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Mary Higgins Clark
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    (December 24, 1927-January 31, 2020)
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Birth name was Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins
    Known for her suspense novels including 'Where Are the Children?' (1975), 'The Cradle Will Fall' (1980), 'A Cry in the Night' (1982), 'Loves Music, Loves to Dance' (1991), 'Remember Me' (1994), 'Pretend You Don't See Her' (1997), 'No Place Like Home' (2005) and 'Where Are You Now?' (2008)
    Also wrote the memoir 'Kitchen Privileges' (2001) and the children's book 'Ghost Ship' (2007)
    While working as a hotel switchboard operator, she eavesdropped on the residents, including Tennessee Williams (who, she complained, never said anything interesting).
    Her first short story was rejected 40 times over a six-year period before being published.
    Shortly after that story sold, she gave birth to her fourth child, who she named Carol after the heroine in the story.
    To make ends meet, she encouraged her five children to take jobs modeling and acting.
    She believes in ESP.
    After her father died when she was twelve, she had to move out of her bedroom so her mother could rent it out.
    While working as a secretary for an ad agency, she modeled for company brochures alongside a then-unknown Grace Kelly.
    Her first suspense novel, 'Where Are the Children,' has gone through 75 printings.
    Her honors include being named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by France, a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Catholic Church and president of the Mystery Writers of America.

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