Marcia Chellis

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A New York Times and London Times bestselling author, Marcia Chellis has written three successful nonfiction books about women. LIVING WITH THE KENNEDYS: The Joan Kennedy Story was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster, followed by Berkeley’s paperback edition. At the same time, Sidgewick and Jackson in London published the book in hardcover and then in paperback. The book was serialized by the New York Times syndicate, the Sunday London Times, and chosen as a Literary Guild Selection.

Viking/​Penguin published ORDINARY WOMEN, EXTRAORDINARY LIVES How to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Positive Change in Your Life in both the hardcover and paperback editions. The book was also a Literary Guild Selection. This uplifting and inspiring book about eight women who transform their lives is now back in print.

Marcia's newest book THE GIRLS FROM WINNETKA, telling the life stories of five women who come of age in the fifties, was awarded Editor's Choice by the publisher. Ann-Margret wrote in her Foreword, "Marcia has captured the essence of their struggles, losses, and victories. Though two classes behind 'the girls' at the same high school, I was right there with them."

Ms. Chellis has been a guest on the "Today Show," the "Phil Donahue Show," "Evening Magazine," "A.M. Los Angeles," "Larry King," "People Are Talking," "Sally Jesse Raphael," "Inside Edition," "Headliners and Legends," and numerous other television shows. She has also given many radio and print interviews across the country.

Her educational background includes a Master of Education from Harvard and two Bachelor of Science degrees from Northwestern. She is a member of the Authors Guild and the National League of American Pen Women.

Selected Works

Raised with fifties values, five friends tell how their dramatic shifts through the following decades made it possile for them to emerge as members of their cutting edge generation.
Despite experiencing devastating circumstances, eight women tell how they made their lives extraordinary.
The story of a woman who marries American royalty and later seeks her own identity.