BEVERLY GRAY is the author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the iconic film. Her first book, Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking, debuted in the #4 spot on the Los Angeles Times hardcover non-fiction bestseller list. She next published Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon . . . and Beyond, then followed up with an expanded paperback edition of the Corman bio, released under the new, improved title Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers.
As she was completing her doctorate in Contemporary American Fiction at UCLA, Gray surprised everyone (including herself) by taking a job with B-movie maven Roger Corman. She edited scripts, wrote publicity material, cast voice actors, supervised a looping session, and tried her hand at production. She collaborated with such rising directors as Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, and Paul Bartel, and thought up the twist ending to a cult classic, Death Race 2000.
Leaving New World for academia, Beverly also found time to write about theatre and film for Performing Arts magazine, Theatre Crafts, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. Then Roger Corman beckoned once again. Beverly went on to spend eight years at Concorde-New Horizons Pictures as Corman's story editor and development expert, overseeing the making of 170 low-budget features. Along the way she earned six screenwriting credits and played several cameo roles, in all of which she kept her clothes on.
More recently, Beverly has returned to both teaching and journalism. She has covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter, and leads screenwriting workshops for UCLA Extension's world-renowned Writers' Program. Beverly is a popular speaker both at home and abroad, on topics ranging from the art of biography to the secrets of low-budget filmmaking. She's working to update both of her books, while also wrestling with film history projects that touch on the impact of the Sixties on the Baby Boom generation.
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