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Stephen M. Silverman is an American biographer, journalist, and editor. He was chief entertainment correspondent for the New York Post[1] from 1977 to 1988[2] and a news editor at Time Inc.[3] where he founded the People Online Daily. He is also the author of thirteen books of cultural criticism.[4]

Stephen M. Silverman
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Stephen M. Silverman
Born (1951-11-22) November 22, 1951 (age 67)
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine, B.A.
Columbia University, M.S.



As a writer, critic, and editor, Silverman has contributed to Esquire[2], Harper’s Bazaar[3], New York[2], The New York Times[2], the Chicago Tribune,[5] Newsweek[6], The Times of London[3], Smithsonian[2], Vogue[2], and The Washington Post[3].


Silverman's first book, Public Spectacles is a series of "mostly unvarnished and frequently amusing vignettes" of his personal run-ins with celebrity culture[7]. His David Lean is a biography of the acclaimed director of Lawrence of Arabia and features an introduction by Katharine Hepburn[8]. He has written numerous other books[9], including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Holiday Tradition, a history of the annual parade showcasing "vintage prints from the Macy’s archives"[10]. His most recent book is The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers[11].


For television, he wrote the TBS special Hot on the Trail: The Search for Sex, Love and Romance in the Old West. [12]


Silverman taught cultural affairs reporting and writing as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Stephen M. Silverman lives in New York City. His first job was selling ice cream in Disneyland.[14]


  • Public Spectacles (1981) about celebrity culture; ISBN 0-525-18605-0
  • The Fox That Got Away: The Last Days of The Zanuck Dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox (1988); ISBN 0-818-40485-X
  • David Lean (1989); ISBN 0-810-92507-9
  • Where There's a Will: Who Inherited What and Why (1991); ISBN 0-060-16260-0
  • Dancing On the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies (1996); ISBN 0-679-41412-6
  • The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces of Tinseltown (1997); ISBN 0-964-31197-6
  • Funny Ladies: 100 Years of Great Comediennes (1999); ISBN 0-810-93337-3
  • Movie Mutts: Hollywood Goes to the Dogs (2001); ISBN 0-810-94394-8
  • Envy, Anger and Sweet Revenge: Hey, It Works in Hollywood! (2002); ISBN 0-966-95735-0
  • Divas! The Fabulous Photography of Kenn Duncan (2008); ASIN B-01F-9QNDK-S
  • The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America (2015); ASIN B-00T-CI48I-Q
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: A New York City Holiday Tradition (2016); ISBN 0-789-33257-4
  • The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them (2019); ISBN 0-316-41648-7


  1. ^ "Articles by Stephen M. Silverman in the New York Post". New York Post. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Stephen M. Silverman Papers at the NYPL". NYPL. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Stephen M. Silverman's Author Page". Penguin Random House. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Amazon Author Page". Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Articles by Stephen M. Silverman in the Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Godless Side of Walt Disney". Newsweek. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Review of Public Spectacles". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chronicle: A Book Review of David Lean". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Books by Stephen M. Silverman". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "What to know as Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade turns 90". USA Today. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them". Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "TV REVIEWS: 'Untold West' Tells Old and New Stories". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jewish Book Council Author Page". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Amazon Author Bio". Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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