Books by Barbara Leaming

Barbara Leaming is the author of the New York Times best-seller Katharine Hepburn, as well as the much-acclaimed Orson Welles. She was for many years professor of theater and film at Hunter College. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New Yo

KICK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
Released: April 1, 2016

"Leaming doesn't present much new for Kennedy buffs, but the age of Downton Abbey offers fresh context for this story of American royalty and its more tradition-minded British counterpart."
A biography of the comparatively unheralded sister closest in age to John F. Kennedy strains to find something new to say about the Kennedy clan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable—and misunderstood—women."
A best-selling biographer chronicles the fabled life of Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994) and advances the claim that the former first lady spent the bulk of her post-Camelot life battling PTSD. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL DEFIANT by Barbara Leaming
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Tight, polished and effectively focused on the lesser-known end of Churchill's career."
Accomplished biographer Leaming (Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, 2006, etc.) tracks Winston Churchill's masterful postwar comeback. Read full book review >
JACK KENNEDY by Barbara Leaming
Released: May 22, 2006

"Thoroughly well written and constructed, with fresh views on the Kennedy presidency and the difficult path that led to Camelot."
In which JFK, proud son of Ireland, turns out to be a complete Anglophile. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"Admirably detailed, stunningly successful, and likely to become the definitive biography of the Kennedy marriage, with all the intimacy and international scope implied."
The famously private Mrs. Kennedy has met her match and is herein revealed—along with her husband and his administration—respectfully but thoroughly, by an author possessed. Read full book review >
MARILYN MONROE by Barbara Leaming
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Odd, but with a touch of genius. (32 paghes b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A dramatic, psychologically astute biography of the troubled sex symbol and star of such classics as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch. Read full book review >
KATHARINE HEPBURN by Barbara Leaming
Released: May 1, 1995

"The Ford gossip is news, but better than the psychobabble about Kate is the inspiring story of her mother, a strong, complex heroine if ever there was one. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A psycho-bio of the actress and her mother that begins as riveting melodrama and turns into talk-show buffalo chips. Read full book review >
BETTE DAVIS by Barbara Leaming
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent especially on Davis's tics and mannerisms and how they undermined her ferocious energy and greater possibilities. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Strong, honest, vivid biography of a colossal egoist, by the author of distinguished lives of Rita Hayworth (If This Was Happiness, 1989), Orson Welles, and Roman Polanski. Read full book review >