Norman Zierold (1927–2018) was born and raised in southeast Iowa. After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he graduated from Harvard University and earned a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Iowa. Zierold taught English in France, and then moved to New York City, where he worked for Theatre Arts Magazine and SHOW magazine before becoming a full-time writer. His eight books include four histories of Old Hollywood—The Child Stars (1965), The Moguls (1969), Garbo (1970), and Sex Goddesses of the Silent Screen (1973)—and two acclaimed works of true crime—Little Charley Ross (1967) and Three Sisters in Black (1968), an Edgar Award finalist. Zierold’s most recent book, That Reminds Me: A Conversational Memoir, was published in 2013.