A.E. Hotchner is the author of 18 books, including Papa Hemingway, the 1966 internationally bestselling biography of his close friend Ernest Hemingway, and the memoir King of the Hill, which was adapted into the 1993 film by Steven Soderbergh. He is co-founder, with Paul Newman, of Newman’s Own Foods, which generates millions of dollars for charities, every year.
Mr. Hotchner was born and raised in St. Louis where he received his LL.B, Doctor of Law, at Washington University. After practicing law for two years, Hotchner entered the Air Force, served with the Anti-Submarine command and emerged four years later a Major.
Hotchner did not return to his practice in St. Louis, but instead settled in New York City, where, as a freelance writer, he wrote more than 300 articles and short stories for such publications as Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest. During the golden days of television, when Playhouse 90 flourished, he wrote a series of distinguished plays, including prize-wining adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “The Killers,” and “The Fifth Column.” He wrote the screenplay for Adventures of a Young Man, which starred Paul Newman.
Hotchner wrote about his long friendship with Hemingway in Papa Hemingway, and the highly acclaimed bestseller was published in 34 countries in 28 different languages. Mr. Hotchner has also written bestselling biographies of Doris Day and Sophia Loren. Two of Hotchner’s several novels, The Man Who Lived at the Ritz, and Looking for Miracles, were dramatized on television, and his memoir of his St. Louis boyhood, King of the Hill, was produced as a feature film. Hotchner also wrote Blown Away, a book about the Sixties and the Rolling Stones; an historical novel, Louisiana Purchase; a World War II memoir, The Day I Fired Alan Ladd; Everyone Comes to Elaine’s; Dear Ernest, Dear Hotch; The Boyhood Memoirs of A.E. Hotchner; and Paul and Me.
Hotchner has also written for the theater. His play, The White House, starring Helen Hayes, was performed on Broadway, and in 1996, was performed in the East Room of the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton and an audience of distinguished guests. In 1993, a musical comedy which Hotchner wrote with Cy Coleman, Welcome to the Club, was also performed on Broadway. In addition, Hotchner wrote A Short Happy Life with Rod Steiger; The Hemingway Hero, which starred Gary Merrill, and Sweet Prince, starring Keir Dullea. A new musical he wrote with composer Cy Coleman, Exactly Like You, was performed at New York’s York theatre in 1999, and Lawyers, Lovers & Lunatics, also written with Coleman, was performed in 2003.
Along with his writing career, Hotch’s accidental business venture with his long-time friend Paul Newman (whose first starring role was in “The Battler,” Hotchner’s first TV play) has turned into one of the country’s surprising success stories. Their “Newman’s Own” products generate millions of dollars of annual profit which is entirely contributed to a long list of deserving charities. One of the beneficiaries is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which they built in Connecticut for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They have sponsored sister camps in Florida, New York State, California, North Carolina, and internationally in France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Hungary, and Africa.
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