World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Frank Beddor

Article Id: WHEBN0004184798
Reproduction Date:

Title: Frank Beddor  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: The Looking Glass Wars, ArchEnemy, Alice in Wonderland, FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, White Queen (Through the Looking-Glass)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Frank Beddor

Frank Beddor is an American former world champion freestyle skier, film producer, actor, stuntman, and author. He is best known for his work as producer on There's Something About Mary and Wicked[1] and as author of The New York Times best seller[2] The Looking Glass Wars.

Life and career

Beddor grew up in Excelsior in Minnesota. His parents often travelled and by age 12 Beddor already knew how to barefoot-ski.[3] Beddor's father set the world record skiing the length of Mississippi river. Beddor began skiing professionally and in competitions. After winning nationals Beddor was invited to join the Olympic ski team. He went on tour in Europe for competitive skiing.[3] Beddor was World Champion freestyler skier in 1981 and 1982.[1] When Beddor was 23 he retired from skiing and became involved in the entertainment industry.

In 1985 Beddor played John Cusack's skiing stunt double in Better Off Dead.[1] Beddor moved to Los Angeles during this period and studied with acting coach Stella Adler.[3] Part of Adler's method was encouraging her students to write the scene the character is in before stepping onstage. Beddor became frustrated with the lack of good scripts he was being given and began to try producing.[3] His most notable work as a producer was on the 1998 film There's Something About Mary starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller.[1]

However, Beddor found not being the creative force behind projects frustrating and then turned to writing. Beddor spent five years writing The Looking Glass Wars after being inspired by playing cards in the Museum of London.[2] The book was rejected by every major publisher in the US before Beddor was accepted by Egmont Books in the UK.[3]

The Looking Glass Wars became hugely popular and was on The New York Times Bestseller list.[2] The books are a re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's novel Alice in Wonderland. The premise of the novels is that the character of Alice in Alice in Wonderland is real as is the world of Wonderland, but that Carroll rewrote the events and made Wonderland seem childlike and did not reflect the reality of Wonderland.[2]

Beddor has written 2 more books in The Looking Glass Wars series,

External links

  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b c d "Good Morning America w/ Frank Beddor". YouTube. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d e
  4. ^ Steven Horn. "Exclusive Interview: Frank Beddor (Part One of Two) - Movies Feature at IGN". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  5. ^


Beddor also manages Automatic Games and Automatic Publishing.

There has also been a deck of Hatter M playing cards produced with images from the novels. [5]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.