The Author

Marie Brenner is an author and Writer at Large for Vanity Fair.

She has published five books, including Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women (Crown, 2000) and the bestselling House of Dreams, The Bingham Family of Louisville (Random House, 1989). She joined the staff of Vanity Fair in 1985; she has also been a contributing editor for New York magazine and The New Yorker, and has contributed articles to the New York Times Magazine and Vogue.

She is the winner of six Front Page awards for her journalism and the Frank Luther Mott Kappa Tau Alpha Award for research. Her 2003 investigation of the rise of anti-Semitism in France (“France’s Scarlet Letter”) made international news.

Her expose of the tobacco industry, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, was the basis for the 1999 movie “The Insider,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her article “Erotomania” became the Lifetime movie “Obsessed.” The director Alex Gibney is currently developing her article “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” for Tribeca Films.

She lives in New York City.