Sally Bedell Smith

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Sally Bedell Smith
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Born
Sarah Rowbotham

(1948-05-27) May 27, 1948 (age 74)
Other namesSally Bedell, Sally Smith
EducationB.A. Wheaton College
M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
OccupationBiographer
EmployerVanity Fair (contributing editor)
AgentAmanda Urban
Notable workElizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (January 2012)
Board member ofDeerfield Academy
The Buckley School
826DC
Columbia Journalism Review
SpouseStephen G. Smith
Children3
Awards1982 Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine reporting
Websitewww.sallybedellsmith.com
Notes

Sarah Bedell Smith (born May 27, 1948) is an American journalist and biographer. She has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair since 1996. Previously, she was a cultural news reporter for both New York Times and Time. She has written biographies of political, cultural, and business figures in the United States, and members of the British royal family.[4]

Early life and education

Sarah Rowbotham was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Ruth (Kirk) and James Howard Rowbotham, a brigadier general and businessman.[5][6][7] She grew up in the nearby town of St. Davids. She graduated from Radnor High School in 1966, and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in November 2008.[8] She earned her BA from Wheaton College and her MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was the winner of the Robert Sherwood Memorial Travel-Study Scholarship and the Women's Press Club of New York Award.

Career

Smith spent her early career working as a reporter for Time, TV Guide, and The New York Times, where she was a lead cultural news reporter, specializing in television. In 1996, she joined Vanity Fair as contributing editor. Smith's first book, Up The Tube: Prime-time TV and the Silverman Years (1981) focused on Fred Silverman, who famously worked as an executive at all of the Big Three TV networks. Her book, Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (2012) won the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, and the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for best book in history and biography.[5] She was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award in 1982, and became a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in 1986.

Biographies

Throughout her career, Smith has published multiple biographies, three of which focus on members of the British royal family.

Smith's first official biography, In All His Glory, was published in 1990, chronicling the life of William S. Paley, former chairman of CBS.

In 1996, Smith published Reflected Glory: The Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman about Pamela Harriman, an American diplomat and socialite.

Her 1999 biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, Diana in Search of Herself was included on multiple bestsellers lists, including The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

2004 saw the publication of Smith's fourth biography about John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House. In 2007, Smith released For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House about the relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Her 2012 biography of Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, also a New York Times bestseller. Smith served as playwright Peter Morgan's consultant on the London and New York productions of The Audience, his award-winning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers, starring Helen Mirren.[9]

Smith's biography of Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, was published by Random House on April 4, 2017.[10]

Bibliography

  • Up the Tube: Prime-Time TV and the Silverman Years (Viking, 1981) ISBN 9780812930306
  • William S. Paley: In All His Glory: The Life of William S. Paley: The Legendary Tycoon and His Brilliant Circle (Simon & Schuster, 1990) ISBN 9780671617356)
  • Pamela Churchill Harriman: Reflected Glory: The Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman (Simon & Schuster, 1996) ISBN 9780684809502
  • Diana, Princess of Wales: Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess (Times Books, 1999) ISBN 9780812930306
  • The Kennedys: Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House (Random House, 2004) ISBN 9780375504495
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House (Random House, 2007) ISBN 9781400063246
  • Elizabeth II: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch (Random House, 2012) ISBN 9780718158651
  • Charles, Prince of Wales: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (Random House, 2017)

References

  1. ^ "Sally Bedell Smith". Contemporary Authors Online (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Detroit: Gale. 2007. GALE|H1000113089. Retrieved 2012-01-17. {{cite book}}: |format= requires |url= (help) Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Smith, Sally Bedell (December 9, 1990). "In All His Glory: The Life of William Paley". Booknotes (Interview). Interviewed by Brian Lamb. C-SPAN. Retrieved 2012-01-17. I went to Wheaton College in Massachusetts and then got my masters at Columbia Journalism School.
  3. ^ "Society of the Four Arts". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  4. ^ "Sally Bedell Smith". Sally Bedell Smith. Retrieved 2022-07-25.
  5. ^ a b "Sarah Bedell Wed To Stephen Smith". The New York Times. May 23, 1982.
  6. ^ "Memorial: James H. Rowbotham '32". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2016-01-21.
  7. ^ "Weddings: Cynthia Drayton, James Rowbotham". The New York Times. December 8, 1996.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame / 2008 Hall of Fame Inductions". Wayne, PA: Radnor Township School District. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  9. ^ "Helen Mirren, the Queen & The Audience | Royal Oak Foundation". 2015-05-11. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  10. ^ Smith, Sally Bedell (2017-04-04). Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life. NEW YORK: Random House. ISBN 9781400067909.

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