|Born||October 18, 1972
St. Louis, Missouri
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Early life and education
Maclean was born Heather Beach on October 18, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis in 1990. In 1994, she graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.
At Princeton, she was the Publisher of Business Today, the largest student-run magazine in the world, founded by Steve Forbes in 1968. While in college, she was an intern at Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Maclean began her career at The Walt Disney Company where she co-created the Disneyland Resort's first Website, www.disneyland.com, produced the company's first international intranet Team Disney, and had the distinction of being the first person ever to answer Mickey Mouse's e-mail. Following Disney, she worked at Internet retailer Buy.com as the Director of Web Development.
Maclean has written and edited 13 non-fiction published books including science and business, parenting, inspirational, and food-related titles such as The Weight of the Nation for HBO. Four of Maclean's books have been on The New York Times Best Seller list. Visual Intelligence with Amy E. Herman was a bestseller in the "Science" category, while Skinny Italian, Fabulicious!, and Fabulicious! Fast & Fit--all cookbooks of healthy, authentic Italian food written with reality TV star Teresa Giudice—were bestsellers in the "Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous" category.
Maclean was first published under the name Heather Michelle Beach in 1990 when an award-winning speech she wrote for the Voice of Democracy broadcast scriptwriting contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was entered into the United States Congressional Record by Congressman Richard A. Gephardt.
Maclean starred with Richard Branson on the television show The Rebel Billionaire, an Apprentice-meets-Amazing Race reality program broadcast on the Fox network in 2005. The show had over 5 million viewers and found ratings success internationally, airing in 19 countries around the world, ranking as the #1 show in many countries where Richard Branson does business. Maclean was one of the final contestants and appeared in every episode. Maclean also filmed the pilot episode for MTV's Road Rules with Mark Long and Shani Rosenzweig.
Maclean has been an on-air contributor to many news programs, including Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, ABC News, Fox Business Network and ParentsTV. She has also guest-starred on Sirius XM Radio's Doctor Radio program.
- Heather Maclean author page on Thomas Nelson publisher site
- Heather Maclean official website
- Business Today magazine, Winter 1993, Volume 30, No. 1, page 6
- "Playing by Art," Daily Candy, December 4, 2007
- "My Inner Rebel: What whitewater rafting in a crocodile-infested river has to do with business — and life" by Heather Maclean, Princeton Alumni Weekly, February 23, 2005
- New York Times Bestseller List, Paperback Advice & Misc., June 6, 2010
- New York Times Bestseller List, Paperback Advice & Misc., June 26, 2011
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- "Science Books - Best Sellers - June 12, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
- "Toward a Secret Sky - Blink YA Books". Blink YA Books. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
- Congressional Record, 101st Congress, April 4, 1990
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- "Fox's 'The Rebel Billionaire' struggles in debut, draws only 5.1 million viewers". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
- "The Rebel Billionaire" cast list, Internet Movie Database
- "Ga Ga for Baby Gizmos" Good Morning America, February 13, 2008 (video)
- "Big Ticket Baby Items" Good Morning America, February 13, 2008 (video)
- "Gizmos to Help Parents of Babies and Tots" CBS Early Show, March 1, 2008
- "Outrageous Baby Gifts" CBS Early Show, June 30, 2008 (video)
- "What to Have at Home for a Newborn Baby" ABC News