Birthday: April 26
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Grew up in: Affton, Missouri (suburb of St. Louis)
Schools: Reavis School, Affton High School, Webster College (now Webster University)
Now lives: Los Angeles, California, USA – for over half of her life
Husband Frank is an actor. Son Walshe graduated from Boston College and the French Culinary Institute. He is buyer for Murray's Cheese in NY and is engaged to a wonderful woman! Stepdaughters Rebecca and Anna are both fabulous artists and designers and are both married (hi, Gary and Toby!). Multi-talented granddaughter Remy is ten and lives in L.A. Betty has one sister, Janet. She worked most of her life at the St. Louis Zoo so I guess she likes animals, too!
Betty is close friends with many hamsters, but she tends to keep dogs as pet. Growing up she had a beautiful dog named Mitzi and a parakeet named Ricky Ricardo. Her long-time family pet, Desi, went to dog heaven after a long and happy life. Betty says she was the smartest dog she ever knew. Betty loves all animals except the stinging, biting kind. She doesn't have a hamster ... but I (Humphrey) live in her heart. Currently, she doesn't have a pet but she has two granddogs, Bodhi and Flash.
English, of course!
Worked in advertising, worked at Disneyland in advertising, the Disney Studios in advertising and wrote over 300 episodes of children's television shows.
Reading (of course), playing piano, cooking, travelling, hanging out with family and friends
Reading, playing piano, roller skating, bike riding, swimming, hanging out with friends
Favorite place to visit:
England and Scotland
Pasta, salads, raw veggies (really – just like a hamster), salty, crunchy things
The Princess and the Peabodys, which is available in the UK; The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, which is popular in the US. She previously wrote a lot of Disney books and two picture books, Tyrannosaurus Tex and Pie's in the Oven. She's written over 50 books in all. See the list.
At age seven, Betty knew that she wanted to write books. She wrote a story called Teddy Bear in the Woods, made chapters, drew pictures, stapled it together and gave it to her parents and announced, "I'm going to be a writer." She never changed her mind.