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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Loraine Despres Eastlake  

Pen Name: Loraine Despres


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The bad behavior of Belle Cantrell /
ISBN: 0060515244. OCLC Number: 60697206

William Morrow,. .

Belle Cantrell goes to jail in 1920s Louisiana after swimming in her bloomers with a group of suffragettes, killing her husband of sixteen years, and engaging in other tumultuous activities that transform her home community.

The scandalous summer of Sissy LeBlanc :
ISBN: 0060505885. OCLC Number: 45799789

William Morrow,. .

"Sissy LeBlanc has been living in stifling old Gentry, Louisiana, since she was born, and trapped in a sham of a marriage to PeeWee Leblanc since she was only seventeen. Some days she can't help but pray that some man will come along and lead her into temptation."--Jacket.

The southern belle's handbook :
ISBN: 0060540893. OCLC Number: 51087155

Morrow,. .

- The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc has sold more than 100,000 copies in hardcover and paperback combined.