Lawrence J. Quirk

Lawrence J. Quirk (September 9, 1923 – October 17, 2014) was an American writer, Hollywood reporter and film historian.

Lawrence J. Quirk
BornSeptember 9, 1923
Lynn, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 17, 2014(2014-10-17) (aged 91)
Manhattan, New York City
  • Author
  • reporter
  • editor
PartnerWilliam Schoell


Lawrence J. Quirk was born in 1923 at Lynn, Massachusetts.[1] He was the nephew of James R. Quirk, former editor and publisher of the now-defunct Photoplay magazine. He was an army sergeant in Korea, a reporter for the Hearst papers, and a film magazine editor and publisher. Quirk was a film critic, writer, and editor for many publications. Since the 1960s, he wrote more than 30 books primarily on movie stars in Hollywood. He used his knowledge and friendship with Hollywood actors and politicians such as the Kennedys to gain material for his books. Quirk also appeared on many radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Good Morning, New York, and A Current Affair. He was profiled by Patricia Bosworth for the April 1998 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

He lived in Manhattan until his death in October 2014 at the age of 91.[2]




  • "Lulu in Hollywood: A Disgraceful Pot-Pouri of Blatant Falsehoods, Distortions and Odd Biographical Omissions: Self-Pitying, Self-Congratulatory - and Self-Serving " (June 1982)
  • "Brilliant Pittsburgh Journalist Barry Paris Coming Out with a Major Biography of Louise Brooks" (August 1986)


  1. ^ Johnson, Curt (1988). Who's who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets. December Press. p. 453.
  2. ^ "Ask Gay "Dr." Bill : Farewell Larry". 2014-10-26.
  3. ^ New Book Pulls The Covers Off Kennedys