Lawrence Schiller was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, and grew up outside of San Diego, California. After attending Pepperdine College, he worked for Life Magazine, Paris Match, The Sunday Times, Time, Newsweek, Stern and the Saturday Evening Post as a photojournalist. He published his first book, LSD, in 1966. Since then he has published eleven books, including W. Eugene Smith's Minamata and Norman Mailer's Marilyn. He collaborated with Albert Goldman on Ladies and Gentleman, Lenny Bruce and again with Mailer on The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale.
His own books became New York Times Bestsellers which include American Tragedy, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Cape May Court House, and Into the Mirror. He has directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television which included The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great which won five Emmys.
In 2008, after the death of the writer Norman Mailer, he was named Senior Advisor to the Norman Mailer Estate and is the President and Co-Founder of the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, in Provincetown, MA. Mr. Schiller was a close friend of Mailer and a collaborator on five of Mailer's works.
Mr. Schiller is a consultant to NBC news, Annie Liebovitz Studio and Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas and has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast and other publications.