A leading authority on women’s issues, VANITY FAIR writer and former NEW YORK TIMES reporter Leslie Bennetts – author of the new Joan Rivers biography – will share an intimate portrait of a life that is sure to entertain and inspire.
In today's fast-paced world, many women have to reinvent their lives and careers, and no one ever did it better than Joan Rivers. A fearless pioneer who overcame personal and professional ruin in midlife, Rivers made all her dreams come true in the second half of a dazzling career, when the wife who never read a contract transformed herself into the CEO of a billion-dollar company. How did she succeed where so many others fail? Leslie Bennetts will share the secrets of Rivers' success as she took charge of her own destiny and racked up late-life achievements that turned her triumph into one for the record books. As entertaining as it is illuminating, Rivers' remarkable story makes her an inspiring role model - and the ultimate poster girl for financial independence and women's empowerment.
Leslie Bennetts is an award-winning journalist who began her career as a newspaper reporter, spent many years as a magazine writer and then became a best-selling author. After working for The Philadelphia Bulletin and The Washington Star, she spent ten years at The New York Times, where she became a national political reporter and the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign. At The Times, she also covered metropolitan news, City Hall, Style and cultural news before leaving the paper to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. During her 24 years at the magazine, she wrote many of its best-known movie star cover stories as well as investigative articles on subjects ranging from priest pedophilia to the nation’s war against drugs.
Bennetts, who has written for dozens of other national magazines, is also the author of The Feminine Mistake, a ground-breaking best-seller that documented the risks of financial dependency and the benefits of work for women. Her latest book is the biography Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers. Throughout her career, Bennetts has consistently focused on the social, economic, legal and political issues that affect women’s lives, marriages and families.
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