Known for movies
|Fact||Children: twins John and Jamie.|
Patricia MacLachlan is an American author of children’s books. She is best known for the Newbery Medal-winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall and its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story. Her other popular works include Edward’s Eyes, Baby, and Fly Away.
MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on December 11, 1938. She was the middle child of three girls. Her father was a journalist and her mother was a homemaker. MacLachlan’s parents divorced when she was eight years old. She and her sisters were raised by their mother.
MacLachlan attended Cheyenne Central High School. She then went on to study English and journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, she worked as a journalist for a newspaper in Boulder.
In 1963, MacLachlan married Robert MacLachlan. The couple had three children together. In the 1970s, the family moved to New York City so that Robert could pursue a career in advertising.
In 1975, MacLachlan began writing children’s books. Her first book, Edward’s Eyes, was published in 1977. It was followed by Baby in 1980 and Fly Away in 1982.
MacLachlan’s most famous book, Sarah, Plain and Tall, was published in 1985. It tells the story of a widower who advertises for a wife and mother for his two children. Sarah, the woman who answers the ad, comes to live with the family on their farm in Pennsylvania. The book won the Newbery Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature.
Sarah, Plain and Tall was followed by two sequels, Skylark in 1988 and Caleb’s Story in 2000. Both books were also well-received by critics and readers alike.
In addition to her work as an author, MacLachlan is also an accomplished editor. She has edited several anthologies of short stories for children, including A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal (1979), which won the Newbery Honor.
MacLachlan currently lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband Robert. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
|Full Name||Patricia MacLachlan|
|Education||University of Connecticut|
|Children||John MacLachlan, Jamie Maclachlan|
|Awards||John Newbery Medal, Golden Kite Award for Fiction|
|Nominations||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form – Adapted|
|Movies||Baby, Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End, Sarah, Plain and Tall|
|1||On growth: Things do change -- if you let them.|
|1||Children: twins John and Jamie.|
|2||Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 130, pp. 266-273. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.|
|Baby||2000||TV Movie book / teleplay|
|Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End||1999||TV Movie written by|
|Journey||1995||TV Movie novel / teleplay|
|Skylark||1993||TV Movie characters from novel "Sarah, Plain and Tall" / written by|
|Sarah, Plain and Tall||1991||TV Movie book / teleplay|
|Baby||2000||TV Movie co-producer|
|Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End||1999||TV Movie co-producer|
|Journey||1995||TV Movie co-producer|
|2001||Christopher Award||Christopher Awards||Television & Cable||Baby (2000)|
|2002||WGA Award (TV)||Writers Guild of America, USA||Adapted Long Form||Baby (2000)|
|1996||Humanitas Prize||Humanitas Prize||90 Minute Category||Journey (1995)|
|1991||Primetime Emmy||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special||Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia