Cheryl Guerriero was born and raised in New Jersey by two dysfunctional loving parents and an older sister who once threw a pair of scissors at her head. Thankfully, her sister missed. Guerriero, an athlete since birth, went on to college where she became a National Lacrosse Champion. Upon graduating, her mother insisted she get a job at Prudential Life Insurance company and get married. Guerriero promptly moved to New York City and came out as a writer and a lesbian.
After Guerriero received her first check for writing, her parents got off her back about getting a real job.
In 2006, Guerriero received her first produced screenplay credit with National Lampoon’s Pledge This! Guerriero who was voted “funniest” in high school co-wrote the screenplay with another friend who had been voted “most likely to succeed.” Sadly, the movie was neither funny nor successful. As one kind reviewer noted, “Don’t even bother. It makes you stupid” and “My brain tried to strangle me.”
Guerriero continued on her way receiving various writing assignments and seeing her next original screenplay, Hunting Season, make it from the page to the screen. The second time proved to be a lot better than the first. Hunting Season, a mystery thriller, has aired on HBO/Cinemax, Lifetime and numerous TV channels around the globe.
Third time has proved to be the charm with Guerriero’s original screenplay Palmer. In 2016 Palmer made it onto the prestigious Hollywood Black List. In 2019, Palmer went into production with Academy Award Winner Fisher Stevens directing and Academy Award Nominee Justin Timberlake staring. Sydney Kimmel Global produced the picture and it will be released in 2021.
Guerriero stepped into the publishing world with her debut suspense novel Girl on Point. In 2019, Italian film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis snatched up the movie rights and hired Guerriero to adapt. It is currently slated to go into production in 2021.
In addition to writing, Cheryl also directed and produced the documentary short My Best Kept Secret and was invited onto the Oprah Winfrey Show as a guest to discuss the documentary. It was one of the season’s highest rated segments.
Most recently, Guerriero has been hired by Like Minded Entertainment and Scott Free Productions to adapt the based-on-true-story of Jascon-4, with Mark Kassen directing.
Guerriero lives in Los Angeles and when she isn’t writing she can be found playing poker or feeding her gullet.