Pulitzer was born Roxanne Renckens on February 10, 1951, in Cassadaga, New York, to Marilyn (Simpson) and William Renckens. When Renckens was young, her father William J. Renckens left town at her mother's request. Her mother remarried to Tyrone H. Ulrich, a police officer. She has a sister, Pamela, and a brother, Keith.
She met Palm Beach-based newspaper tycoon Herbert "Peter" Pulitzer (heir to Pulitzer, Inc.) at a party; they married, and their twin sons Maclean Simpson Pulitzer ("Mac") and Zachary Simpson Pulitzer ("Zac") were born in 1978. In 1982, Herbert sued for divorce. Roxanne was granted custody in an emergency hearing. Circuit Judge Carl Harper slapped a gag order on all parties involved, to little effect. Herbert's main accusation was that Roxanne wrecked their marriage with adultery and drug abuse. Both claimed that the other had had sexual encounters with Jacquie Kimberly, wife of James Kimberly, heir to the Kleenex fortune. Herbert also claimed she had affairs with four men, including Jacky Ickx, the racing driver. Judge Harper eventually granted Herbert Pulitzer custody of the children. She received $48,000 in alimony over 2 years. Roxanne appealed three times but was unsuccessful. She attracted media attention in 1983 during the proceedings; many of the headlines about her were unfavorable, some referring to her as "Foxy Roxy".
In 1984, they briefly resumed relations and considered remarriage.
In 1991, she was involved in the divorce case of French count and racecar driver Jean de la Moussaye.
Literary and media career
Pulitzer is the author of the novels Prize Pulitzer, Facade, Twins and The Palm Beach Story. She later adapted her The Prize Pulitzer: The Roxanne Pulitzer Story (1989) into a made-for-television movie, Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer, written from her point of view. She also appeared on the June 1985 cover and interior of Playboy Magazine. The $70,000 she received was used to pay her divorce bills.
- Jeannine Stein (February 19, 1988). "Roxanne Pulitzer: Making Infamy Pay - At 37, She Is Risking Spotlight to Trumpet Autobiography and Her Side of Marriage to Palm Beach Newspaper Heir". LA Times.
- Smith, Thomas C. "Pulitzer Divorce Trial: 1982". Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- Jeff Woloson, Online bio of Roxanne Pulitzer's marriage years (Archived June 10, 2008, on Wayback Machine.)
- "Kleenex heir's wife denies having encounters with Roxanne Pulitzer". The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. Chillicothe, Missouri. 6 October 1982. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Pulitzers considered remarriage". The Salina Journal. Salina, Kansas. 27 Dec 1984. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Articles and Essays: A Dog Took My Place". The Great Thompson Hunt. gonzo.org. 1997. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Foxy Roxy bares all!". Playboy Magazine. June 1985.
- "Life goes on in Palm Beach". The Galveston Daily News. Galveston, Texas. 12 May 1991. p. 58 – via Newspapers.com.
- Neill, Mike (November 9, 1992). "Pulitzer Reprise". People. 38 (19). Retrieved 10 August 2010.
- "Pulitzer ends 8-week marriage". The Salina Journal. Salina, Kansas. 13 Dec 1992. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Roxanne Pulitzer And Tim Boberg's $19.9 Million Home For Sale In Telluride". Huffington Post. Aug 11, 2011.
- Tim Pallesen (Oct 29, 2011). "Roxanne Pulitzer's pride: 'Palm Beach would not kick me out'". Palm Beach Daily News.
- "'Playboy' Gets Nude Pulitzer". Tyrone Daily Herald. Tyrone, Pennsylvania. 23 Apr 1985. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.