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Schwarz, Ted


Born: October 12, 1945

Ohio connection: Birth

Ted Schwarz was born Theodore R. Schwarz on October 12, 1945, in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is the son of Theodore R. and Ruth Dorothy.  Ted Schwarz attended Case Western Reserve University, 1964-66, 1971; New York Institute of Photography, 1965; and The University of the South School of Theology, 1992-1995. Ted Schwarz is a prolific writer who has authored and coauthored more than 100 books on a wide range of subjects that include, among others: photography, biography, coin collecting, ethics in the media, faith healing, gun safety, and writing.  His work has been on the New York Times and various international best seller lists, and his books have been published in more than 10 languages.

Ted Schwarz began his career as a comedy writer for radio.  He worked for the National Broadcasting Company in 1966; Storer Broadcasting Company, 1966-1974; and Westinghouse Broadcasting Company,1967-1970.  He also worked as a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, 1967-1969, and as a commercial photographer for Communication Unlimited, 1968-80.  He became a writing instructor, working for Pima College, 1976-87; Yavapi College, 1982-1987 and Northern Arizona University, 1984-87.

In 1985 Zondervan Publishing House released DeLorean, a biography written by Schwarz with John DeLorean. It became Schwarz's first New York Times Best Seller.  His first international best seller was The Peter Lawford Story: Life with the Kennedys, Monroe, and the Rat Pack (Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1988).  It was written with Patricia Seaton Lawford, Peter Lawford’s widow. Schwarz's works also include true crime, most notably The Hillside Strangler: A Murderer’s Mind (Doubleday 1981). (This was reprinted as The Hillside Strangler: The Three Faces of America’s Most Savage Rapist and Murderer and the Shocking Revelations from the Sensational Los Angeles Trial!, Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, 2004.)  He has authored and coauthored numerous biographies, often with someone close to the subject, or as autobiographies with the subject of the book.  His biographies include: The Kennedys: The Third Generation (Thunder's Mouth Press,1993); Marita: One Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of Love and Espionage from Castro to Kennedy (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1993); Rose Kennedy and Her Family: The Best and Worst of Their Lives and Times (Carol Publishing Group, 1995); Joseph P. Kennedy: The Mogul, the Mob, the Statesman, and the Making of an American Myth (John Wiley & Sons, 2003); Sinatra: You Only Thought You Knew Him (S.P.I. Books, 2004); Candy Barr: The Small-Town Texas Runaway Who Became a Darling of the Mob and the Queen of Las Vegas burlesque (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2008); Marilyn Revealed: The Ambitious Life of an American Icon (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2009); Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House, and Beyond (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2011).  In 1996, Schwarz's memoir, To Love a Child: A Reluctant Father Adopts a "Forgotten" Child (New Horizon Press), was published. His books on photography include: The Business Side of Photography (American Photographic Book  Publishing Company, 1969); Amphoto Guide to Photographing Models (Amphoto, 1979); How to Be a Freelance Photographer (Contemporary Books, 1980); McGraw-Hill’s Handbook for Professional Photographers (McGraw-Hill, 1984); How to Make Money with Your Video Camera (Prentice-Hall, 1985).  His books on coin collecting include: Coins as Living History (Arco Publishing, 1976); Beginner’s Guide to Coin Collecting (Dolphin Books, 1980); A History of United States Coinage (A.S. Barnes, San Diego; Tantivy Press. London, 1980).  Mr. Schwarz has written books on crime prevention (Protect Your Home and Family, Arco Publishing, 1984), writing (The Complete Guide to Writing Biographies, Writer’s Digest Books,1990), art  (with Sherry Clayton Taggett: Paintbrushes and Pistols: How the Taos Artists Sold the West, J. Muir Publications,1990), spiritual healing (Healing in the Name of God: Faith or Fraud, Zondervan, 1993) and ethics in the media (Free Speech and False Profits: Ethics in the Media, Pilgrim Press, 1996). In addition to these works and others, Mr. Schwarz has written more than 3,000 articles and short stories for magazines throughout the world, including Family Circle, Stern (Germany), and publications in Australia, Italy and France. Several of his books have been made into television movies and documentaries.

Ted Schwarz’s impressive literary career is also evidenced by his success as a ghostwriter. He has “ghosted”  books on art, business, and cooking. Of his talent for ghostwriting, Mr. Schwarz has said that his specialty is having “the ability to master another person’s story, then communicate it both effectively and so the reader feels he/she is experiencing the subject’s original work, not something ghosted.” 

Mr. Schwarz lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, Leslie, and their three sons, Raheem Thomas, Lawrence Dumaush, and William Demarius.