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June 20, 2007 |
Lola Wasserstein, 89, an inspiration for many of the characters in the works of her daughter, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, died of natural causes Saturday at her Manhattan apartment, her family said. Lola Wasserstein was a model for the "Isn't It Romantic" character Tasha Blumberg, an untraditional Jewish mother who takes dance classes and wears skirts over black leotards.
February 4, 2006 |
PLAYWRIGHT Wendy Wasserstein's death Monday, at 55, from lymphoma, saddened the theater community, surprised the public and deeply shocked women of a certain time and mind-set in ways we can't quite get our minds around.
February 3, 2006 |
In the first five minutes of "The Heidi Chronicles," the play that won Wendy Wasserstein the 1989 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, a teenage Heidi Holland turns down an invitation to dance with the student council president. Sorry, she says. She can't leave her girlfriend. Women friends and colleagues were crucial to Heidi and to Wasserstein, who died this week at 55 of lymphoma.
January 7, 2005 |
Sloth Wendy Wasserstein Oxford University Press: 114 pp., $17.95 * Everyone likes to talk about sin. Not just the scandalous details of celebrity slip-ups recounted in the tabloids or on cable TV, but the very notion of sin itself. Inspired perhaps by this indisputable fact, the New York Public Library and Oxford University Press co-sponsored a lecture series on the "Seven Deadly Sins" beginning in 2002. Scholars, critics and writers gave lectures that are being issued as neat little books.
September 3, 2004 |
"What's in a name?" a famous bard once wrote. "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." But could someone named Biff ever be president? Could a Gertrude ever become Miss America? And what about the Wendys of the world? Would they feel their name was as integral to their identity if they knew it had been created by an early 20th century writer? In fact, many of them do know that Scottish author Sir J.M.
November 16, 2001 |
Wendy Wasserstein no longer has a to-do list. In the preface to her recently published collection of essays, "Shiksa Goddess," the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright writes: "When I turned 40 I made a To Do list composed mostly of items left over from when I turned 30." It's not that, at 51, Wasserstein has finally "done it all," but she has achieved several of those pesky leftover goals.