary Claire Kendall on the Oscars Red Carpet, March 2, 2014

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