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Elaine Bernstein Partnow is an author, an actor, a quotologist, an editor, instructor and a public speaker especially noted for her living history portrayals of notable women and for the nationally acclaimed book The Quotable Woman, The First 5,000 Years (Facts On File. 6th ed., 2010). A collection of almost 20,000 quotations from 167 nations by over 5,000 women, it has been in print since 1977.  Other quotations collections include The Quotable Jewish Woman (Jewish Lights, 2004), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions (2008), and most recently, The Little Book of the Spirit for Women (Sterling, 2010).  Among her other works are The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your True Age (2009), The Female Dramatist (1998), Everyday Speaking for all Occasions for Women (1998), and The MacMillan Book of Photographic Artists and Innovators (1983). You can find out more about Elaine’s books at www.TheQuotableWoman.com.

Elaine has brought some of her dozens of portrayals of fabulous women to tens of thousands of women, men and children internationally at more than 500 venues.  She has taught acting at all levels, including challenged children, and directed teenagers in stage plays.  She has written, produced and acted in her own one-woman show, Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection; and was commissioned to write and perform Hispanic Women Speak.  

Elaine Partnow

Author-Actor-Performance Speaker

She has a screenplay and two novels under her belt and continues to write fiction and nonfiction as well as work as an editor and writing coach. Several of her editing clients have been published; you can discover more about Elaine’s editing services at www.EditingByElaine.info.

Elaine is also actively engaged in the entertainment industry, and has appeared in commercials, music videos, films and TV. Recently, her leading role in the feature film Slipaway has garnered six Best Actress Awards and another four nominations. She was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Women’s International Television & Film Showcase! You can find out more about her acting career at


Elaine currently lives in Los Angeles with her photographer husband, Turner Browne (www.TurnerBrowne.com).  She has done volunteer work as an educational interpreter for park systems, mentored at the schools, and, with her late rat terrier Deva, has made pet therapy visitations. She trying hard to do the same with her new 4 lb., 2 oz. Chi-hua-hua mix, Obi Wan Kanobe Dobie, the Jedi House Elf.