Charles Fisher Byrne grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, the only son of socialite Grace Thornton and the late Honorable Franz Byrne, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
Charles Byrne attended Princeton for both his graduate and undergraduate studies, and held several honorary degrees.
She currently is a star of and "the voice of reason" on Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York.
Charles Byrne, Sexologist and Writer, Dies at 54by Mark Iocolano, The New York Times Charles Byrne, renowned sexologist and author of the National Book Award–winning Thinker’s Hope, as well as several pivotal studies on sexual norms and morality, died Monday from a head injury incurred at Madison Avenue near 61st Street, according to a statement issued by his longtime publisher, Knopf.
He remained close to Rimmer until his death and credits Rimmer’s teachings on polyamory with influencing most of his own work and life. Byrne took Robert Rimmer’s theories one step further and promoted promiscuity as an ideal state for fostering a stable, family-oriented culture. You may find one or the other in a companion, but never both.” He believed that sexuality is the purest form of artistic expression, a theme that later proliferated in his first book, Thinker’s Hope.He was a minor celebrity, too, appearing on the Today show now and again to explain his evolutionary theories about mating. She was writing a profile piece for Misconstrued, the magazine “for women, like you, who defy definition!” She parked her rented car in the visitors’ section by the admin building and began her stroll toward Singh’s office at approximately ten after nine, weaving through oak trees and sun-dappled shade, her espadrilles marking lines across the dewy green quad. Claire had left the previous day, so Charlie spent the afternoon and night across town with the new publicist at Knopf.Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer.Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he's a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs.At fifty-four, in fact, he bore a passing resemblance to Warren Beatty—in Bugsy, not Reds—and possessed a rough-edged but overpowering charm.He was crafty with words, engaging on many different levels, so that his appeal spread wide.Claire's life with Charlie is an always interesting if not deeply devoted one, until Charlie is struck dead one day on the sidewalk by a falling sculpture ... Once a promising young writer, Claire had buried her ambitions to make room for Charlie's. Over the course of a year, she sees a shrink (or two), visits an oracle, hires a "botanomanist," enjoys an erotic interlude (or ten), eats too little, drinks too much, dates a hockey player, dates a billionaire, dates an actor (not any actor either, but the handsome movie star every woman in the world fantasizes about dating).As she grieves for Charlie and searches for herself, she comes to realize that she has an opportunity to find something bigger than she had beforemaybe even, possibly, love. is a poignant tale of love and loss." Publishers Weekly"One of the richest, most deeply satisfying stories I've read in a long time." Book Page"Carole Radziwill writes like a cross between Sophie Kinsella and Christopher Buckley.Cautiously romantic, unexpectedly moving, and funny! " Susan Sarandon The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating is Carole Radziwill's deliciously smart comedy about a famously widowed young New Yorker hell-bent on recapturing a kind of passionate love she never really had Claire Byrne is a quirky and glamorous 34-year-old Manhattanite and the wife of a famous, slightly older man.