An American author of novels and screenplays, she is best known for Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. Her other popular works include The Smile of the Cardboard Man; The Oldest Trick in the World; and Like the Lion's Tooth.
She worked for Salute Magazine and wrote about the aftermath of World War II.
She died in 2005 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, and she briefly attended the University of California-Berkeley.
She wrote a screenplay adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar.