About Doris Helen Goodwin (Kearns)
Historian and author.
Has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Political Science. She is one of our country's foremost Presidential historians. She and her husband have three sons. Besides her love for politics, she has been a major baseball fan since her childhood. She is a big Boston Red Sox fan. As a child, she began writing about baseball games for her father. She is also a Harvard Professor of Government. Her husband, Richard N. Goodwin, worked as a presidential speechwriter. They live in Boston.
Historian and author, she also serves as professor at Harvard where she earned her Ph.D. in political science. Is one of country's foremost presidential historians. She and her husband Dick, a famous speechwriter in Kennedy and Johnson administrations, have three sons. Besides her love for politics, is a major Boston Red Sox fan since childhood. As a child, she began writing about baseball games for her father. They live in Boston.
Winner of 1995 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for book "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II."
Received the 2006 Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement from the Lincoln Forum.
In 1999, she was consulted by Steven Spielberg as part of his research about a film he wanted to make about Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin revealed that she was working on a book, entitled "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln". Spielberg immediately expressed interest in using this book as the basis for his film, and Dreamworks Pictures finalized the film rights in 2001. The book itself was not published until 2005.
Favorite songs: "Don't Be Cruel" & "Smoke Gets Your Eyes" by Elvis Presley; "Blowing in the Wind" by Peter Yarrow, N. Paul Stookey and Mary Travers (aka Peter, Paul and Mary); "Moondance" by Van Morrison.
Former assistant to President Lyndon Johnson.
Mother of Michael Goodwin and Joseph Kearns Goodwin; Mother-in-law of Victoria Anne Bonney Goodwin.