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About Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin May 18, 2012 at 4:42PM

Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He recently completed his 30th season with the long-running television show, Entertainment Tonight. An established author, he is best known for his annual paperback reference, 'Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide'. A perennial best-seller, 'The Guide' has become an indispensable tool for movie lovers and includes over 16,000 film reviews, with ratings and essential facts about each title. In 2005, he introduced a companion volume, 'Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide', which focuses on movies made before 1965, going back to the silent era..


I recently completed my sixth year as Managing Editor and contributor for Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide: The Modern Era. Now this comes as no surprise but, looking back, the journey here was certainly circuitous.  With my Arts and Communications degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder in hand, I arrived in Los Angeles and worked as an actress, while supplementing my artistic income (who didn’t?) through a variety of jobs. Never straying far from the writing and journalism I’d grown to love in college, I designed and edited newsletters, wrote promos, was a regular contributor for Los Angeles publications COSI and the first NO HO Magazine and worked PR for celebrities. Soon I was covering movies and entertainment events for and its then Movie Editor Michael Symanski.  Michael, unbeknownst to him, was not only a mentor, he was an inspiration; someone whose advice and guidance was as meaningful as my later associations with the intrepid Mr. Sidney Poitier and the prolific Leonard Maltin.  There will be more to come, I’m sure. In the meantime, find me in the TV section at, Facebook and on Twitter at @TheTVolution.

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