|Born||Marie Harriet Brenner
1949 (age 68–69)
San Antonio, Texas
|Occupation||Author, investigative journalist|
(m. 1979–1984; div.)
Ernest Harold Pomerantz
|Relatives||Anita Brenner (aunt)|
Marie Brenner (born 1949) is an American author, investigative journalist and writer-at-large for Vanity Fair. She has also written for New York, The New Yorker and the Boston Herald and has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her Vanity Fair article on tobacco insider Jeffrey Wigand, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", inspired the 1999 movie The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.
Her father was chairman of Solo Serve Corporation, a chain of Texas discount stores started by her grandfather Isidor Brenner, who emigrated from Mexico to Texas during the Mexican Revolution. The grandfather, was born in the Baltic duchy of Kurland in 1872 and came through the Texas port, Galveston, in 1890. The grandmother, Paula, came from Riga, Latvia and Chicago.
She is the niece of Anita Brenner, anthropologist and author of Idols Behind Alters, published in 1929. Anita was a member of the circle of Mexican muralists and artists, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Edward Weston, and Tina Modotti, who flourished in Mexico in the 1920s and was widely credited with helping to introduce their work in the United States. One of the first women to be a regular contributor to The New York Times, Anita Brenner once interviewed Leon Trotsky, the deposed leader of the Russian Revolution and was an authority on Mexico and Latin American affairs.
Brenner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and received a M.A. from New York University Film School. She was the first female baseball columnist covering the American League, traveling with the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Herald during the 1979 season.
Her explosive 1996 article for Vanity Fair on Jeffrey Wigand and the tobacco wars, titled "The Man Who Knew Too Much", was made into the 1999 feature film The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino, and directed by Michael Mann. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Brenner's 2002 Vanity Fair article, "The Enron Wars," delving into the investigation into the Enron scandals, made national news when Senator Peter Fitzgerald used it to question witnesses testifying before a senate committee.
- Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found by Marie Brenner (2008)
- Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women (2000)
- House of Dreams: The Bingham Family of Louisville (1988)
- Intimate Distance (1983)
- Going Hollywood: An Insider's Look at Power and Pretense in the Movie Business (1978)
- Tell Me Everything (1976)
- Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists featuring Marie Brenner. Edited by Nan Cuba and Riley Robinson (Trinity University Press, 2008).
- Panero, James (2008-06-29). "Brother, Who Art Thou?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- "Marie Brenner". Vanity Fair.
- "The George T. Delacorte Center". Columbia University.
- Bennett, Steve. "Memoir traces author's complicated relationship with older brother". San Antonio Express-News.
- Marie Brenner (2008). Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found. New York: Sarah Crichton Books. pp. 99-100 and 104-105. ISBN 9780374173524
- "Anita Brenner: A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers". Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.
- Yabroff, Jennie. "Brothers and Sisters". Newsweek.
- "Marie Brenner Is Married to Ernest H. Pomerantz". The New York Times. 1985-04-15. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- "Press Release: Marie Brenner to Speak at Friends of the libraries' Annual Meeting". Boston University.
- Marie Brenner (1981-08-03). "The Wedding of the Century". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
- "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Vanity Fair.
- The Insider at the Internet Movie Database
- "Enron Executives Testify Before Senate Commerce Committee". CNN.com. 2001-02-07. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- "Marie Brenner: Insider Investigations". Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.
- Kenneth Jones. "Uhry Will Adapt Brenner's Memoir for MTC; Meadow to Direct". Playbill.