Gavin Lambert was born and educated in England. He graduated at Cheltenham and Oxford.
He coedited the film magazine Sequence with Lindsay Anderson, was the editor of Sight and Sound and wrote film criticism for The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He is the author of four biographies - On Cukor, Norma Shearer, Nazimova and Mainly About Lindsay Anderson - and seven novels, among them, The Slide Area and The Goodbye People.
The big news in Gavin Lambert's memoir Mainly About Lindsay Anderson, is that its author had a love-affair with super-butch Hollywood director Nicholas Ray, whose Rebel Without a Cause featured a dreamy Sal Mineo in love with a sexy James Dean.
His screenplays include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, the Oscar-nominated Sons and Lovers and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. He lives in Los Angeles.
Gavin Lambert became an American citizen in 1964. From 1974 to 1989, he chiefly stayed in Tangier, where he was a close friend of the writer and composer Paul Bowles. He spent the final years of his life in Los Angeles, where he died of pulmonary fibrosis.