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. Prior to that, she transformed the manuscript for William ‘Bill’ Walton: A Charmed Life, about a Kennedy confidante who changed the face of Washington, published in 2013.
She recently finished Oasis II, as well as a biography featuring the covert pre-satellite surveillance of the Societs out of Midway Island; and edited Fr. George Rutler's book, "A Crisis in Culture," published in October 2020.
She is currently working on a book about Hemingway's faith journey and presented a paper on this topic at the XVIII Biennial International Hemingway Conference in Paris in July 2018. She also has various film & TV projects in development, including an interview show about Hollywood legends featuring never-before-told stories.
Mary Claire has done numerous TV, radio, and other public appearances, and is a published author many times over in Forbes, Breitbart, and Foxnews Opinion where she was a Hollywood columnist in 2012-1013, 2014, and 2015-2017, respectively. She has also been published in The Daily Caller, Townhall, 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), Our Sunday Visitor and St. Austin Review 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).
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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