LZ Biography

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I was born under the sign of Scorpio on a chilly Friday in November, in Oak Park, Illinois.  When my mom arrived at the hospital in hard labor, her doctor gave her a sleeping pill and went off to a cocktail party.  A few hours later he returned, half-soused, in time to scribble his name on my birth certificate.  Ah, the Mad Men era.

My Pre-K years were spent in courtrooms and nightclubs, alternately tagging along with my dad, a trial lawyer, and my mom, a nightclub singer, on their individual quests for fame and fortune.  Having done Vegas by the time I was seven, I did not always fit in with the other kids.  But I loved learning, and had the privilege of attending some great institutions.  First was the progressive Francis W. Parker School in Chicago.  Then, a strange turn of events led me to Madeira, a girl’s boarding school in Virginia (Jean Harris was the headmistress there before matriculating to the federal penitentiary for murder).  I didn’t fit in with the Southern Belles at Madeira, either.  But, refusing to be a quitter, I stuck it out.

Northwestern University was everything a 1980’s young woman needed: a party school with great reputation.  Upon graduation I moved to California for my first real job as an NBC Page on The Tonight Show.  That led to a career as a writer/producer for NBC News in Charlotte, NC.  I hated the humid, racist south.  I hated Charlotte, with its limited art scene and two decent restaurants.  I hated the two women who were my bosses.  The hero was at her darkest hour.

Eventually I made it back to Southern California and the Peter Stark Program at University of Southern California.  I worked as a “D-Girl” and a script reader, sold a movie to MGM that was never made (but was a great experience) and wrote on the staff of Aaron Spelling’s soap, Titans.  I am married to a comedy writer.  We have two adorable kids and a dog.  And I’m not dead yet.

One Response to LZ Biography

  1. Mary Ann

    You might also enjoy reading John Kass’s columns in the Chicago Tribune. He definitely has Mike Royko’s attitude on Chicago politics and doesn’t take any prisoners in his columns. He even has his own “Slats Grobnik”. Since he has young children being raised in Chicago, he also has a more youthful approach.

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