Daughter of John Vincent Coulter, born ca 1928, attorney for Phelps Dodge, and wife Nell Husbands Martin, born in Paducah, Kentucky, 23 February 1928 and married in Stuyvesant, New York, 30 September 1953.
Honors graduate from Cornell University School of Arts and Sciences (Class of 1984) and received her J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.
First came to prominence with the publication of the book "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", which was a best-seller in 1998. That led to her now-familiar appearances as a guest on many conservative television talk shows and her many appearances as a guest or guest host of most of the country's right-wing radio talk shows. Two subsequent books, "Slander" and "Treason", have also been best-sellers.
The character Ainsley Hayes, from "The West Wing" (1999), is partially based on her.
She was named one of the top 100 Public Intellectuals by federal judge Richard A. Posner in 2001. Posner, an appointee of Republican president Ronald Reagan, provoked outrage in the legal community in 1999 when, in an article in Raritan magazine, he contended that "the rule of law is an accidental and dispensable element of legal ideology", and caused another stir in an article that put forth the argument that buying and selling babies on the free market would lead to better outcomes than the present situation of government-regulated adoption.
Was good friends with the late Barbara Olson, a fellow lawyer and author who perished on Sep. 11, 2001, on an airplane that terrorists flew into the Pentagon.
During the Q&A session of her lecture at the University of Arizona in October 2004, two pie-wielding pranksters ran up to her and threw their pies, but she very quickly ran off the stage and the pies missed her. In a column written several months after the incident, she fumed, "Fortunately, liberals not only argue like liberals, they also throw like girls.".
Moved to Palm Beach, Florida in 2005 where one of her neighbors is best-selling novelist James Patterson.