The Info List - Susan Braudy

Susan Braudy (born Susan Orr (Orlowsky) July 8, 1941) is an American author, journalist, and former Vice President of East Coast Production at Warner Brothers. She is best known as the author of two non-fiction books, Between Marriage and Divorce: A Woman's Diary (1975) and Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left (2003).


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Accusations against Michael Douglas 4 In Popular Culture 5 Books

5.1 Book List

5.1.1 Books with Prefaces by Susan Braudy

6 Articles and interviews 7 References 8 External links

Early life and education[edit] Susan Braudy was born in 1941 in Philadelphia and now lives in Manhattan, New York.[1][2] She received a Cum Laude degree from Bryn Mawr College in the early 1960s,[3] married Leo Braudy, divorced in 1973, then attended University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.[4] Braudy's father worked for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and actively supported local artists. He was Vice President of the American Jewish Committee. His Master's thesis at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania became the book Technological Unemployment, an early look at how advances in technology were replacing human labor. He also wanted to be a writer and Braudy believes this may be the reason she became a writer. Braudy's mother taught history at Germantown High School and became a reading supervisor. Braudy now lives with Joe Weintraub.[5] Career[edit] Braudy has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Ms., New York Magazine, The New Journal, Jezebel and The Week.[4] She was the second woman writer hired by Newsweek.[6][7] She was one of the first editors of the student/faculty magazine The New Journal at Yale and is currently a member of the magazine's advisory board. She was a judge for the 2006 Lukas Prize, an award from the Columbia University Journalism School given annually to recognize excellence in book-length investigative journalism.[8] She has also taught writing at Brooklyn College. In 1977, Braudy became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP).[9] WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization. The organization works to increase communication between women and connect the public with forms of women-based media. In 1981, Braudy was appointed as the Vice President of East Coast Production at Warner Brothers.[10][11] She also worked as Vice President of Michael Douglas's Stonebridge Production Company for three years from 1986-1989.[12] She was hired by Francis Ford Coppola, Jerry Bruckheimer, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone to write screenplays.[13] Her research for a piece on paperback auctions, published in The New York Times,[14] was used by the Federal Trade Commission to institute and win an anti-trust suit against the high-bidder in a multimillion-dollar paperback rights auction.[15] Her two blogs are Manhattan Voyeur[2] and Writers Celebrate Writing[16] Braudy's prefaces to three books published by the Philosophical Library include Essays in Aesthetics by Jean Paul Sartre, The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran, and Tears and Laughter by Kahlil Gibran. She counts as her mentors Margaret Mead, whose class she audited at Columbia and who demonstrated what a smart woman on her own could be; Gloria Steinem, who encouraged her to express her female voice; Daniel Yergin, who taught her the value of infinite research; Michael Douglas, who taught her that glamour isn't glamorous; Michael Wolff, who taught her the music of the New York hustle; Marshall Brickman, who taught her about heartbreak on the fast track; Woody Allen, who taught her his artistic credo, "Turn pain into cash"; and Leo Braudy, who gave her Joan Didion's personal essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem Braudy's most recently published works include two articles for Jezebel, "Up Against the Centerfold"[6] and "Sisters in Misery"[17] and one article for The Week, "A Feminist Among the Centerfolds".[18] Accusations against Michael Douglas[edit] On January 18, 2018 Brady accused former colleague Michael Douglas of sexual harassment in an article for The Hollywood Reporter. She contened that during her time at Stonebridge Productions, she was "subjected to sexual harassment by Douglas that included near-constant profane and sexually charged dialogue, demeaning comments about her appearance, graphic discussions regarding his mistresses and more."[19] Douglas had published a preemptive denial of the claims in The Hollywood Star ten days earlier, saying he "felt the need to get ahead" and explain his concerns about the validity of the story. He stated: "I pride myself on my reputation in this business, not to mention the long history of my father and everything else. I don't have skeletons in my closet, or anyone else who's coming out or saying this. I'm bewildered why, after 32 years, this is coming out, now." [20] In Popular Culture[edit] Braudy had been commissioned by Playboy magazine to write a piece on the feminism movement. Her final article was viewed as controversial by male Playboy editors. The debate continued up to Hugh Hefner; who wrote in a memo (secretly distributed by female Playboy employees) that he felt the article needed to focus more on the "highly irrational, emotional, kookie trend" of feminism due to "these chicks [being] the natural enemy of Playboy." He argued that radical feminists were rejecting the Playboy way of life.[21] Braudy was reportedly brought to tears by the negative reaction, from the team, to her piece and eventually refused to sell her work to Playboy for publication. She later wrote an article for Glamour magazine in which she disclosed the contents of Hefner's memo and criticized his approach to women.[22] Braudy's later reflection on the Playboy incident for Jezebel, "Up Against the Centerfold: What It Was Like to Report on Feminism for Playboy in 1969," was referenced by Pulitzer Prize-winning The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum on her Twitter as an "amaaaaaazing," "must-read" piece.[23] After writing an article for The New York Times[24] about Woody Allen and his writing partner Marshall Brickman she was used as the muse for Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep's characters in Manhattan.[25] Her jokes about the surreal twist were quoted on the New York Post gossip column "Page Six," as well as in People Magazine. After she wrote two articles on Seinfeld for The New York Times,[26] Seinfeld writer Larry David named a screaming woman character "Susan Braudy" on his hit HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm.[27] Books[edit] Braudy wrote Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left based on the story of Kathy Boudin, who was convicted for her part in the Brink's robbery (1981). Braudy was inspired to write the book because Kathy Boudin had been a classmate at Bryn Mawr.[28] Family Circle got a "largely positive reception" despite being criticized by friends of Kathy Boudin.[3] It was later the subject of a 2014 Guardian article by journalist Michael Wolff criticizing The New York Times and others for republishing findings on the break-in of FBI headquarters in Media, Pennsylvania that damaged J. Edgar Hoover's reputation beyond repair. The break-in's perpetrators had been revealed 11 years prior by Braudy in her nonfiction book.[29] This Crazy Thing Called Love was the basis for two television episodes on "A Crime To Remember" and "Power, Privilege & Justice."[30] Book List[edit]

Between Marriage and Divorce: A Woman's Diary. New York: William Morrow, 1975. ISBN 978-0688029609. Who Killed Sal Mineo?. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. ISBN 978-0671610098. What the Movies Made Me Do: A Novel. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985. ISBN 978-0394532462. This Crazy Thing Called Love: The Golden World and Fatal Marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1992. ISBN 978-0394532479. Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left. New York: Alfred Knopf, 2003. ISBN 978-0679432944.

Books with Prefaces by Susan Braudy[edit]

Sartre, Jean-Paul Essays in Aesthetics. Transl. Wade Baskin. Pref. Susan Braudy. Open Road Media, 2012. ISBN 9781453228562. Gibran, Kahlil. The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran. Pref. Susan Braudy. Open Road Media, 2011. ISBN 9781453235539. Gibran, Kahlil. Tears and Laughter. Ed. Martin Wolf. Pref. Susan Braudy. Open Road Media, 2011. ISBN 9781453228531.

Articles and interviews[edit]

"He's Woody Allen's Not-So-Silent Partner" "James Taylor, a New Troubadour; A new troubadour" The Leonard Lopate Show


^ "Susan Braudy". Knopf Double Day Publishing Group. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ a b Braudy, Susan. "About the Voyeur: Who is Susan Braudy?". Susan Braudy: Manhattan Voyeur. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ a b O'Rourke, William (July–August 2004). "Review of Susan Braudy, Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left". American Book Review. 25 (5).  ^ a b Jean-Paul Sartre Essays in Aesthetics Open Road Media, January 12, 2012 ^ Wadler, Joyce (26 June 2008). "The Tyranny of the Heirloom". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ a b Braudy, Susan. "Up Against the Centerfold: What It Was Like to Report on Feminism for Playboy in 1969". Jezebel. Retrieved 28 September 2017.  ^ Braudy, Susan. This Crazy Thing Called Love: The Golden World and Fatal Marriage of Ann and Billy Woodward. Alfred Knopf. p. Author flap.  ^ "Lukas Prizes: Past Winners and Jurors". Columbia Journalism School. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ "Associates The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press". www.wifp.org. Retrieved 2017-06-21.  ^ Klemesrud, Judy (8 January 1982). "The evening hours". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ "Lady in Charge". The Southeast Missourian. 26 January 1981. p. 5. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ TCM Archive Materials, "Susan Braudy", No date, Accessed 10 March 2015 ^ "Susan Braudy" "Who's Who In America", No date, Accessed 10 March 2015 ^ Susan Braudy, "Paperback Auction: What Price a 'Hot' Book?; Star Properties" The New York Times, 21 May 1978 ^ Robert J. Cole, "U.S. Sues CBS to Undo Purchase of Fawcett Publications" The New York Times, 02 June 1978 ^ Braudy, Susan. "A welcome message". Writers Celebrate Writers. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ Braudy, Susan. "'Sisters in Misery': What It Was Like to Interview Joan Didion at Home in 1977".  ^ "A feminist among the centerfolds". 17 April 2016.  ^ "Michael Douglas, Alleged Harassment, Media and the #MeToo Moment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-18.  ^ "Michael Douglas issues pre-emptive denial over 'sex claim'". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-08.  ^ Watts ^ Pitzulo, Carrie (May 2008). "Battle in Every Man's Bed: Playboy and the Fiery Feminists". Journal of the History of Sexuality. 17 (2): 272–275. doi:10.1353/sex.0.0004. Retrieved 4 March 2015.  ^ "The true must-read about Hef is this amaaaaaazing piece by @SbraudyOrr...", Twitter.com, September 28th, 2017 ^ Susan Braudy, "He's Woody Allen's Not-So-Silent Partner", The New York Times, August 21st, 1977 ^ Sheila Weller, Girls Like Us, April 8th 2008 ^ Susan Braudy, "Where Have You Gone, Jerry, When We Need You?" The New York Times, February 17th 2002 ^ "Episode Summary - The Corpse Sniffing Dog", TV.com ^ Braudy, Susan (29 October 2014). "Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left". Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group – via Google Books.  ^ Michael Wolff, "How an old story was reborn in the Edward Snowden era" The Guardian January 21st 2014 ^ "Susan Braudy" IMDB, Accessed 10 March 2015

External links[edit]

Manhattan Voyeur Writers Celebrate Writers Huffington Post author page Susan Braudy IMDB Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left Review in The New York Times Author page on Amazon.com Susan Braudy's review in Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Bittersweet Story Of 1970 GQ "Hell's Kitchen," M