Amanda Mackenzie Stuart was born in Edinburgh in 1954. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she spent the first part of her career as a scientific filmmaker before joining Renegade Films in 1992. Screenwriting projects include a television mini-series adapted from Divided Loyalties by Janet Teissier du Cros and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Her musical biography of Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields was produced by HMR Productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999 starring singer Morag Maclaren. She also co-wrote and co-produced Khaled El Hagar’s Room to Rent released in 2000, starring Rupert Graves, Juliette Lewis and Anna Massey. She is the author of Consuelo and Alva: Love and Power in the Gilded Age (HarperCollins 2005), a double biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan (married to the 9th Duke of Marlborough from 1895 to 1921) and Consuelo’s extraordinary mother Alva.
Books by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart