Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Marjorie Rosen

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1982, 1984, 1987

Marjorie Rosen is the author of three non-fiction books – Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, & the American Dream; Boom Town: How Wal*Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community; and Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal (with Mia’s nanny, Kristi Groteké) – and co-author of the comic murder mystery What Nigel Knew under the pseudonym Evan Field.

As a journalist, Rosen has freelanced stories about entertainment and popular culture for publications like The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Daily News, Playboy, Ms., Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. She has worked as a senior writer at People and an editor both at The New York Times Magazine and at Who, People’s sister magazine in Australia. Currently she is a tenured Associate Professor of film and journalism at Lehman College—CUNY. Previously she was the Marsh Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan.

As a screenwriter, Rosen has authored six After-School and Schoolbreak Specials, most notably CBS’s The Alfred G. Graebner Handbook of Rules and Regulations, ABC’s First the Egg, and ABC’s Read Between the Lines: Starring the Harlem Globetrotters, which won a Best Actor Emmy for Philip Bosco.

A writer on the original People newsmagazine TV show, Rosen received a Writers Guild of America East Foundation Fellowship and the Guild’s first Paddy Chayefsky Memorial Fellowship for her screenplay, The Sorrow of Leo Frank. A former member of Lehman Engel’s BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, she earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan and an M.A. from New York University.



Marjorie Rosen worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

Learn more