Bachelor summa cum laude, Brown University, 1947. Master of Arts in Education, University Bridgeport, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Theater, City University of New York, 1988.
Freelance writer for various publications, New York City, since 1960. Lecturer in field.
Member American Theatre Critics Association, National Federation Press Women, Connecticut Critics Circle (co-founder), Outer Critics Circle, Women in Communications (co-founder Fairfield County chapter), Drama Desk, Connecticut Press Club (co-founder), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married William Backalenick, October 10, 1947. Children: Paul, Lynn, Lisa, Kim.