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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

Your Life, Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Twenty five years ago, when I wrote a weekly women's page for my local evening newspaper in the U.K., The Dorset Evening Echo, I was involved in a campaign to raise funds to buy a mammography machine so local women could have access to the latest early breast...

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The New 90!

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Beauty expert Martha Weinstein celebrated her 90th birthday with the official launch of her book, The Stay Young Revolution: How To Transform Fear of Aging Into Confidence of Youth.

Guests enjoyed a Tango demonstration followed by a lesson in this...

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One Man's Quest for Standardized Electronic Health Records

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 4:17 PM

When Joe Kanter was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years ago, he was shocked to discover that no scientific data was available to show which treatment worked best for patients like him.

Kanter, now 90, learned that most doctors' recommendations since Babylonian times were based on anecdotal evidence from doctors'...

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Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:28 PM


Back home in the United States after three weeks helping fight the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Dr. Suzanne Donovan is flying to Nairobi this weekend -- at the invitation of the United Nations -- to speak about Ebola management to representatives from...

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Into Africa to Fight Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:37 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 | 1:18 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 | 5:16 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 | 12:09 PM

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 | 10:29 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 | 4:43 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 | 7:25 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 | 6:52 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 | 12:33 PM

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 | 2:37 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 | 8:00 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 | 12:41 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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A Cure for Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 12:58 PM

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 | 3:49 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 | 12:08 PM

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 | 2:54 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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