Sue Kaufman was born to a Jewish-American family on Long Island in New York. She graduated from Vassar College in 1947, the same year she published her first short story and went to work as assistant fiction editor for Mademoiselle Magazine. In 1953, she married Dr. Jeremiah Barondess, with whom she had a son. She became a freelance fiction writer in 1949, producing articles and short stories for prominent magazines. She also wrote novels under her maiden name, including The Happy Summer Days (1959), Green Holly (1962), The Headshrinker’s Test (1969), Life with Prudence, A Chilling Tale (1974), and Falling Bodies (1974). Her best-known work was Diary of a Mad Housewife (1967) which was made into a film with the same title in 1970. She died at age 50 after a long illness.