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Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman
Born 1978 (age 39–40)
New York City
Residence London, United Kingdom
Known for Journalist, author

Hadley Clare Freeman[1] (born 1978[2]) is an American journalist based in London.[3]


Early lifeEdit

Freeman was born to a Jewish family in New York.[4][5] Her father worked in finance. The family moved to London when Freeman was eleven.[6]


After taking her A-level examinations while boarding at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies,[1] she read English Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, and edited Cherwell.[7]


After a year in Paris, she worked on the fashion desk of The Guardian for eight years.[8]

Freeman is a columnist and writer for The Guardian newspaper who also contributes to the UK version of Vogue.[9]

Starting in 2000, Freeman has occasionally written about her experiences with anorexia. She was treated in a psychiatric unit during six different periods between ages 13 and 17.[10]

Her first book, The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable, was published in 2008.[2] Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies followed in 2013. According to Jennifer Lipman in The Jewish Chronicle, it is "a detailed attack on how women are both portrayed and conditioned to act in public life".[11] In 2015, she released the book Life Moves Pretty Fast.[12]

In her books, Freeman discusses cinema, particularly from the 1980s, and she occasionally appears in the media to discuss films. She has said that her favourite film is the original Ghostbusters[13] and that she has collected books and articles connected to the film.[14]

Following an article for The Guardian in July 2013 criticising misogynistic behaviour, Freeman became the target of a bomb threat on Twitter.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Alumni Profiles". Cambridge Centre for Sixth-Form Studies. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b The Meaning of Sunglasses: A Guide to (Almost) All Things Fashionable, Penguin, ISBN 978-0-670-01867-3
  3. ^ "Cricket and other baffling British habits", The Guardian, 4 July 2012
  4. ^ Viv Groskop "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies, by Hadley Freeman – review", The Observer, 19 May 2013
  5. ^ Hadley Freeman "Sick of US news? Don't worry: there are lots of other things to discuss", The Guardian, 6 November 2012
  6. ^ Natalie Gill and Katie Forster "The Guardian's Hadley Freeman tells us why America can't let Romney win, why she rejected her first Guardian job offer, and how to dress for a supervision when you've written an abysmal essay", The Tab (Cambridge), 4 November 2012
  7. ^ Sadie Levy Gale "Interview: Hadley Freeman — How to be Awesome", Cherwell, 10 August 2013
  8. ^ Hadley Freeman "I was banned from a slew of shows and never brushed my hair: Hadley Freeman's life as a fashion misfit", Evening Standard, 10 May 2013
  9. ^ "Hadley Freeman |". London: 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  10. ^ "It wasn't feminist theory that cured my anorexia – it was having something to eat for". London: The Guardian. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Jennifer Lipman "Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies", The Jewish Chronicle, 30 May 2013
  12. ^ Ellen, Barbara (17 May 2015). "Life Moves Pretty Fast review – a funny, absorbing study of 80s Hollywood". The Guardian. The Scott Trust. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  13. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "My favourite film: Ghostbusters". The Guardian. The Scott Trust. Retrieved 2016-07-24. 
  14. ^ Freeman, Hadley (27 October 2011). "Why I owe it all to 1980s movies". The Guardian. The Scott Trust. Retrieved 2016-07-24. Ghostbusters is the greatest movie ever made. For most of my life, I assumed this was a fact universally agreed. Sure, when asked to name their favourite film, people might say random words like "Citizen Kane" or "Vertigo", but I thought they did this just as, when asked who they'd like to have at their dream dinner party, they might say, "Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela" – when, obviously, they'd actually want Madonna and Bill Murray. 
  15. ^ "Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

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