Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin, an American biographer, historian, sports journalist, and political commentator is best known for writing biographies of U.S. presidents including Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin's book No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War garnered her the Pulitzer Prize for History.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Married to Richard N. Goodwin
Doris Kearns married her longterm partner, Richard N. Goodwin on December 14, 1975, in a ceremony at the Goodwin residence in Lincoln. Around 170 people attended the wedding, including Se. Edward M. Kennedy, Norman Mailer, and Boston Mayor Kevin H. White. They even shared a huge four-tier wedding cake.
The pair's ritual ceremony was performed by Rabbi Summer Z. Kaplan and Rev. Michael Groden. That's not all, the single-ring service further included some quotations from the Bible when it comes to writings by the couple. Richard's son from ex-partner also helped in the proceedings.
Author Doris and her husband Richard first met in the mid-1972 at Harvard's Institute of Politics. After kindling romance for almost two years, they took their relationship to the next level and also went for a honeymoon. Her husband worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administration as an adviser and speechwriter. Kearns and Richard had been the subject of controversy involving a book on the president Lyndon B. Johnson.
Followed by a short collaboration on the book, the two former aides to Johnson dismissed the professional relationship. Speaking of parenting, Doris Kearns is a mother to two children namely Joe Kearns Goodwin, and Michael Kearns Goodwin. The Doris-Richard duo shares a house in Concord, Massachusetts.
It was definitely the first marriage to Kearns but the second to Richard. He was a widower who had a male child Richard Jr. from his past marriage. However, Doris successfully crossed 43 years of togetherness with Richard until he passed away on May 20, 2018, due to cancer.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's Net Worth
Late Richard Goodwin's wife has an estimated net worth of $10 million as of 2020. As an experienced historian, she probably makes $84,520 per annum. Doris earns $56,680 per year which is a basic salary of an American political commentator.
Doris authored and published a number of bestselling books including No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and The American Homefront During World War II.
Doris Kearns Quick Facts
- Doris Kearns Goodwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Rockville Center, New York.
- When it comes to her academic background, Kearns earned her undergraduate degree at Colby College.
- She achieved a doctorate from Harvard University in Government.
- Doris interned in the U.S. Department of Labor. She wrote political commentary for The New Republic. She then worked as a professor at Harvard.
- Doris was accused of plagiarism in 2002 for her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedy that it used some contents from three other books.
- The allegations of plagiarism caused Goodwin to get rid of the Pulitzer Prize Board and her job as a regular host on the PBS NewsHour program.
- Doris Kearns has been a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers.