Gail Sheehy

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Date of Birth November 27, 1937
Place of Birth New York
Age 83 years old
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Gail Sheehy is an American author, journalist, and lecturer. She is the author of seventeen books and numerous high-profile articles for magazines such as New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. Sheehy played a part in the movement Tom Wolfe called the New Journalism, sometimes known as creative nonfiction, in which journalists and essayists experimented with adopting a variety of literary techniques such as scene setting, dialogue, status details to denote social class, and getting inside the story and sometimes reporting the thoughts of a central character.

Born: Gail Henion, Nov 27, 1937, Mamaroneck, New York, United States
Occupation: Journalist, author
Language: English
Nationality: American
Alma mater: University of Vermont, Columbia University
Literary movement: New Journalism
Notable works: Passages, The Silent Passage, Understanding Men's Passages, Hillary's Choice, New Passages, Passages in Caregiving
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About Gail Sheehy

Popular American author and journalist whose most notable works include biographies of Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, and Mikhail Gorbachev. She is also known for her bestselling work, Passages.

Before Fame

She attended the University of Vermont in the 1950s and went on to receive a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Early in her career, she published "The Secret of Grey Gardens," a journalistic expose of the lives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's family members.


Her bestseller, Passages, deals with the internal and external journeys and losses of adulthood.

Family Life

She grew up in Mamaroneck, New York as the daughter of Lillian and Harold Henion. She married famous editor, Clay Felker, in 1984; together, the couple adopted a Cambodian child.


She published a controversial article in Vanity Fair that was based on an interview in which Hillary Rodham Clinton mentioned an alleged affair between President George H.W. Bush and another woman.

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