Elaine Bernstein Partnow is an author and public speaker especially noted for her living history portrayals of notable women and for the nationally acclaimed book The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years (6th edition, 2010: Facts On File, NY). A collection of almost 20,000 quotations by over 5,000 women from 167 nations: in print since 1977. Her many books include The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age, co-authored with her sister, psychotherapist Judith Hyman, Ph.D . She’s also written The Quotable Jewish Woman, The Female Dramatist (with her niece, Lesley Hyatt), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for Any Occasion, Everyday Speaking for all Occasions, co-authored with her sister Susan Partnow, Photographic Artists and Innovators, co-authored with her husband, photographer Turner Browne, and others.
Elaine has brought some of her dozens of portrayals of fabulous women to tens of thousands of women, men and children internationally. She has taught acting at all levels, including challenged children, and directed teenagers in several stage plays. She has written, produced and acted in her own one-woman show, Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection. She has a screenplay and two novels under her belt and hopes to see them sold soon.
Included in several editions of Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in Entertainment, Partnow has been the on-line columnist of “Women of Wisdom” for the award-winning web site, www.feminist.com.
Elaine is also an editor, writing doctor and coach. Her clients currently include a first novel, a gardening book, and a self-help book on flight anxiety.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she left for New York when she was twenty and has since lived in New Orleans, Seattle, Live Oak Island off Florida’s north Gulf coast, and, now, back to L.A. with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not writing or editing she has done volunteer work as an educational interpreter for two park systems, mentoring at the schools, and, with her rat terrier, Deva, making pet therapy visits.