Novelist, Screenwriter, & Playwright
Broward Community College, Florida
Rita Mae Brown, the woman who later became known as the "Mother of American Farce," fudged on her age to get her first library card. Once she settled in among the books, Brown stayed—first as a reader, then as a prolific and commercially successful author and playwright. She began her studies at the University of Florida but finished her lower-division requirements at the then Junior College of Broward County (now Broward Community College). After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, a degree in cinematography, and her PhD, Brown began writing in earnest. Her first novel was Rubyfruit Jungle, and she has followed that with 14 more novels and several screenplays. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Variety show in 1982 and was nominated for a second Emmy for The Long Hot Summer (Best Mini-series category). When not writing, Brown serves as the president of American Artists, Inc. and is an ardent supporter of community colleges.