Jeanne Betancourt

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Jeanne Betancourt
Born (1941-10-02) October 2, 1941 (age 76)
Occupation Author, screenwriter
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University
Notable works Pony Pals
Children Nicole (daughter)

Jeanne Betancourt (born October 2, 1941 in Vermont) is an American author and television script writer best known for her Pony Pals series of books.


Betancourt was born and raised in rural Vermont.[1] She lived across from a dairy farm; this rural setting would later influence many of her works.[2] During her childhood, she never considered being an author. Instead, she wanted to dance, and studied tap dance.[3] When she grew too tall (at five feet, eight inches) to be a Rockette, she decided to become a religious sister in her junior year of high school.[3] After graduating high school, she moved to Rutland, Vermont where she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, a teaching order of sisters.[3]

She earned a Bachelor of Science in 1964 from the College of St. Joseph the Provider[1] and a Master of Arts degree[3] in film from New York University in 1974.[4]Women in Focus, her first published work, focuses on her master's degree project.[3]

Betancourt left the Sisters of Saint Joseph and moved to New York City, where she taught public high school.[3] She married and had a daughter, Nicole.[2] She wrote her first children's book, SMILE! How to cope with braces, in 1982 when her daughter Nicole had braces,[2] and soon became a full-time author.[5] She later divorced.[2]

She currently lives either on the top floor of a sixteen-story building near the American Museum of Natural History in New York City or in her home in Connecticut.[2] In her free time she draws, oil paints, gardens, and reads.[1]


In television, Betancourt has garnered the National Psychological Award for Excellence in the Media, two Humanitas Awards, and six Emmy Award nominations.[2] [6]

Betancourt has also won numerous awards for her novels, including a Children's Choice Award from the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council for Sweet Sixteen and Never... and a Lifetime Achievement Award.[6]

In other works[edit]

A defaced version of Betancourt's novel Detective Pony was featured in the webcomic Homestuck, as a gift given to one of the characters.[7][8] This inspired an extended fan-edit of the book, which featured extensive re-writing of the story and the inclusion of Betancourt as a self-aware character.[9]

Select bibliography[edit]

Note: all retrieved from[2] (a complete bibliography)


  1. ^ a b c "Jeanne Betancourt (1941–) – Personal". Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Jeanne Betancourt". Equitainment. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Jeanne Betancourt (1941–) – Sidelights". Jrank. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jeanne Betancourt". Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jeanne Betancourt (1941–) – Career". Jrank. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Jeanne Betancourt (1941–) – Awards, Honors". Jrank. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
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  9. ^ Works, Organization for Transformative. "Detective Pony - Chapter 1 - sonnetstuck - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 

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