Once upon a time I spent 6-months in a cage with two baby orangutans at the LA Zoo. This is true, but has nothing to do with my professional career. Read on!
Before graduating from university, New Yorker Beth began acting professionally at age 12, coming to prominence as part of the award-winning LaMaMa Troupe, led by Tom O'Horgan and Ellen Stewart. They invited Beth and her Scottish husband Peter Reid to co-found the Troupe's UK branch, touring throughout Europe. Her successful solo career in films & television includes featured roles in Woody Allen's Love & Death; Tales of the Unexpected; Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy; and hit series Rock Follies.
Acting segued into media journalism as London Editor of Film Journal International; writing fiction & plays; being appointed BBC-TV development executive; & working as exec producer of corporate websites for an international webhouse.
In 2002 Intellect Publishing brought out her book The Net Effect, a socio-cultural account of the internet, with a foreword by David Lord Puttnam.
Resident Aliens: stories of NYC in the 1960s was her first solo collection of short fiction, published in 2013, followed the next year by Drama Queen, a collection of original scripts and screenplays.
In April 2016 Beth published her autobiography Walking On My Hands: how I learned to take responsibility for my life with the help of Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Greta Garbo, Harvey Milk, Idi Amin, Guy the Gorilla, & Frank Sinatra among others. Its foreword is by Shane Connaughton, award-winning novelist and screenwriter of My Left Foot.
Later that year she published Settling Beyond The Pale, her 2nd collection of short fiction. In October 2017 she published, Feeding the Twins, a magical realism take on the horror genre.
ScreenSaver! was Beth's first published novel, a rom-com with a fantasy twist. Her second novel Becca’s Providing explores themes of identity, love, and how our human family solves the problems we all face.
At the tail end of 2019 Beth published Painted Ladies: a kaleidoscope of stories, her 3rd collection of short fiction, each story inspired by classic paintings of women through the ages.