Joan Saunders Wixen

Joan Saunders Wixen has interviewed people from all walks of life from Presidents to the Maasai tribe in Africa at a Clitirodectomy Ceremony.

Joan Saunders Wixen is a journalist who has interviewed as many of the most well-known people from the last half century for the print media as possibly anyone in the country today.

She became a writer, she says, because as a child, it was only in her writing could she express herself. It wasn’t until later in life when she was back in Boston visiting the housekeeper who lived in her home who told her that her mother hated her from the day she brought her home from the hospital that her conception of herself began to change.

She describes her mother as the cruelest human being she has ever had contact with in her life. Her father, she says, was so involved with The Mafia, his mistresses and office machine business, the third largest in the country, he had no interest in what was going on at home.

Her mother sent her to USC to get a husband, but when she graduated at 20 without one, she sent her to UCLA to see if she would find one there. Adela Rogers St. Johns, a famous journalist, was one of her instructors, and today she is finishing her memoir, A Friendly Loner, and is dedicating it to her, because it was she who changed her life.

After marrying, having three sons, working as a social worker, probation officer and journalist she had two breast cancers within 14 years that made her aware she no longer could live as the same person she was before, so she stopped doing interviews and learning about other people and started learning more about herself. She describes herself as a college beauty queen who is in the body now of a half-deaf, titless, 85-year- old biddy.

She believes there is a reason for the people and experiences we have in our lives, and our traumas can give us another dimension from people who have had easier lives. She says her traumas made her miserable enough to do things she never would have been able to do had she not had them, and some of us have to go through some craziness before we find our sanity and live being who we are not, before we’re able to be who we are.

published

Newspapers

The Detroit News, W. Coast correspondent Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times, L. A. Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Las Vegas Sun, Parade (Sunday supplement).

Magazines

Family Circle, New Woman, Pageant, Modern Maturity, (AARP)

Syndicates

Universal Press Syndicate, United Features, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Syndicate, N. American Newspaper Alliance, A. Foley Syndicate, New Zealand, Australia.

Academics


USC    B.A.         UCLA    M.S.
Instructor in a course on interviewing for seven years at UCLA

in-depth interviews

BILL COSBY
ROBERT REDFORD
HUGH HEFNER
GEORGE C. SCOTT
ADELLE DAVIS, nutritionist
TRASH MAN AND STREET SWEEPER
CLINT EASTWOOD
MARCEL MARCEAU
MICKEY COHEN,
      czar of the West Coast Underworld
FRED ASTAIRE
ROSIE CASALS, tennis champion
A LEPER AT A LEPER COLONY
NGUYEN CAO KY,
      former premier, Republic of Vietnam
RAY BOLGER
PAUL GANN,
      co-author California Proposition 13
JERRY BROWN,
      Governor of California
RUTH HANDLER, founder Mattel Toys
JOSEPH WAMBAUGH, author
DOM DELUISE
ARMAND HAMMER,
      billionaire industrialist
TELLY SAVALAS
CARL SAGAN
EVEL KNIEVEL ALLEN FUNT,
      originator of Candid Camera
HANS SELYE, M.D.
      the pioneer researcher on how
      stress affects our bodies.
STEPHANIE & CARL SIMONTON, M.D.,
      cancer researchers
      minds and bodies
VINCENT PRICE
BEA ARTHUR
RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN
JACK PALANCE
ALFRED HITCHCOCK
WILLIAM HORNDAY, minister
BERNADETTE PETERS
CARL REINER
McCLEAN STEVENSON, TV actor
SID CAESAR
CARROLL O'CONNOR
GOLDIE HAWN
WARREN BEATTY
ARTHUR FIEDLER, conductor
ROSALYNN CARTER
EDWARD. KOCH, New York Mayor
RABBI EDGAR F. MAGNIN
JIMMY STEWART
MUHAMMAD ALI
IRVING STONE, AUTHOR
ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHNS, journalist
RUDY VALLEE
MAE WEST
DIAHANN CARROLL
ROBERT BLAKE
GEORGE BURNS
HELEN REDDY
DR. ROBERT HUTCHINS
DR. ROBERT LITMAN, suicide expert
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, author
JACQUES COUSTEAU
BILLY JEAN KING, tennis champion
JIMMY CONNORS, tennis champion
CAROL BURNETT
MARGARET MEAD
PETER FALK
NORMAN LEAR
NANCY WALKER, TV actress
DWIGHT STONES, high jump champ
CHARLTON HESTON
WALTER MATTHAU
PETER USTINOV
HENRY FONDA
BETTE DAVIS
MAC DAVIS
MARTY FELDMAN
ERICA JONG, author
MERV GRIFFEN
ELISABETH KUBLER-ROTH M.D.,
      death-dying researcher
ALEX HALEY, author of Roots
SALLY STRUTHERS
LUCILLE BALL
MICKEY ROONEY
ANTHONY NEWLEY
MICHAEL CAINE
BEJAMIN SPOCK, M.D.
DR. ROBERT BUTLER
      gerontologist
NORMAN COUSINS
JULIE ANDREWS
JONAS SALK, M.D.
TONY BENNETT
STEVE ALLEN
ROD STEIGER
F. LEE BAILEY
ALICE COOPER
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON
BOB NEWHART
HELEN HAYES
MURDERER, RAPIST, KIDNAPPER in jail
LORETTA LYNN
JACQUELINE BISSET
GEORGE H.W. BUSH

The Detroit News Sunday Magazine

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