2628Spotlight on: 'Crystal McCrary Anthony'
- Mar 11, 2007Crystal McCrary Anthony
Author, Lawyer, Executive Producer for Film and TV
While she was a young Associate in Entertainment
Law at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison,
Crystal McCrary Anthony had an unfinished
novel stashed in her desk drawer.
She'd work on it late at night or on
weekends, never showing it to anybody.
"There are 10 lawyers in my family.
I always knew law was an option,"
says Ms. McCrary Anthony.
"But being a writer?
I wasn't so sure."
So she represented authors and playwrights
in their contract negotiations, secretly
thinking she'd rather be a client.
In 1997, she finally quit law
to become a full-time writer.
Her first novel, Homecourt Advantage--
about the wives and girlfriends of NBA
stars--became a New York Times best seller.
She'd had a bird's-eye view of the subject, since
she was married to basketball player Greg Anthony.
After her divorce, the mother of two shifted into
high gear, landing appearances on CNN, Court
TV and Fox News Channel as a legal analyst
during high-profile NBA adultery cases.
"I knew I wanted to go from author to
on-air personality to movie producer,"
Ms. McCrary Anthony says.
"You need to diversify."
"She's a baby mogul in training, no doubt about it,"
says Nathan Hale Williams, president of
production company In-Hale Entertainment
and Ms. McCrary Anthony's producing partner.
Ms. McCrary Anthony unabashedly admits that
she hopes to have her own talk show one day.
"It's all in the master plan," she says.