Lesley Stahl Highlights an Author Who Always Makes Her Laugh

It started with a car ride

A one-time marketing president for Columbia Tri-Star.
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It’s fun to peruse New York Times chats with famous personalities about their favorite books, even more so when summer beach-reading season is just around the corner.

A few weeks ago, for T magazine, actor Viggo Mortensen ran down some very heady choices. Now it is the turn of veteran CBS reporter Lesley Stahl. When asked to name the last book that made her laugh, she cited a 2003 legal thriller debut:

“David Rosenfelt’s Open and Shut, featuring his lawyer and dog lover Andy Carpenter, who is hilarious. On a long car ride a few years ago my husband [Aaron Latham] put on one of Rosenfelt’s audiobooks. I was bent over laughing the whole ride … and have been addicted ever since.”

That’s Rosenfeld, pictured. Dogs have figured prominently in some of his other, subsequent books as well. No surprise there: in his bio, it says that he lives in Southern California with his wife and… 27 dogs.

Before becoming an author, Rosenfelt served as the president of marketing for Tri-Star Pictures. He is a native of Paterson, N.J. and an alum of NYU. In that aforementioned bio, Rosenfelt also frames the start of his post-NYU career with a wink: ‘I was stunningly brilliant at a job interview with my uncle, who was President of United Artists, and was immediately hired.’

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.