Patricia Beard is the author of ten non-fiction books and one novel. Her subjects combine social history—the portrait of eras from the Gilded Age to the present—with dramatic stories of men and women who influenced, or were influenced by their times.
A former features editor of Town & Country and Mirabella, and the former contributing editor of ELLE, Beard has interviewed A-list movie stars, exceptional individuals, and politicians, including the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Beard and her husband live on a former dairy farm in upstate New York, with their two dogs. Born and raised in New York City, Beard graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and brought up her children in New York.