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Name  Blossom Elfman

Role  Novelist
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Spouse  Milton Elfman (m. 1948–2001)
Children  Danny Elfman, Richard Elfman
Books  The girls of Huntington House, The sister act
Grandchildren  Bodhi Elfman, Mali Elfman, Louis Elfman, Oliver Elfman, Lola Elfman
Great grandchildren  Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman, Story Elias Elfman
Similar People  Danny Elfman, Richard Elfman, Mali Elfman, Bodhi Elfman, Bridget Fonda

Clare "Blossom" Elfman (née Bernstein; 4 November 1925 – 10 April 2017) was an American novelist.


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She was married to Milton Elfman (1915-2001), for 53 years until his death in 2001. Milton was an elementary school teacher and he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Blossom and Milton had two children together: writer, director and publisher Richard Elfman, and musician and composer Danny Elfman. Blossom’s family includes Richard’s son, actor/producer, Bodhi Elfman and his wife, actress Jenna Elfman (noted as Dharma in TV series Dharma and Greg). Danny Elfman is married to actress Bridget Fonda and his daughter (by earlier marriage), Mali Elfman, is an actress and film producer. Blossom was step-mother to Judith Faye Elfman, a daughter by Milton's first marriage.


Elfman, writing under "Clare Elfman", was senior literary editor of Buzzine, owned and operated by Richard Elfman and Louis Elfman. She also wrote theater and book reviews and did interviews, including with author Salman Rushdie and many others.

Adaptations of Novels

Adaptations of Elfman novels The Girls of Huntington House was produced as a film and I Think I'm Having a Baby received an Emmy as a television movie.

Elfman was adapting and producing her most recent novel, The Case of the Pederast's Wife, about the wife of Oscar Wilde, as a stage musical. She was adapting her historical-fiction novel, Strawberry Fields of Heaven, about the sexual experimentation of the 19th-century Oneida Community, as a screenplay to be produced as a motion picture.


  • The Girls of Huntington House won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults Award in 1972
  • A House for Jonnie O. won the ALA Best Book for Young Adults Award in 1977
  • CBS Afternoon Playhouse: I think I'm Having a Baby won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming
  • References

    Blossom Elfman Wikipedia

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