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Claire Fordham
Claire Fordham is a British writer and broadcaster with over 15 years’ experience as a freelance journalist. She has worked for the BBC, ITN and SKY News as a producer/reporter and was a weekly columnist for Britain's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun. She also writes for the Daily Mail.

Claire's book, the acclaimed Plus One: A Year In The Life of a Hollywood Nobody inspired the film The Making Of Plus One… starring Jennifer Tilly, Amanda Plummer, Geraldine Chaplin and John Sessions (distributed by Nesht Studios).

Claire was a producer on TV’s 30 Biggest Surprise Moments for the Paley Center broadcast on CBS. She lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Claire Fordham

Into Africa to Fight Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:37 AM


A Malibu mother of two teenagers is walking straight into one of the most dangerous situations in the world. Dr. Suzanne Donovan is one of a team of volunteers who have arrived in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization (WHO)...

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My Life as a Ghost

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:18 PM

If I had a dollar for every person I've met who tells me their life story should be a book, I'd have $278 by now. The great thing about self-publishing is that everyone can write their life story and turn it into a book. The terrible thing about self-publishing is...

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Zach Galifianakis Helps Us Laugh in the Face of Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:16 PM


I can usually find something negative to say about most people, but my friend Suzanne Krull Spruyt was that rare human who was loved and adored by everyone lucky enough to meet her.

Almost eight months ago, Suzanne died from...

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In Tune With the Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:09 AM

At a time when it's getting harder and harder to motivate Joe and Jane Public to buy music, a singer/songwriter from New Zealand has released a CD with that unique selling point coveted by record company executives. No, she's not Lorde, but another platinum-selling Kiwi: Monique Rhodes.

Rhodes, a...

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How to Be a Better Mother to Your Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Sons are great, but there is something special about the mother/daughter bond. And there are specific challenges as well as joys when raising daughters. Yes, opportunities for girls have never been greater, but many teenage daughters pull away from their mother right at the time when they need guidance and...

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Death Becomes Her

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Olivia Bareham is a death midwife. Just as a birth midwife helps bring someone into this world, a death midwife helps them depart from it. Bareham's mission in life is to change the way we think about death.

"Most of us think death is a scary thing to be avoided...

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Talking Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 6:25 PM


When Valentina Castellani-Quinn saw The Butterfly's Dream -- a Turkish film about love, death and friendship -- she fell in love with it and wanted to help bring the movie to a wider audience.

Castellani-Quinn knows something about love and tragedy. Her...

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Water Is Life

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:52 PM


World Water Day is March 22 -- the perfect time for us westerners to raise our chilled, thirst-quenching glass of it (or our refreshing cup of tea) to the almost one billion people around the world without access to clean drinking water.

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Starting Over After Devastating Injuries

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 11:33 AM

One minute, Dr. Russell Moon, 58, was a super-fit cyclist with a thriving dental practice in Santa Monica, Calif. The next, he was paralyzed from the shoulders down. A driver making a left turn didn't see him, and knocked Dr. Moon off his mountain bike.

"As soon as I hit...

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Jane Austen Never Had This Trouble

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 1:37 PM

Here are a few things I've learned since my book Plus One: A Year in the Life of a Hollywood Nobody was published: To be a writer, you need a trust fund, a rich spouse or another source of income if you want to keep a roof over your head;...

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Fiji's Hidden "Bachelorette" Paradise

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 7:00 AM

As my daughter, husband and I stepped off the plane at the tiny Savusavu airport in Fiji, where we'd come to visit my son and his family, the first thing I saw was a couple of cows tethered to a post, grazing placidly. I thought there probably won't be much...

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S#*! My Mom Says

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:41 AM

If Oscar Wilde was right and all women become like their mothers, you can forgive me for feeling a little anxious after my parents' last trip to Los Angeles, where my sister and I live.

Not that they are losing their marbles. Far from it, but they have been known...

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A Cure for Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 11:58 AM

As someone who has received health care on both sides of the Atlantic, I feel compelled to weigh in on this all-important subject.

There's something wonderful about being able to go to a doctor or hospital in the UK, knowing you don't have to fill in multiple forms and...

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S#*! My Mum Says

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 2:49 PM

If Oscar Wilde was right and all women become like their mothers, you can forgive me for feeling a little anxious after my parents' last trip to Los Angeles, where my sister and I live.

Not that they are losing their marbles. Far from it, but they have been known...

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Plucking Hell

(7) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 11:08 AM

The last time I moaned about my eyebrows being too thin and not long enough, a man friend told me to think myself lucky that's the only thing I have that's too thin and not long enough.

Fair point, well made. But what's a gal gotta do to get a...

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Twirling Dervish

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 1:54 PM

In my dreams, I am smiling at the cameras in the season finale of Dancing With The Stars, waving at the adoring crowds with one hand and holding the mirror ball trophy in the other, with confetti raining all around.

In reality, I only dance after a couple of...

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Moving From California To Fiji

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 6:30 AM

I'm calling it our Plan B, but it's really my Plan A. I want to keep renting our small yet lovely apartment in Los Angeles and build a fabulous house in Fiji where my son lives. So I can watch my baby grand daughter grow up in the flesh without...

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Time for a Plan B?

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11:18 AM

While my heart isn't bleeding for the banks that just had their credit ratings lowered, I am concerned about the knock-on effect it might have on the rest of us.

A lady at my bank told me recently that the majority of their customers have less than $2,000 in their...

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Where There's a Will...

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Hands up those who haven't written a will or updated your old one to reflect a new spouse or live-in partner? Well, I'm here to tell you that you may, erm, live to regret it, especially if you have property or children. And by property, I mean intellectual property as...

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The South Pacific: Cruising Fiji With Family

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 5:15 PM

I've just returned from an unforgettable family vacation in Fiji with my sister, my woman child and my sister's six-year-old daughter. There is so much to love about this place but for us, a trip aboard the Tui Tai made for the adventure of a lifetime. It's a cruise...

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