Elaine Bernstein Partnow is an author, an actor, a quotologist, an editor, instructor and a public speaker especially noted for her living history portrayals of notable women and for the nationally acclaimed book "The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years" (Facts On File. 6th ed., 2010). A collection of almost 20,000 quotations from 167 nations by over 5,000 women, it has been in print since 1977. Other quotations collections include "The Quotable Jewish Woman" (Jewish Lights, 2004), "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions" (2008), and most recently, "The Little Book of the Spirit for Women" (Sterling, 2010). Among her other works are "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age" (2009), "The Female Dramatist" (1998), and "The MacMillan Book of Photographic Artists and Innovators" (1983).
Elaine has brought some of her dozens of portrayals of fabulous women to tens of thousands of women, men and children internationally at more than 500 venues. She has taught acting at all levels, including challenged children, and directed teenagers in stage plays. She has written, produced and acted in her own one-woman show, "Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection"; and was commissioned to write and perform "Hispanic Women Speak." She has two screenplays and two novels under her belt and continues to write both fiction and nonfiction as well as work as an editor and writing coach.
Elaine teaches a variety of courses in adult extension—from how to get published to public speaking techniques. Included in several editions of "Contemporary Authors," "Who’s Who of American Women" and "Who’s Who in Entertainment," Partnow has been the on-line columnist of “Women of Wisdom” for the award-winning web site, feminist.com.
Elaine currently lives in Los Angeles with her photographer husband and two dogs. She has done volunteer work as an educational interpreter for two park systems, mentored at the schools, and, with her rat terrier, Deva, has made pet therapy visitations. You can find out more about Elaine and contact her at her websites: TheQuotableWoman.com,EditingByElaine.info and ElainePartnow-Actor.com.