Cari Beauchamp is an award-winning writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood; Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years; and four other books on film history. Her most recent book, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers, and Misfits Who Made the Movies, is an anthology of first-person accounts by over 40 legends of the film business about their arrival in Los Angeles. Without Lying Down was awarded Book of the Year by the National Theater Arts Association and several of her books have been selected for “Best of the Year” lists by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Booklist and Amazon.
She wrote and co-produced the documentary film Without Lying Down (2000) about the women of early Hollywood which played on Turner Classic Movies and for which she was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award. She also wrote the documentary film The Day My God Died (2003) about young girls of Nepal sold into sexual slavery, which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy.
A Vanity Fair contributor, Cari is the only person ever to be twice named an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Film Scholar and currently serves as the resident historian of the Mary Pickford Foundation. She has appeared in multiple documentaries on film history including The Story of Film: An Odyssey as well as being a featured speaker at film festivals and venues throughout the United States and Europe, including The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art. She has served as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards and on the Board of Directors of PEN USA.
Before turning to writing full time and raising her sons, Cari was a private investigator, served as Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown and as the first state chair of National Women’s Political Caucus of California.