Bernard Weinraub Bernard Weinraub was a staff reporter for The New York Times for nearly 30 years and was its Hollywood correspondent from 1991 until his retirement in 2002. He has been a produced playwright since 2007 when his first play The Accomplices was performed in NYC and LA and nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
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- Personal Life
Weinraub was born in 1937 in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. He graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He worked as a journalist in Korea during the Vietnam War.
He worked as a reporter for The New York Times. He started as a courier in his twenties, eventually working as a correspondent in Saigon, Belfast, New Delhi and London. From 1991 to 2004, he wrote articles about the film industry. In 2003, he admitted to committing plagiarism.He apologized, explaining, "It was stupidity." He resigned in 2005, publishing a scathing article about Hollywood, including personal attacks against film executives Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Ovitz. The article also highlighted the huge wealth gap between journalists and actors in Hollywood. It went on to suggest that actors and producers were out of touch with reality, and that they were hypocritical about climate change.Meanwhile, he was replaced by David Halbfinger.
As a playwright, he published his first play, The Accomplices, in 2007. It talked about the refusal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration to admit more Jews during World War II despite their persecution and genocide in Nazi Germany. The play was performed both in New York and Los Angeles. It was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. However, it received a bad review from The New York Times. His second play, out in 2014, was Above the Fold. Based on the Duke lacrosse case, it shows the struggles of an African American journalist who realizes the scandal is phony while covering it. It premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. It was directed by Steven Robman and the lead actress was Taraji P. Henson. The play received a bad review from The Los Angeles Times.
He has been married twice. He has two children from his first marriage. He met Amy Pascal, a movie executive, at The Peninsula Beverly Hills in 1996; they got married in 1997. They have a son. They reside in Brentwood, a Western suburb of Los Angeles, California.
Bernard Weinraub began covering Hollywood for the New York Times in 1991 and according to the conventional wisdom, he set the pace for tough industry reporting. Conventional wisdom then shifted on Bernie when he romanced and married in 1997 Amy Pascal, the president of Columbia Pictures.
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