Maryann Ridini Spencer Biography

Maryann receives NAWBO’s “Visionary of the Year” BRAVO Award

A Passion for Writing & Inspirational Content Creation

As an award-winning screenwriter, producer, author, lifestyle journalist, recipe developer & chef, TV host, and business owner, Maryann is committed to writing and producing content and product that inspires, entertains, educates, and uplifts.

Television and Movie Screenwriter & Producer

A member of the Writers Guild West and Producers Guild of America, Maryann is celebrated for co-producing/writing the award-winning movie, “The Lost Valentine,” starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.  The movie, a critically-acclaimed, ratings hit from Hallmark Hall of Fame (in Association with Ridini Entertainment Corporation based on the novel of the same name by James Michael Pratt), premiered Sunday, January 30, 2011, on CBS-TV (9:00 pm ET/PT) to over 15 million viewers.  It held its position for five years as being CBS-TV’s highest rated movie, and at the time of its premiere, it was Hallmark’s highest rated movie in four years. Since it’s debut, it has since become one of Hallmark’s classic, most beloved movies, and is now a part of Hallmark’s Gold Crown Collector’s Edition. The movie also airs regularly on The Hallmark Channel.  Read more about “The Lost Valentine.”

From Left to Right: Betty White, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sean Faris in “The Lost Valentine”

A sampling of Maryann’s numerous writing and/or producing  credits  for television and foreign theatrical distribution include Cable News Network (“People Now” and “The Mike Douglas Show”), USA Networks (“Alive & Well”), SyFy Channel (MOWs), Showtime Networks (“Roger Corman Presents” movie series), and The Movie Channel (MOWs).

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Maryann’s first novel, “Lady in the Window,” (May 2017, SelectBooks), WINNER of the 2017 Best Book Award (Fiction: Romance Category), is available in hardcover or eBook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.  Her sequel novel, “The Paradise Table,” will be published in 2018.

TV Host, Cookbook Author, Food & Lifestyle Journalist with a Sustainable Mind-Set


Growing up on the East Coast in a large, close-knit Italian-Irish family, Maryann developed a love for cooking and entertaining at an early age. This passion preparing healthy dishes and memorable dining experiences for family and friends led her to start developing recipes, and eventually, to write and produce TV cooking segments for entertainment and lifestyle series on Cable News Network and USA Network, as well as work as a print food and lifestyle writer.

In 2010, Maryann created the concept for a show she also produces and hosts, “Simply Delicious Living with Maryann®,” an award-winning healthy living cooking series  (and cookbook) seen on PBS Television (KVCR-TV in Southern California, DirectTV, Dish Network, Roku, and YouTube) with a text and video column that runs in the online edition of the Ventura County Star (part of the Gannett /USA Today Network, Search: Simply Delicious at

Additionally, Maryann is the creator, producer, writer, and reporter of, “Sustainable Ventura News,” an award-winning environmental news program broadcast on local television in Ventura, as well as on the news and lifestyle pages at Ventura County Star (Search: “Sustainable Ventura”). “Simply Delicious Living” and “Sustainable Ventura” also run as radio shows on KPPQ 104.1 FM in Ventura County, Ca.

Maryann has worked as a freelance journalist throughout her career contributing to a variety of national and regional newspapers and magazines. Her primary beats cover Writing (screenwriting, novels, cookbooks, TV/Print Journalism), Food/Epicurean, Sustainable Living, Healthy Lifestyles and Joyous Living, Home and Family, PR and Marketing, Business and Women’s InterestA sampling of her credits includes Ventura County Star (Video Reporter and Print Columnist), Palm Springs Life Magazine (Food Editor/Writer), Los Angeles Magazine, Desert Magazine, Totally Local VC, Soap Opera Digest, Hi-Def, Women in Film Publications, and many others including her award-winning healthy living blog Simply Delicious Living at:

Through her work as a food and lifestyle journalist and creator and host of “Simply Delicious Living,” Maryann also works as a consultant, recipe developer, and food stylist. A sampling of clients has included Jarlsberg USA, Woolwich Dairy, Garlic Gold, Beanitos, Spice-Topia, and many others.

Public Speaking & Lectures


Maryann also lectures on a variety of topics including Food/Epicurean, Sustainable Living, Health and Wellness, Writing, TV and Film Production, PR and Marketing, and Women’s Issues. Find out more about Maryann’s professional experience, here.

Maryann lives with her husband, Dr. Christopher Scott Spencer,  between Southern California and Hawaii. Find out more about The Spencer Farm.

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