Melissa Rayworth

Frequent Associated Press freelancer Melissa Rayworth’s feature stories appear in many newspapers, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. In 2004, she helped launch Life & Style Weekly, serving as associate editor before fleeing the world of celebrity journalism. Before that, she spent three years in Beijing as a writer/actress on the TV series “Modern English” and appeared in two miniseries (including a bizarre turn as a young Margaret Thatcher). In 2002, her play “The Welcoming Committee” made the NY Fringe Festival’s top ten. She’s writing a book about celebrity culture, viewed through the lens of her experiences in China and New York, where she spent the 1990s doing theater and indie films and making blink-and-you-miss-me appearances in soap operas, “Law & Order,” and films such as “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Mickey Blue Eyes.” Melissa lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

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