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17 August 1953
Early life and education
Regan grew up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Bay Shore, New York. She graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1971. She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in English and Art History. She went on to study art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Regan grew up in a large extended Sicilian and Irish family on a farm outside Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Her parents Rita and Leo were both schoolteachers. She is the middle child of two brothers and two sisters.
With psychologist David Buckley—whom she never married—she had son Patrick(1982) or 1980. In 1987 she married New York City financial planner Robert Kleinschmidt. Their daughter Lara was born in 1991, and the couple separated soon after. In 2000 they were finally divorced.
In the mid 1980s, she signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write two books, including a history of the American family. She later canceled the contract in order to stay home with her young son, who had suffered a head injury after being hit by a drunken driver. Simon & Schuster then offered her a job as an editor, working from home. During this time she worked with Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, as well as new novelists such as Wally Lamb, Jess Walter, Walter Kirn, and Douglas Coupland.
She set up the imprint Regan Books with HarperCollins, where she signed new novelist Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Additional books involved in publishing include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Wicked and Son of a Witch, also by Gregory Maguire; Stupid White Men by Michael Moore; Private Parts and Miss America by Howard Stern; The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss; Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee; Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell; She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb; Juiced by Jose Canseco; Domicilium Decoratus by Kelly Wearstler; Shampoo Planet and Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland; Ruby Ridge, Citizen Vince, and Land of the Blind by Jess Walter; and American Soldier by Tommy Franks.
In 2006, Fox announced that Regan had interviewed O.J. Simpson, during which Simpson confessed to the 1994 murders of which he had been acquitted. The confession was to air on the Fox network and Regan was to publish Simpson's written confession as a book entitled If I Did It. After harsh criticism, News Corporation cancelled both the book and the interview with Simpson that was to air on the Fox Network. The book went on to be published and became a #1 bestseller. News Corp. fired Regan and Regan sued and won a reported $25 million for defamation and wrongful dismissal.
From 1994 to 2004, Regan hosted a number of talk shows, including her own Judith Regan Tonight, a weekend talk show on the Fox News Channel. She hosts a general interest talk radio show on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.
In popular culture
In a 2005, season 4 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent called "My Good Name," the media adviser to a Bernie Kerik-like character takes a phone call from a woman named "Judith" modeled after Regan.
In 2012, Regan made several appearances on The Joy Behar Show.
Film and Television Production
Ruby Ridge. Executive Producer. CBS mini-series. 1996.
Living Out Loud. Actress, Cameo. 1998.
Growing Up Gotti. Executive Producer, A&E. 2004-2006.
When the World Came to Town. Universal. (in turnaround)
Custody. DreamWorks. (in turnaround)
The Dive. Producer with James Cameron and Barry Josephson. (in development)
I Know This Much Is True. Producer. Fox Studios. (in development)
- "Hall Of Fame 2003". Bay Shore High School Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved 2006-11-20.
- "Time Magazine", "Judith Regan: For Two Mouths, a Megaphone"
- "Raw Data: Judith Regan Statement: 'Why I Did It'". Fox News. November 17, 2006.
- Fox News
- Roberts, Johnnie (December 2006). "Publishing: No More Free Rein For Regan" (– Scholar search). Newsweek. Archived from the original on 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2006-10-29.[dead link]
- Sirius radio XM Stars
- The Insider, "Defamer Casting: If He Did It, This Is How The Casting Notice Happened," Jan. 2007