Birmingham, Stephen

Born: May 28, 1932
Died: November 15, 2015

Ohio connection: Former Resident


Stephen Birmingham was born in 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Thomas and Editha (Gardner) Birmingham. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1953, and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 with whom he had three children. Birmingham had a great interest in the upper classes, and authored numerous books about the wealthy, sometimes characterizing race, national origin, or even locale. He wrote biographies of prominent people such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and novelist John Marquand. Birmingham also wrote several novels. He is perhaps best known for a controversial study of the African-American upper class, Certain People; and for a trilogy of books on American Jews: Our CrowdThe Grandees: America`s Sephardic Elite; and The Rest of Us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews. Some of Birmingham`s other non-fiction titles are California RichThe Grandes Dames; and Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address. Some of his novels include: The Auerbach WillThe LeBaron Secret, Shades of Fortune, and The Rothman Scandal.

Stephen Birmingham also taught writing at the University of Cincinnati. He died of lung cancer on November 15, 2015 in New York City.