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Mary Higgins Theresa Eleanor Clark Edit Profile

also known as Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney

writer

Mary Higgins Clark is an American author of suspense novels. Mary Higgins Clark's books are world-wide bestsellers. In the U.S. alone, her books have sold over 100 million copies. Each of her 42 books has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, and all of her novels remained in print as of 2007, with her debut suspense novel, Where Are The Children, in its seventy-fifth printing.

Background

Ethnicity: Her father - Irish immigrant Luke Higgins and her mother - American born Nora, also of Irish descent

Mary Higgins Clark was born Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins on December 24, 1927, in the Bronx, New York, to Nora and Luke Higgins. She was born about a year and a half after the birth of her older brother, Joseph. Her younger brother John, followed three years later.

Education

When Higgins Clark graduated from Saint Francis Xavier Grammar School she received a scholarship to continue her education at the Villa Maria Academy, a school run by the nuns of the Congregation de Notre Dame de Montreal. There, the principal and other teachers encouraged Higgins Clark to develop her writing, although they were somewhat less than pleased when she began spending her class time writing stories instead of paying attention to the lesson.

Career

Mary Higgins Clark was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor. She is also a Dame of Malta and a Lady of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She received the Catholic Big Sisters Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and the Graymoor Award from the Franciscan Friars in 1999. Honors she has received include the Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical Society (1993), the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (1994), the National Arts Club's first Gold Medal in Education (1994), the Horatio Alger Award (1997), the Outstanding Mother of the Year Award (1998), the Bronx Legend Award (1999), the 2001 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Passionists' Ethics in Literature Award (2002), the first Reader's Digest Author of the Year Award 2002 and the Christopher Life Achievement Award in 2003. She is an active advocate and participant in literacy programs

Achievements

  • Achievement  of Mary Higgins Clark

    Each of her forty-two novels having been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries, all of which remain in print. Currently, in 2015, Higgins Clark has over 50 novels published, with millions of copies sold throughout the United States.

Works

  • book

    • 1968 Aspire To The Heavens (reissued in 2000 as Mount Vernon Love Story)

    • 1975 Where Are The Children?

    • 1977 A Stranger is Watching

    • 1980 The Cradle Will Fall

    • 1982 A Cry in the Night

    • 1984 Stillwatch

    • 1987 Weep No More, My Lady

    • 1989 While My Pretty One Sleeps

    • 1989 The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories

    • 1990 Voices in the Coal Bin (short story, only available as an audio book with Carol Higgins Clark's That's the Ticket)

    • 1991 Loves Music, Loves to Dance

    • 1992 All Around the Town

    • 1993 I'll Be Seeing You

    • 1993 Death on the Cape and Other Stories

    • 1993 Milk Run and Stowaway (Two stories. Like Voices in the Coal Bin, never officially published out of anthologies)

    • 1994 Remember Me

    • 1994 The Lottery Winner and Other Stories

    • 1995 Let Me Call You Sweetheart

    • 1995 Silent Night

    • 1996 Moonlight Becomes You

    • 1996 My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories

    • 1997 Pretend You Don't See Her

    • 1998 You Belong to Me

    • 1998 All Through The Night

    • 1999 We'll Meet Again

    • 2000 Before I Say Good-Bye

    • 2000 Deck the Halls (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)

    • 2001 On The Street Where You Live

    • 2001 He Sees You When You're Sleeping (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)

    • 2002 Daddy's Little Girl

    • 2003 The Second Time Around

    • 2004 Nighttime Is My Time

    • 2004 The Christmas Thief (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)

    • 2005 No Place Like Home

    • 2006 Two Little Girls in Blue

    • 2006 Santa Cruise (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)

    • 2007 Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story

    • 2007 I Heard That Song Before

    • 2008 Where Are You Now?

    • 2008 Dashing Through the Snow (with daughter Carol Higgins Clark)

    • 2009 Just Take My Heart

    • 2010 The Shadow of Your Smile

    • 2011 I'll Walk Alone

    • 2011 The Magical Christmas Horse (illustrated by Wendell Minor)

    • 2012 The Lost Years

    • 1993 Mother Salut (with Amy Tan and Maya Angelou)

    • 2001 Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir'

Religion

Outside of writing, Clark is a proud and active Irish American Catholic, and was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a papal honor.

Politics

Author Mary Higgins Clark is a huge Republican fan. She's donated $10,000 to that Republican National Committee, and $5,000 to the New Jersey Republican Party.

Views

Quotations: "The Irish are, by nature, storytellers."

“When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.”

“Approach your lives as if they were novels, with their own heroes, villains, red herrings, and triumphs”

"If you want to be happy for life, love what you do."

"The first four months of writing the book, my mental image is scratching with my hands through granite. My other image is pushing a train up the mountain, and it's icy, and I'm in bare feet."

Membership

  • American Society Journalists & Authors

  • Authors League

  • Mystery Writers America (president 1987)

Personality

With all of her personal successes, she is quick to credit both her faith and her family for keeping her going when times were tough. She is charming, witty, outspoken and quite funny. She credits a good sense of humor as being a prime ingredient in a good marriage. When she's not writing or touring, you might find her traveling to an exotic locale, surfing the Net, renovating her new home, or spending time with her family.

  • “Ms. Reidy, the Simon & Schuster CEO, declines to weigh in on the matter, saying, "We don't even want to think about a time when we're not publishing Mary. When you have an author like Mary who publishes regularly at a regular time of year, has a very large audience that is predictable, and you know you're going to have that large sales infusion every year at that time, it gives you the profitability to keep your company running, to keep the lights on and keep people employed."

    Louise Burke of Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint that sells one million paperback copies of Ms. Clark's books every year, says Ms. Clark has an unerring radar for what her readers want, and keeps delivering. "A lot of authors switch genres or want to try something different, but she continues to write the book her readers expect," she says.”

Interests

  • Writers

    Morris West

  • Other Interests

    traveling

Connections

She was married three times and has 5 children. In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey. Between them, they have sixteen grandchildren - Mary's six and John's ten.

father:
Luke Higgins - Irish

mother:
Nora Higgins - Irish, American

spouse:
John J. Conheeney - retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch Futures
John J. Conheeney - spouse of Mary Higgins Clark

1st spouse (1949–1964):
Warren Clark

daughter:
Carol Higgins Clark - American - writer
 Carol Higgins Clark - daughter of Mary Higgins Clark