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Her film books include: The Making of The Wizard of Oz, a detailed book about the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca : Bogart, Bergman, and World War II (NY: Hyperion, 1992), and On the Road to Tara: the Making of Gone with the Wind.
Harmetz is also the author of the fictional work "Off the Face of the Earth," a story of a boy's abduction and the efforts to free him.
Aljean Harmetz is related by marriage to the corporate lawyer, Lloyd Harmetz.
In a 1988 savaging of Harmetz in Spy magazine, P.J. Corkery wrote that “If Harmetz writes a story, then it is either (a) wrong, (b) late, (c) trivial or (d) designed to advance the career of one of her sources. Or all of the above.” Quoting producer Martin Bregman’s observation that "Aljean Harmetz knows nothing," the piece suggested she owed her Times post mainly to “toadying” and “politicking.”