Laurie Boeder is a lifelong movie fan and professional writer who especially loves the fabulous Hollywood films of the '40s, '50s and '60s, and has a soft spot for screwball comedies, cheesy old sci-fi, and old-fashioned patriotic potboilers.
Laurie has been watching and loving classic films since she first saw a grainy copy of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir on her family's old black-and-white television set, and she realized that beautiful old movies last forever. The scripts and stills from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon sat next to her math and science schoolbooks on her desk, and she wanted to grow up to be as witty and sophisticated as Myrna Loy in the Thin Man movies; as deadly a femme fatale as Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity; and as smart and funny as Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby. She's watched thousands of classic films, and is pleased to share her expertise with About.com's readers.
A former Associated Press journalist and TV news reporter, Laurie has worked for more than 20 years in Washington, DC as a writer. During her career, she has written scripts and speeches for Hollywood stars and celebrities from the worlds of movies, television, politics and science.
A graduate of Macalester College, a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, Laurie studied journalism, theater, economics, political science and languages. She is fluent in German, which is very helpful when she watches old WWI and WWII movies, and she is slowly learning Spanish.
By Laurie Boeder:
Welcome to About.com's classic movie site. Whether you're just discovering these great films, or you're an old fan like me, I know you'll find something to enjoy here.