Beverly Gray has spent her career fluctuating between the world of the intellect and show biz. As she was completing her doctorate in Contemporary American Fiction at UCLA, she was unexpectedly offered a job by Roger Corman. During her year-long stay at Corman's New World Pictures, she edited scripts, wrote publicity material, cast voice actors, supervised a looping session, played bit parts, and tried her hand at production. She collaborated with such soon-to-be-famous directors as Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme,
and Paul Bartel, and was deeply involved with the writing of the cult classic, Death Race
2000. Beverly left New World to return to academia. She spent three years as an assistant professor of English at USC, where she enjoyed teaching "Fiction into Film" courses.
After the birth of her children, she became involved with journalism, covering theatre and the entertainment industry for Performing Arts Magazine, Theatre Crafts, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Then Roger Corman beckoned once again. Beverly spent the next eight years at Concorde-New Horizons Pictures as Corman's story editor and creative executive, making some 170 low-budget features. Along the way, she found herself with five screenwriting credits: for a Vietnam epic (Beyond the Call of Duty); a Spanish ghost story (Immortal Sins); two martial arts flicks (both of them quickie rip-offs of an earlier Concorde film, Bloodfist); and a lurid period piece filmed in Russia and starring Beverly Garland and Ben Cross (Hellfire). Since leaving Concorde in 1994, Beverly has returned to both teaching and journalism. She writes about movies for the Hollywood Reporter, and leads intermediate-level screenwriting workshops for the Writers Program at UCLA Extension.
Her first book, Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking (Renaissance Books 2000), won critical acclaim and a spot on the Los Angeles Times hardcover non-fiction bestseller list. She is currently at work on an independent biography of actor/director Ron Howard, which is scheduled to be published by Rutledge Hill Press in 2003.
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