Rosemary Sexton

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Rosemary Sexton
Born 1946[1]
Haileybury, Ontario
Occupation Author,[2] former Columnist
Notable work(s) Books
The Glitter Girls[3]
Confessions of a Society Columnist

Rosemary Sexton is a Canadian author and former columnist for The Globe and Mail[4] She is the author of the books The Glitter Girls,[2] Confessions of a Society Columnist and Home Before Dark. During her career at The Globe and Mail, she was known as Canada's most influential social columnist.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Sexton was born in 1946 in Haileybury, Ontario[3] and attended Haileybury High School and Havergal College. She enrolled in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto in 1965 and graduated from Laurentian University in 1968.[1] Sexton began her career in education after attending the Ontario College of Education. After teaching high school for five years, she entered Osgoode Hall Law School where she obtained an LLB in 1976,[5] the same year she received an MA in English from York University.[1]


Sexton was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978 and worked as a tax lawyer before becoming a censor for the Ontario Censor Board.[6] She left the field of law and became a stay-at-home mother, where she spent about 10 years prior to starting her writing career. During that decade, she served on the board of multiple charities including Family Day Care Services, Canadian Psychiatric Awareness Committee, Toronto Pops Orchestra, Wellesley Hospital Volunteer Committee, and the Toronto Symphony Women's Committee.[1]

Sexton’s career in writing began when she became a columnist for The Globe and Mail in 1988.[7] She was hired to succeed Zena Cherry and wrote a society column three times a week until 1993. It was in 1993 that she published the book The Glitter Girls,[8] a Canadian bestseller,[3] and followed up with the book Confessions of a Society Columnist in 1995. Home Before Dark was published in May 2014.

In addition to her work at The Globe and Mail and her published works, she was a regular contributor to the National Post as well as writing for Maclean's Magazine.


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography of Ms. Rosemary Sexton". Canadian Who’s Who. 2012–2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b c Harding, Lisa (1 September 1993). "No Bimbo – Society Columnist Rosemary Sexton". Chatelaine Magazine (HighBeam Business). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Daly, John (1 November 1993). "Glitter Girls". Maclean’s Magazine (HighBeam Business). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, Doug (1 March 1992). "Ruling Class, Eh? Suits Filed By Conrad Black Against The Media". Canadian Dimensions (HighBeam Research). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rosemary Sexton Profile". Canadian Lawyer Magazine. November 1980. 
  6. ^ "Lawyer Rosemary Sexton Quits As Censor". Toronto Star. 4 September 1980. 
  7. ^ Newman, Peter C. (22 November 1993). "The Glitter Girls: Chronicles of an Era of Excess". Maclean’s Magazine. 
  8. ^ Batt, Sharon (1996). Patient No More: The Politics of Breast Cancer. Spinifex Press. p. 225. ISBN 9781875559398. 
  9. ^ Hickey, Trisha (26 February 2000). "Dragon Ball 2000". The National Post (HighBeam Research). Retrieved 14 April 2013. 

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