Marie Brenner

  • Bestselling Author
  • Writer-at-Large, Vanity Fair

The winner of six Front Page awards for her journalism, Ms. Brenner’s investigation into the Enron scandals made national news when Senator Peter Fitzgerald used it to question witnesses testifying before a senate committee. The 1999 Michael Mann film The Insider, starring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe was based on her work. The movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Ms. Brenner was one of the first writers to report on the phenomenon of stalking and her story "Erotomania" was the basis of the Lifetime movie Obsessed. The director Alex Gibney is currently developing her article “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” for Tribeca Films.

 
  

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Apples & Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found

How can two people share the same parents and turn out to be entirely different? Based on her vibrant memoir about a grown brother and sister who could not be more different coming together in the face of all that conspires to keep them apart, Ms. Brenner draws on personal experiences to explore the ...

How can two people share the same parents and turn out to be entirely different? Based on her vibrant memoir about a grown brother and sister who could not be more different coming together in the face of all that conspires to keep them apart, Ms. Brenner draws on personal experiences to explore the largely untapped subject of sibling relations.

Going Hollywood: An Insider's Look at Power and Pretense in the Movie Business

Though the benefits of luxuriating in Hollywood’s waters continue to lure journalists and media organizations alike, there are some dangerous currents. Scripts that come out of good magazine articles can mean better movies, but how will the allure of Hollywood affect the future of journalistic ...

Though the benefits of luxuriating in Hollywood’s waters continue to lure journalists and media organizations alike, there are some dangerous currents. Scripts that come out of good magazine articles can mean better movies, but how will the allure of Hollywood affect the future of journalistic content?

Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women

Ten outstanding women of the century, including Thelma Brenner, the first great dame her daughter ever knew. Their lives were both gloriously individual and yet somehow universal. They were mighty warriors and social leaders, women of aspiration who persevered. They lived through the Great Depressio ...

Ten outstanding women of the century, including Thelma Brenner, the first great dame her daughter ever knew. Their lives were both gloriously individual and yet somehow universal. They were mighty warriors and social leaders, women of aspiration who persevered. They lived through the Great Depression and a world war. Circumstances did not defeat them. They played on Broadway and in Washington. They had glamour, style, and intelligence. They dressed up the world.

Global Anti-Semitism

Widely credited for bringing to international attention the attacks against the Jews of France, Marie Brenner has been a witness to the rise of anti Semitism in the world and inspires with her stories of those who are trying to call attention to it. ...

Widely credited for bringing to international attention the attacks against the Jews of France, Marie Brenner has been a witness to the rise of anti Semitism in the world and inspires with her stories of those who are trying to call attention to it.

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Biography

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

Her newest book, Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found, is an extraordinary memoir—one that is heartbreakingly honest, funny and true. Drawing on personal experiences to explore the largely untapped subject of sibling relations, Apples and Oranges is about a grown brother and sister who could not be more different coming together in the face of all that conspires to keep them apart.

She has also published Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women (Crown, 2000) and the bestselling House of Dreams, The Bingham Family of Louisville (Random House, 1989).

Ms. Brenner 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.

The winner of six Front Page awards for her journalism and the Frank Luther Mott Kappa Tau Alpha Award for research, Ms. Brenner’s 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.

Ms. Brenner lives in New York City.