photo: portrait of Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark, the Grand Marshal of the 2011 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

2011 marks the 250th NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Grand Marshal will be Mary Higgins Clark.

Mary Higgins Clark is the world renowned writer and novelist who was born and raised in The Bronx, New York City. She traces her Irish roots to the West of Ireland. Her grandparents emigrated from the Counties of Roscommon, Sligo and Mayo around 1905. Ms. Clark has authored  twenty-nine novels and co-authored five additional novels with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. She is not only active in literary circles, she is also an active participant in Irish and Catholic affairs.

Left a young widow with four children by the death of Warren Clark in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark began to write radio scripts for a living. Her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children?, was published in 1975 and became a bestseller.

Mary Higgins Clark graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1979 from Fordham University where she has also served as a past Trustee. She has received twenty-one honorary doctorates (including one from Fordham in 1998) as well as many other awards.

In 1996, Mary Higgins Clark married John J. Conheeney. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey and have 17 grandchildren.

To learn more about Mary Higgins Clark visit her website here.

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