Carole Radziwill grew up in upstate New York and earned a BA at Hunter College and an MBA at New York University.She spent more than a decade at ABC News, reporting from around the world, and earned three Emmys.At 22, just out of college, Charlie, as he was known to his friends, was selected by Robert Rimmer to apprentice at the experimental sexuality retreat known as the Sandstone Institute, in Malibu.He remained close to Rimmer until his death and credits Rimmer’s teachings on polyamory with influencing most of his own work and life. Byrne took Robert Rimmer’s theories one step further and promoted promiscuity as an ideal state for fostering a stable, family-oriented culture. You may find one or the other in a companion, but never both.” He believed that sexuality is the purest form of artistic expression, a theme that later proliferated in his first book, Thinker’s Hope.Her husband, Charlie, is a renowned sexologist and writer.Equal parts Alfred Kinsey and Warren Beatty, Charlie is pompous yet charming, supportive yet unfaithful; he's a firm believer that sex and love can't coexist for long, and he does little to hide his affairs.
It contained the seeds of what was to become his most widely known theory, The Opposite of Sex, and launched the career of what is considered one of the preeminent voices in the field of contemporary sexology.
At fifty-four, in fact, he bore a passing resemblance to Warren Beatty—in Bugsy, not Reds—and possessed a rough-edged but overpowering charm.
He was crafty with words, engaging on many different levels, so that his appeal spread wide.
He did not publish a book, however, after his collection of essays, The State of Erection, in 1999, choosing instead to focus on the lecture circuit and talk shows.
He counted among his friends a colorful variety of artists and intellectuals, from the controversial French lettriste Isadore Isou to the American comedian Paul Reubens. Byrne is survived by his mother, Grace, and his wife, Claire Byrne.