Born in the Netherlands, educated at Collegiate School, New York, music major at the High School of Music & Art, New York, Theatre Arts major at Columbia University U.S. Army veteran Tenth Mountain Division army of occupation Germany during the Korean War, married Barbara, the most beautiful woman at CBS, has two super sons.
He has been a teen actor on live TV, voice-over narrator, stage and film producer-director, award-winning cinematographer, screenwriter, sound and music editor, co-author and best-selling novelist and head of film production at the Strauss Motion Picture Group, New York’s premier boutique film organization.
His film work has taken him to locations in Hong Kong, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, England, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Colombia, Mexico, Iceland, Switzerland, Greece, Canada, aboard a nuclear carrier in the Pacific and to cities throughout the U.S.
Languages: English, Dutch, French and German.
Publishing and Filmography
Michael J. Laurence is a multiple Emmy–winning writer-producer-director, former story-analyst with NBC Programming, staff writer at CBS, sole writer of 62 documentaries anchored by Harry Reasoner. His general broadcast assignments included scripting two seasons of the Tony Awards writing special material for Bobby Morse, Helen Hayes, Robert Preston, Ray Bolger, Albert Dekker and others.
wrote and produced the nationally released Anti-Vietnam
Debate for PBS.
was the writer-producer at ABC of “FOR
ALL THE WORLD’S CHILDREN,” and
international best-selling co-author with Airline Captain Thomas
G. Foxworth of the novel, “PASSENGERS
– A Novel of Corporate Greed” published
by Doubleday, Granada, Collins, Bart – contracted for
theatrical feature development by Warner Bros., Harold Schneider,
producer. Reviewed by PUBLISHERS
a “tour de force aviation novel, surely one of the most
gripping ever written...readers here will want to fasten seat
belts and keep them fastened...to a shattering climax,”
“high adventure at its best...with a host of well-developed
characters. Recommended,” by PLAYBOY as
Shestak in the OMAHA WORLD HERALD:
“You can’t go wrong with this engrossing,
frighteningly realistic novel of airlines, aircraft manufacturing
and the Washington officials who are supposed to be regulating
them. PASSENGERS reflects
the dramatic and technical expertise of its writers (and) offers
some of the best flying passages I have read in a long time. The
novel’s opening sequence is a near classic of aviation
writing,” NEWSDAY as
“unnervingly authentic” and byErnest
K. Gann, author of “FATE IS THE HUNTER” as
“a rough, tough, gorilla of a book.”
appeared on 56 radio and TV interview programs including Oprah
and the BBC World Service to promote the book.
most recent work (2011), is a major art book, “THE
GIRL WHO DRAWS LIKE RAPHAEL” on
the life and art of Clara
best known woman artist of the 1920s and 30s whose works, now at
The Tate collection and the British Museum, were compared to
those of Raphael, Rembrandt, Hals and da Vinci. Review
in part by Ori Soltes, Georgetown University: "This is one
of those volumes that doesn't leave your mind for a long time -
and when it does it keeps coming back. It combines the exquisite
visual components that are the drawing and painting of Clara
Klinghoffer - with a graceful text...This splendid work raises -
at first by implication and at the end explicitly - the
overly-long struggle within the art world, for both artists and
critics, to become comfortable with a dynamic tension in great
art between its universalism and the particularism every artist
brings to his or her work..."
has also completed (2011) the screenplays of “PASSENGERS” and
CHAMPIONSHIP PLACE” on
the pre/ post ring face-offs between Smokin’
Joe Frazier and Muhammad
World War II documentaries written and directed by him and
produced by Hunter Low include “THE
BATTLE AT ST. VITH” with
General Baron Hasso Von Manteuffel, his opposite number, Lt.
General Bruce Clark and General Anthony “Nuts”
McAuliffe and German Generals Siegfried Westphal and Gunther
BRIDGE AT REMAGEN ,” “THE
Eli Wallach on the Eighth Air Force’s B-17 daylight raids
on the Ploesti Oil Refineries and the ball-bearing works at
the story of the Tenth Mountain Division’s assaults on
Monte Belvedere and Riva Ridge in Italy – with the men of
the Division and their Commanding General, George P. Hayes and
German General Hans Georg Hildebrandt.
independent films, which he wrote, produced and directed through
his company, Cinema 70, Inc., include “QUARTET” -
Four short stories set in overseas locations on the vagaries of
Ben Gazzara (NBC), “JAIL
– YOUNG. BUSTED AND TRAPPED,” (NBC), “DAREDEVILS
AND DREAMERS.” (PBS)
– sixty minutes on the surviving barnstormers brought back
for one last flight (one instructing aerobatics in a Navy fighter
trainer at eighty five),“
DISTANT SHORES,” (PBS)
with James Whitmore, Laurence’s original drama, “A
HOUSE IN THE WOODS” (ABC)
starring Maria Schell, Stuart Whitman and Scott Baio, “THE
PUBLIC WILL” with
Hal Holbrook, "THE
EAGLE HAS LANDED,” and
the best-selling release,
His special film projects produced for the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum can be seen at that facility.
His work is represented in the Broadcast Museum.
is a popular university guest lecturer on News Journalism and
Advanced Motion Picture Production.
film festival recognitions and awards include six Emmy
nominations, three EMMYs, six Cine Golden Eagles, The Inforfilm
International Grand Prix, two Gold at The International Film &
TV Festival, The City of New York’s Special Award for
Distinguished and Exceptional Production, two Chris Awards and
the American Film and Video Festival Blue Ribbon.
past and present professional memberships include The Authors
Guild, The Writers Guild of America, East, (AFTRA) American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists, The National Academy
of TV Arts and Sciences, The Early Flyers, The Aviation/Space
Writers Association, The Society of Motion Picture and Television
He has been represented by the William Morris Agency, ICM and Fraser and Dunlop (now PFD) in London.
Barbara and Michael Laurence
Whitman and Scott Baio
Upcoming sixth edition
"The Battle at St. Vith"
"Jail - Young, Busted and Trapped"
"Dreams of Distant Shores"
© 2011 Michael J. Laurence. All Rights Reserved.