Marie Brenner joined Vanity Fair as a special correspondent in 1984, left in 1992 to become a staff writer at The New Yorker, and then returned to the magazine in 1995 as writer-at-large. Brenner began her career as a story editor for Paramount Pictures’ East Coast offices. She has served as a contributing editor at New York magazine, and has worked as a freelance foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East and Europe. Brenner became the first female baseball columnist covering the American League, traveling with the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Herald during the 1979 season. Her explosive article on Jeffrey Wigand and the tobacco wars was made into the feature film The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. Brenner is the recipient of five Front Page Awards and is the author of five books, including Great Dames: What I Learned from Older Women and the best-selling House of Dreams: The Bingham Family of Louisville. Sugarland, a movie based on Brenner’ s February 2001 Vanity Fair article, “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar,” is currently being developed by Robert De Niro and Tribeca Productions.