- James Grant (journalist)
James Grant (born June 12 in Portland, Oregon) is a former West Coast Bureau Chief of "Life Magazine" and a prominent celebrity journalist.
He began his career at Time/Life in 1983 as a Special Correspondent for "People Magazine" reporting numerous cover stories including two best-selling "Sexiest Man Alive" covers. In 1986, he left "People" joining The Fox Network as a segment producer for "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers". When Rivers was fired, Grant was promoted to co-producer of the show working with several different guest hosts including Arsenio Hall, Mel Brooks and Suzanne Somers.
In 1987, he was named West Coast Bureau Chief of "Life Magazine" based in Los Angeles re-establishing all editorial operations for the magazine in Hollywood. At age 27, he was the youngest "Life" Hollywood Bureau Chief in the history of Time/Life. While at "Life", Grant landed several major exclusives for the magazine including the first interview with Donna Rice following the breaking news of her alleged involvement with then Presidential front-runner Senator Gary Hart. That same year, Grant conducted exclusive interviews with newsmakers Diane Sawyer, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, Jessica Hahn and former Governor Jerry Brown discussing his work with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.
The following year, Grant negotiated and conducted the first ever interview with Lisa Marie Presley. That "Life" cover became one of the magazine's all-time best sellers. He also landed the first interview with Mike Tyson and wife Robin Givens for a top selling "Life" cover done just days after they eloped. In 1989, Grant helped coordinate "Life"'s Special Hollywood Issue overseeing interviews and photo sessions with Bette Davis (in her last photo session), Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Stewart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close and other actors.
In 1990, Grant moved over to "Entertainment Weekly", another Time/Warner publication, under contract writing cover stories and helping to establish the magazine in Hollywood. In 1993, Grant interviewed River Phoenix for the cover of "Detour". The interview turned out to be the actor's last cover story before his overdose a few weeks later. That same year, Grant became a regular contributor to the "Los Angeles Times" doing over a dozen profiles on filmmakers including Will Smith, Forest Whitaker, John Waters, Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck.
In 1995, Grant moved to New York where he wrote cover stories for "Cosmopolitan" including Cindy Crawford's first interview following her divorce from Richard Gere. He also wrote cover stories for "Us Magazine", "Out", "McCalls" and features for "In Style", "Harpers Bazaar", "Good Housekeeping", the "Chicago Tribune" and "Newsday".
As an entertainment commentator, Grant has appeared on "Larry King Live", "Entertainment Tonight", CNN's "Showbiz Today", "CBS News", "The John McLaughlin Report", "E! Network", "A.M. Los Angeles", "Mid-Morning L.A.", "A.M. San Francisco", "People Are Talking", "A.M. Seattle", and "A.M. Northwest". He has also been a frequent guest on radio shows including "The Rick Dees Show" and "The Tom Snyder Show".
Also an established photographer, Grant has photographed over fifty celebrities including Matthew Broderick, Sir Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Rebecca De Mornay, Dylan McDermott, Gloria Reuben, Dennis Haysbert, Pedro Almodovar, Randy Travis and Antonio Sabato Jr. His photography has been published in "People", "Entertainment Weekly", "T.V. Guide", "Max" (Italy) and syndicated worldwide.
He has also served as West Coast Publicity Manager of Orion Pictures and as a Media Consultant to heiress Aileen Getty in helping to bring awareness to Women With AIDS.
Grant is a graduate of the University of Southern California, The Catlin Gabel School and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
He recently completed his first novel, loosely based on his years in Hollywood.
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