Born in Brooklyn in 1962, Claudia Shear (an American actress and playwright) gained notoriety with her 1994 autobiographical play entitled Blown Sideways Through Life. In 2000, she followed-up with the critically acclaimed Dirty Blonde. A member of the Sundance Screenwriters Lap and the Dramatists Guild, she continues to work with and support the New York Theatre Workshop. Shear’s acting credits include Broadway credits Smell of the Kill (2002) and Dirty Blonde. Some Film/TV credits include It Could Happen to You (1994) and Living Out Loud (1998).