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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 July 1948New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameGarretson Beekman Trudeau

Mini Bio (1)

Garry Trudeau was born on July 21, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Garretson Beekman Trudeau. He is a writer and producer, known for Alpha House (2013), A Doonesbury Special (1977) and Tanner '88 (1988). He has been married to Jane Pauley since June 14, 1980. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Jane Pauley (14 June 1980 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Drawing prominent politicians represented by icons

Trivia (19)

Brother of journalist Michelle Trudeau.
Creator, writer and artist of the comic strip "Doonesbury".
He is the first major comic strip artist to put his strip on hiatus for a period of time before returning.
His comic strip "Doonesbury" was the first daily comic strip ever to win a Pulitzer Prize for Best Editorial Cartoon (1975) [Before then, the prize was given only to "single panel" editorial cartoonists].
Distantly related to former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau through a common ascendant exiled from France a few centuries ago. He made a reference to his distant cousin in his October 16, 1974 cartoon strip (the week's theme was President Gerald Ford's pardon for draft dodgers in Canada).
Children with wife Jane Pauley: twins Ross and Rachel (born in 1983), and Thomas (born in 1986).
In the late 1960s, he attended Yale University along with future U.S. President George W. Bush and both served on the same dormitory social committee together. Another fellow student was 'Lanny J. Davis (I)'.
Was the subject of controversy over his reference to U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice as "brown sugar," a derogatory term aimed at African American women, in the April 7, 2004 edition of his comic strip.
Modeled his "Doonesbury" comic strip character "Duke" after journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
His "Doonesbury" comic strip character "Lacey Davenport" was modeled after New Jersey Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick.
Was once thought to be the author of the book, Primary Colors.
Wrote the introduction to Bill Watterson's first collection of "Calvin & Hobbes" cartoons.
Once produced a series of strips mocking the anti-abortion movement, but was pressured not to run them due to their inflammatory nature. They were later printed in The New Republic magazine.
Has an artist's studio in the East 70's in Manhattan.
He has made the cover of nine major magazines, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones. In some cases his art has been on the cover itself.
The walls of his studio are covered with original classic comic art -- Saul Steinberg, Jeff MacNelly, George Herriman's "Krazy Kat" and Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo in Slumberland".
Trudeau's great-great-grandfather, James de Berty Trudeau, was a friend of John James Audubon, for whom he shot birds.
Unwinds by watching bad movies with several friends in the style of MST3K.
Brother-in-law of Ann Pauley.

Personal Quotes (5)

The most difficult character for me is Zonker. He's much more of a free spirit than I am.
America is the only country in the world where failing to publicize yourself is considered arrogant.
Having a successful daily comic strip is the closest thing to tenure that popular culture offers. But it doesn't seem to have freed up creativity any more than tenure for professors has. It's been an open invitation for complacency.
When I talk to wounded veterans, I usually don't ask them what they think the mission was. I don't presume, because their lives are wrenching enough without the suggestion that their sacrifices may have been without meaning. Moreover, if that is so, it will become apparent to them soon enough . . . The young men and women who we've repeatedly put in harm's way are paying the price for this misbegotten mission, and as long as it continues, I, like so many of our countrymen, must walk this strange line between hating the war but honoring the warrior. I don't know how long we can keep it up. . .
"I think he is smart but willfully ignorant, and he uses his ignorance for strategic advantage, which is appalling. He substitutes belief for thought. It protects you from self-doubt" -- Trudeau's opinion of President George W. Bush.

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