Lawrence Schiller, born in Brooklyn in 1936, grew up in San Diego. After college he worked for Life magazine, Paris Match magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published thirteen other books, including W. Eugene Smith’s Minamata and Norman Mailer’s Marilyn. He collaborated with James Willwerth on American Tragedy, Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce!, and with Mailer on The Executioner’s Song and Oswald’s Tale. The eleven motion pictures and miniseries he has directed for television include The Executioner’s Song and Peter the Great, which together won a total of five Emmys.