- NAME: Doris Kearns Goodwin
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1943 (Age: 71)
- EDUCATION: Colby College, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- Maiden Name: Doris Helen Kearns
- Full Name: Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin
- AKA: Doris Kearns
- AKA: Doris Goodwin
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Doris Kearns Goodwin is best known for authoring biographies of American presidents, including Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
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In an interview with the Academy of Achievement in the mid-1990s, years before Team of Rivals was released, Goodwin expressed feeling apprehensive about the Lincoln project: "I was thinking that I wouldn't take on Lincoln until I was 70 or so, because it seems like the Moby Dick of historians, but the Civil War is so fabulously interesting, and so is he."
Several years after its publication,
Team of Rivals returned to the media forefront when director Steven Spielberg acquired rights to the book for a major film adaptation, Lincoln. The highly anticipated film, scheduled for a November 2012 release, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, among other prominent performers.
Asked why she's passionate about writing presidential biographies during her mid-'90s interview with the Academy of Achievement, Goodwin explained, "It is not a question of coming at it from the start as if I'm out to get them, or out to praise them. I just want them to come alive again. That's all you really ask of history. Then the reader can feel, with all the complexity of emotions, what it is that is happening to them."
In addition to writing, Goodwin has worked for NBC News, as a government professor at Harvard, and as a political commentator. Additionally, in 1994, she served as a consultant for a baseball documentary created by Ken Burns, The History of Baseball. She is currently working on her next book about the broken friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft.
Goodwin has been married to former White House adviser Richard Goodwin since 1975. They have three sons, Richard, Michael and Joseph.
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