Lawrence J. Quirk is the nephew of James R. Quirk, former editor and publisher of the now-defunct Photoplay magazine. He was an Army sergeant in Korea, a reporter for the Hearst papers, and a film magazine editor and publisher. Quirk has been a film critic, writer, and editor for many publications. Since the 1960s, he has written more than 30 books primarily on movie stars in Hollywood. He has used his knowledge and friendship with Hollywood actors and politicians such as the Kennedys to gain material for his books. Quirk has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Good Morning, New York, and A Current Affair. He was profiled by Patricia Bosworth for the April 1998 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.