Loraine Despres Eastlake

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General Information

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Name: Loraine Despres Eastlake

Pen Name: Loraine Despres

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.LoraineDespres.com

Email: ld@LoraineDespres.com

Illinois Connection

Loraine was born in Chicago, attended high school in Highland Park and graduated from Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Loraine Despres was born in Chicago and attended high school in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated from Northwestern University. After college, she began to write educational radio, film, and advertising in Chicago, Paris, and New Orleans. She later moved to Los Angeles and within two years, she was writing for the television show Family. She went on to write for the television shows The Highlander, The Equalizer, Crime Story, Dynasty, The Waltons, Love Boat, CHIPS and Knots Landing. She is probably best known for writing the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of Dallas, now a veritable icon of pop culture.

After writing many movie pilots, movies of the week, feature films and soap operas, Loraine decided to write a novel. Three years later the best selling novel, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc was published. Loraine currently resides in Los Angeles.

Published Works

  • The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc, William Morrow, Harper Collins, 2001
  • The Southern Belle's Handbook, Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live By, William Morrow, Harper Collins, 2003
  • The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell, William Morrow, Harper Collins, 2005

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc: A Novel

ISBN: 0060505885
Release Date: 2002-08-06

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The Southern Belle's Handbook: Sissy LeBlanc's Rules to Live By

ISBN: 0060540893
Release Date: 2003-04-29

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The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell: A Novel

ISBN: 0060515244
Release Date: 2005-09-27

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Literary Awards

The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection and was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.

The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell was an official selection of the Pulpwood Queens, America's Largest Book Club with chapters across the country and across the world.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact:

Katherine Herring

Harper Collins-Wiliam Morrow & Company

10 East 53rd Street

New York, NY 10022


External Links

Loraine Despres on WorldCat

Loraine Despres on Amazon


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