Cherie Bennett

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Cherie Bennett (born 1960 in Buffalo, New York) is an American novelist, actress, director, playwright, newspaper columnist, singer, and television writer on the CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.


Writing was not Bennett's early focus. Sometimes known as the "Big and Tall Barbie Doll", she attended Wayne State University, and then the University of Michigan in the early 1980s, as a musical theater major. She worked frequently as an actress, doing national musical tours, regional theater productions including Mark Medoff's When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? and a well-reviewed turn in the off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Twenty-Seven Wagons Full of Cotton. She headed her own improv comedy trio, Zaniac, and performed as a vocalist, singing backup for John Mellencamp and in her play, Honk Tonk Angels.

Bennett's favorite non-writing activities are reading (memoirs, medical mysteries, and show-biz stories), film, theater, cooking, politics, and Internet shopping. She lives in Los Angeles with her son.

Her pseudonyms are C.J. Anders, and Carrie Austen. For many years, she wrote frequently with Jeff Gottesfeld, with whom she shared the Zoey Dean pseudonym.[1]

Her father was a writer for such shows as The Twilight Zone, Route 66, and Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows.

Since June 2011, she's been the Artistic Director at Amusings Productions in Sherman Oaks.

Television credits[edit]

The Young and the Restless (hired by Lynn Marie Latham; fired by Maria Arena Bell)

  • Script Writer: December 14, 2006 - December 21, 2007; March 18 - August 19, 2008
  • Associate Head Writer: July 2007 - December 21, 2007; March 18 - July 10, 2008

As the World Turns (hired by Hogan Sheffer)

  • Breakdown Writer: 2005

Port Charles (hired by Lynn Marie Latham)

Another World

  • Story Consultant: 1997

Girls Got Game: 2006

Smallville: 2001 - 2002


Book Series

  • Sunset Island (forty-one book series)
  • Dawson's Creek (seven original novels)
  • Mirror Image (four book series)
  • Hope Hospital (three book series)

Six Book Series

  • University Hospital
  • Wild Hearts
  • Teen Angels
  • Trash
  • Pageant

Other Books


  • John Lennon And Me
  • Sex And Rage In A SoHo Loft
  • Life In The Fat Lane
  • Zink
  • Searching for David's Heart fme
  • A Heart Divided
  • Cyra And Rocky
  • Reviving Ophelia (adapted from the book by Dr. Mary Pipher)


Newspaper column[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Biography: Zoey Dean. Scholastic Corporation (accessed September 20, 2015)

External links[edit]