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The Write Stuff

Breaking into a Man’s World

Lyn Tornabene with Marlon Brando

Arizona Daily Star reporter Kathy Allen will interview Lyn Tornabene, discussing her lengthy and illustrious journalism career.

Lyn Tornabene's thirty-seven year career in publishing began when she graduated from Penn State University as an English major and moved to Manhattan. Starting as a file clerk for the new American Library, she rose to the editorial departments of Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and Cosmopolitan. As a free-lancer, she wrote hundreds of articles for major magazines and published three books: What's a Jewish Girl? (1966) and I Passed as a Teenager (1967) for Simon and Schuster and Long Live The King: A Biography of Clark Gabel (1976) for Putnam. She was married for 50 years to the late Frank Tornabene, a journalist and art publisher. She currently resides in Tucson, and contributes to the advancement of the arts.

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