Darcy O'Brien (July 16, 1939, in Los Angeles, California – March 2, 1998, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) was an award-winning American author of fiction and literary criticism, most well known for his work in the genre of true crime. His first novel, A Way of Life, Like Any Other,[1] was a fictionalized account of his childhood in Hollywood. In 1985, he wrote a book about the Hillside Stranglers entitled Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers,[2] which was adapted into a made-for-television film called The Case of the Hillside Stranglers, starring Richard Crenna.

Darcy O'Brien
Born(1939-07-16)July 16, 1939
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 2, 1998(1998-03-02) (aged 58)
Alma materPrinceton University
University of Cambridge
University of California, Berkeley
Parent(s)George O'Brien
Marguerite Churchill
RelativesOrin O'Brien (sister)

Biography edit

Darcy O'Brien was born in Los Angeles, the son of Hollywood silent film actor George O'Brien and actress Marguerite Churchill, a frequent co-star of John Wayne.

O'Brien attended Princeton University and University of Cambridge, and received a master's degree and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1965 to 1978 he was a professor of English at Pomona College. In 1978 he moved to Tulsa, and taught at the University of Tulsa until 1995.

O'Brien was married three times and had one daughter named Molly O'Brien. His sister is Orin O'Brien, a double bassist and member of the New York Philharmonic.

O'Brien died of a heart attack[3] in Tulsa on March 2, 1998.

Awards edit

O'Brien was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 1997.

Selected works edit

  • A Way of Life, Like Any Other (1977 & 2001). New York: Norton. ISBN 978-0393087987. OCLC 3203215
  • Moment by Moment, novelization of screenplay by Jane Wagner (1979)[4]
  • The Silver Spooner (1981)
  • Two of a Kind: The Story of the Hillside Stranglers (1985)
  • Murder in Little Egypt (1989)
  • Margaret in Hollywood (1991)
  • A Dark and Bloody Ground (1993)
  • Power to Hurt (1996)
  • The Hidden Pope (1998)
  • The Conscience of James Joyce (2016)

References edit

  1. ^ O'Brien, Darcy. (2001). A way of life, like any other. New York: New York Review Books. ISBN 094032279X. OCLC 46678088.
  2. ^ O'Brien, Darcy. (1985). Two of a kind : the Hillside stranglers. New York, N.Y.: New American Library. ISBN 0453004997. OCLC 12106189.
  3. ^ Lyman, Rick (1998-03-04). "Darcy O'Brien, 59, Author Of Fiction and 'True Crime'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  4. ^ Barker, B. M.; O'Brien, G. M.; O'Connell, R. F. (1981-10-15). "Relativistic quadrupole moment". Physical Review D. 24 (8): 2332–2335. Bibcode:1981PhRvD..24.2332B. doi:10.1103/physrevd.24.2332. ISSN 0556-2821.

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