Connie Martinson

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Constance Frye Martinson
Born (1932-04-11) April 11, 1932 (age 85)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Journalist
  • producer

Constance Frye Martinson (born April 11, 1932) is an American writer and television personality. Since its 1979 debut, she has hosted the syndicated television show Connie Martinson Talks Books, which airs on public television.[1] A member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN (Print & Electronic Network), she writes a column for the Beverly Hills Courier.[2]


Martinson graduated in 1953 from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a bachelor of arts degree and was awarded the Davenport Prize for speech and literature.


She worked as an editor for Writer magazine in Boston before moving to Los Angeles with her husband, film and television director Leslie Martinson. Prior to parlaying her love of literature into a self-financed half-hour television series on books, she was involved in public relations for the Coro Foundation and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Judaism.

The Connie Martinson Talks Books Collection, now donated to Claremont Graduate University, consists of nearly 3,000 television interviews (L.A. CityView Channel 35, Government-access television cable TV and PBS in New York City) with authors of fiction and nonfiction taped over the last 30 years.[3] Included in the collection are interviews with Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, Al Gore, Rosa Parks, Gore Vidal, Studs Terkel, and Joyce Carol Oates. One of her most famous interviews took place in 1995 when she interviewed a then little-known author and future President of the United States named Barack Obama about his first book, Dreams From My Father.[4] Interviews with a diverse group of best-selling authors include Matthew Pearl, Cathy Scott, Stanley Wolpert, Ved Mehta, Rod McKuen, Roger Cohen, and Vincent Bugliosi.


She was married to American film director Leslie H. Martinson.[5] They reside in Beverly Hills, California.[5]


  1. ^ "Constance Frye Martinson." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
  2. ^ List, Beverly Hills Courier staff
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, "Interview archive will speak volumes," May 8, 2008
  4. ^ Barack Obama interview on YouTube
  5. ^ a b 'Beverly Hills Centenarian', The Beverly Hills Courier, January 16, 2015, p. 5 [1]

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