Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Name: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Occupation: Historian
Gender: Female
Birth Day: January 4, 1943
Age: 79
Birth Place: Brooklyn, United States
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin was born on January 4, 1943 in Brooklyn, United States (79 years old). Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Historian, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Doris Kearns Goodwinnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


Her historical work about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War years was adapted by playwright Tony Kushner (of 'Angels in America' fame) into the screenplay for the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, 'Lincoln.'

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$10 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

She attended Colby College and Harvard University and subsequently served as a White House Fellow during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. She published her debut, bestselling work, 'Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream,' in 1977.

Biography Timeline


Growing up on Long Island, Goodwin was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. She remembered that her father would have her document the events from the baseball game from the radio and replay the events of the game for him when he returned home. Goodwin stopped following baseball after the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, but later became a Boston Red Sox fan while attending Harvard, and is now a season ticket holder.


Doris Helen Kearns was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Helen Witt (née Miller) and Michael Francis Aloysius Kearns. She has a sister, Jene Kearns. Her paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. She grew up in Rockville Centre, New York where she graduated from South Side High School. She attended Colby College in Maine, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa, and was graduated magna cum laude in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1964 to pursue doctoral studies. In 1968, she earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, with a thesis titled "Prayer and Reapportionment: An Analysis of the Relationship between the Congress and the Court."


In 1967, Kearns went to Washington, D.C. as a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Johnson initially expressed interest in hiring the young intern as his Oval Office assistant, but after an article by Kearns appeared in The New Republic laying out a scenario for Johnson's removal from office over his conduct of the war in Vietnam, she was instead assigned to the Department of Labor; Goodwin has written that she felt relieved to be able to remain in the internship program in any capacity at all. "The president discovered that I had been actively involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement and had written an article entitled, 'How to Dump Lyndon Johnson'. I thought for sure he would kick me out of the program, but instead, he said, 'Oh, bring her down here for a year and if I can't win her over, no one can'." After Johnson decided not to run for reelection, he brought Kearns to the White House as a member of his staff, where she focused on domestic anti-poverty efforts.


After Johnson left office in 1969, Kearns taught government at Harvard for 10 years, including a course on the American presidency. During this period, she also assisted Johnson in drafting his memoirs. Her first book Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which drew upon her conversations with the late president, was published in 1977, becoming a New York Times bestseller and provided a launching pad for her literary career.


In 1975, Kearns married Richard N. Goodwin, who had worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations as an adviser and speechwriter. The two met in mid-1972 at Harvard's Institute of Politics. Richard Goodwin was a widower who had a son, also named Richard, from his first marriage. At the time he and Kearns married, his son was nine years old. The couple, who lived in Concord, Massachusetts, had two sons together, Michael and Joseph. Richard Goodwin died on May 20, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer.


A sports journalist as well, Goodwin was the first female journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979. She consulted on and appeared in Ken Burns's 1994 documentary Baseball.


In 1996, Goodwin received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.


Goodwin received an honorary L.H.D. from Bates College in 1998. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Westfield State College in 2008.


In 2002, The Weekly Standard determined that her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys used without attribution numerous phrases and sentences from three other books: Times to Remember by Rose Kennedy; The Lost Prince by Hank Searl; and Kathleen Kennedy: Her Life and Times by Lynne McTaggart. McTaggart remarked, "If somebody takes a third of somebody's book, which is what happened to me, they are lifting out the heart and guts of somebody else's individual expression." Goodwin had previously reached a "private settlement" with McTaggart over the issue. In an article she wrote for Time magazine, she said, "Though my footnotes repeatedly cited Ms. McTaggart's work, I failed to provide quotation marks for phrases that I had taken verbatim... The larger question for those of us who write history is to understand how citation mistakes can happen." In its analysis of the controversy, Slate magazine criticized Goodwin for the aggrieved tone of her explanation, and suggested Goodwin's worst offense was allowing the plagiarism to remain in future editions of the book even after it was brought to her attention.


In 2014, Kearns won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for The Bully Pulpit. It was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist (History, 2013) and a Christian Science Monitor 15 best nonfiction books (2013).


In 2016, she appeared as herself in the fifth episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke.


In December 2018, she was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promoting her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times.


In 2020, she has been a regular guest on various MSNBC programs as well as on CNN as an expert presidential historian.

Family Life

Doris married political speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin in 1975. The couple became parents to three sons: Richard, Michael, and Joseph.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Doris Kearns Goodwin is 79 years, 11 months and 0 days old. Doris Kearns Goodwin will celebrate 80th birthday on a Wednesday 4th of January 2023. Below we countdown to Doris Kearns Goodwin upcoming birthday.


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