Freeman, Lucy (1916–2004)

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Freeman, Lucy (1916–2004)

American journalist and novelist. Name variations: Lucy Greenbaum Freeman Becker. Born Lucy Greenbaum, Dec 13, 1916, in New York, NY; died Dec 29, 2004, in the Bronx, NY; dau. of Lawrence S. (lawyer) and Sylvia (Sobel) Greenbaum; was a member of the 1st graduating class at Bennington College; m. William M. Freeman (editor), 1947 (div. 1949); m. Harry J. Becker, 1952.

Pioneered coverage of psychiatry and mental health for the New York Times; hired in 1940, was one of the few women on the Times' reporting staff; published 1st book Fight Against Fears which detailed her own experience in psychoanalysis (1951); wrote 77 books, including mystery novels and memoirs.

See also memoir The Beloved Prison (St. Martin, 1989).