|Rebecca Skloot Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||September 19, 1972|
Rebecca Skloot is a well-known American science writer who is best known for her books and articles she wrote on science and medicine. Her work has been so well received worldwide that playwright and film director George C. Wolfe based a film on her best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) that featured the likes of Australian actress Mary Rose Byrne portraying her in the self-titled movie.
Rebecca Lee Skloot
Springfield, Illinois, United States
She divides her time between Oakland, California, and Portland, Oregan.
She attended the Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland, Oregon from where she received her high school diploma.
Later, Rebecca pursued her further studies at Portland Community College.
Thereafter, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from Colorado State University.
She also went on to completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh.
Science Writer, Author
- Father – Floyd Skloot (Poet, Novelist, Memoirist)
- Mother – Betsy McCarthy (Professional Knitter, Pattern Book Author)
- Others – Matthew Coale (Step-Brother), Beverly Hallberg (Step-Mother), Harry Skloot (Paternal Grandfather), Lillian Rosen (Paternal Grandmother)
Rebecca is represented by the Lyceum Agency.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
62 kg or 136.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She has Jewish ancestry.
- Wide smile
- Wears a pair of rectangular reading glasses
Rebecca Skloot Favorite Things
- Lines From Her Book – ”Y’all still reportin’?”
Source – The Open Notebook
Rebecca Skloot Facts
- In 1988, her father Floyd was diagnosed with neurological damage due to a virus that left him disabled. After that, her biological mother Betsy parted ways with him.
- She published her first book titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2010, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Seller list. It was based on the immortal cell line’s also known as HeLa that were found in the cancer cells of an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks.
- Rebecca once stated that she was half “New York Jew” and a half “Midwestern Protestant”.
- In the past, she was appointed as the vice president of the National Book Critics Circle.
- Rebecca has been a tutor for creative writing and journalism at well-known universities such as the University of Pittsburgh, New York University, and the University of Memphis.
- By early May 2020, she had already published more than 200 stories and essays. Most of which had also been featured in notable editorials like The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Discover, and the New York magazine.
- In the past, she had started working as a correspondent for NPR‘s Radiolab and PBS‘s NOVA scienceNOW.
- She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Featured Image By Rebecca Skloot / Instagram