Mary Higgins Clark

Revered as the "Queen of Suspense" by her legions of fans, prolific novelist Mary Higgins Clark sold well over 80 million books, with dozens of her bestsellers adapted for film and television. While raising five ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1927 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (24)

My Gal Sunday 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Deck the Halls 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Source Material

Mary Higgins Clark's I'll Be Seeing You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's All Around the Town 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's We'll Meet Again 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Haven't We Met Before 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Pretend You Don't See Her 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Let Me Call You Sweetheart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Moonlight Becomes You 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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A Cry in the Night 1992 (Movie)

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Double Vision 1991 (Movie)

from short story (From Story)

Where Are the Children? 1986 (Movie)

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A Stranger Is Watching 1980 (Movie)

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Mary Higgins Clark's A Crime of Passion (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Loves Music, Loves to Dance (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Lucky Day (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's The Cradle Will Fall (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's Try to Remember (TV Show)

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Mary Higgins Clark's You Belong to Me (TV Show)

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Stillwatch (TV Show)

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Terror Stalks the Class Reunion (TV Show)

From Story

The Cradle Will Fall (TV Show)

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Weep No More My Lady (TV Show)

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Actor (5)

The Mystery Cruise 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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The Quill Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Open Book 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Biography

Revered as the "Queen of Suspense" by her legions of fans, prolific novelist Mary Higgins Clark sold well over 80 million books, with dozens of her bestsellers adapted for film and television. While raising five children alone after the death of her husband, the aspiring novelist wrote her first book at the kitchen table in the mornings before starting her busy days as a mother and radio script writer. Although her first effort, a historical romance, sold poorly, for her second attempt, Higgins Clark committed to writing the kind of page-turner she herself enjoyed reading. The result was the 1975 bestseller <i>Where are the Children? </i>, which was quickly followed by the equally popular <i>A Stranger is Watching</i> in 1977. As more titles landed on the bestseller list, "A Stranger is Watching" (1982) and "Where Are the Children?" (1986) were adapted into major motion pictures. Soon, scores of made-for-TV movies like "While My Pretty One Sleeps" (Family Channel, 1997) were based upon her novels. Later endeavors included 2000's <i>Deck the Halls</i>, the first in an ongoing series of holiday-themed thrillers co-authored with her daughter Carol, and <i>Ghost Ship</i> in 2002, the writer's first children's book, illustrated by Wendell Minor. The octogenarian author later entered Dan Brown territory with the biblical conspiracy thriller <i>The Lost Years</i> in 2012. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, it was clear Higgins Clark enjoyed crafting her tales of suspense just as much as her devoted fans enjoyed reading them.

EDUCATION

Fordham University

New York, New York 1971 - 1979
Graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2011

TNT aired TV movie adaptation "Deck the Halls," based on 2000 novel co-written with daughter Carol Higgins Clark

2006

Wrote first children's book <i>Ghost Ship</i>

2002

Debut novel <i>Aspire to the Heavens</i> re-released as <i>Mount Vernon Love Story</i>

2001

Published <i>Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir</i>

1995

Made acting debut in CBS movie "Remember Me"

1993

With Amy Tan and Maya Angelou, co-wrote non-fiction book <i>Mother</i>

1987

Named president of the Mystery Writers of America

1986

Feature adaptation "Where Are the Children?" starred Jill Clayburgh and Max Gail

1983

TV movie adaptation "The Cradle Will Fall" (based on 1980 novel) aired on CBS

1982

First feature adaptation of her work "A Stranger Is Watching" (based on 1977 novel) released, starring Kate Mulgrew and Rip Torn

1980

Awarded Grand Prix de literature of France

1975

Wrote bestseller <i>Where Are the Children?</i>

1968

Published debut novel <i>Aspire To The Heavens</i>, a fictionalized account of relationship between George and Martha Washington

1956

Short story "Stowaway" bought by <i>Extension Magazine</i> for $100

1949

Worked as flight attendant for Pan American Airlines

Worked as switchboard operator at the Shelton Hotel

Sent writing entry to <i>True Confessions</i> magazine at 16

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