Lisa Birnbach

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Lisa R. Birnbach (born 1957) is an author best known for co-authoring The Official Preppy Handbook, which spent 38 weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list in 1980.[1][2]


After graduating from Brown University, Birnbach worked at The Village Voice, where she co–wrote the Scenes column. Since The Official Preppy Handbook Lisa has written an additional 15 books, for newspapers such as the New York Times, and for magazines such as Glamour, Parade, Rolling Stone, and TV Guide. She was the deputy editor of Spy magazine.[3][2]

Birnbach worked as a technical consultant on the movie Dead Poets Society. She has co–hosted Good Night America and was a correspondent on The Early Show, hosting the segment, “Yikes! I'm a Grownup!” She is co–creator and co–host of ABC's Zero Hour, co–writer of the off–Broadway revue, Loose Lips, and until 2007, she hosted the comedy radio program, The Lisa Birnbach Show.[2]

In 2010, she wrote True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World with Chip Kidd.[4][5] She appeared on the Colbert Report on 13 September 2010.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Birnbach has three children and resides in New York City.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (30 August 2010). "BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Preppily Perplexed? A New Guidebook". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lisa Birnbach". Random House Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Lisa Birnbach bio". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ Birnbach, Lisa; Chip Kidd (2010). True prep: it's a whole new old world. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0375712011. 
  5. ^ Rich, Motoko (4 April 2010). "Rejoice, Muffy and Biff: The Preppy Primer Is Getting an Update". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Stephen Colbert (Cast Member) (2013-04-25). "Lisa Birnbach". Episode 6114 (Comedy Central). 30 Minutes minutes in. Retrieved 2013-04-28.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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