FACTOID # 14: North Carolina has a larger Native American population than North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
Born: October 18, 1950
Died: January 30, 2006
Occupation: Playwright
Nationality: United States
Influenced: Suzan-Lori Parks

Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950January 30, 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Suzan-Lori Parks (1964 - ) is an African-American playwright and novelist. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Andrew Dickson White in 1885 Andrew Dickson White (November 7, 1832 – November 4, 1918) was an American diplomat, author, and educator, most known as the co-founder of Cornell University. ... Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA. Its two medical campuses are in New York City and in Education City, Qatar. ... A Tony Award for Best Play has been awarded since 1947. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918. ...

Contents

Background

Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn, New York to Morris Wasserstein, a wealthy textile executive, and his wife, Lola Schleifer, an amateur dancer who moved to the United States from Poland when her father was accused of being a spy. Wasserstein was one of four children, including brother Bruce Wasserstein. Her maternal grandfather was Simon Schleifer, a prominent Polish Jewish playwright who moved to Paterson, New Jersey and became a Hebrew school principal. Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... The skyline of Paterson, New Jersey, showing the canyon of the Passaic River in the foreground. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


Wasserstein earned a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York, and an M.F.A. in 1976 from the Yale School of Drama, where her classmates included the future playwright Christopher Durang. In 1990 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mount Holyoke College and in 2002 Wasserstein received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College. Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... The City College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as City College of New York or simply City College, CCNY, or colloquially as City) is a senior college of the City University of New York, in New York City. ... Yale School of Drama traces its roots to the Yale Dramatic Association, the second oldest college theatre association in the country, founded in 1900. ... Christopher Durang (born January 2, 1949) is a contemporary playwright, especially popular in the 1980s, known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy. ... Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... For other uses, see Bates (disambiguation), Bates (surname) Bates College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1855 by abolitionists, located in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. ...


Career

Plays and screenplays

Wasserstein's first production of note was Uncommon Women and Others (her graduate thesis at Yale), a play which reflected her experiences as a student at, and an alumna of, Mount Holyoke College. A full version of the play was produced in 1977 off-Broadway with Glenn Close, Jill Eikenberry, and Swoosie Kurtz playing the lead roles. The play was subsequently produced for PBS with Meryl Streep replacing Close. Uncommon Women and Others (1977), is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ... Yale School of Drama traces its roots to the Yale Dramatic Association, the second oldest college theatre association in the country, founded in 1900. ... Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Jill Eikenberry is an American actress. ... Swoosie Kurtz (born September 6, 1944) is an American actress. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ...


In 1989, she won both the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for her play, The Heidi Chronicles. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ...


Her wry, smart, and often highly comical plays, which explore topics ranging from feminism to family to ethnicity to pop culture, include The Sisters Rosensweig, Isn’t It Romantic, An American Daughter, Old Money, and her most recent work which opened in Fall 2005, Third, [1]. In addition, she wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film, The Object of My Affection that starred Jennifer Aniston. The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ... The Object of My Affection is a movie starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Alan Alda, and others. ...


Personal reflections

The New York Times described Wasserstein as a "chronicler of women's identity crises." As the paper's obituary of the playwright noted, "Her heroines -- intelligent and successful but also riddled with self-doubt -- sought enduring love a little ambivalently, but they did not always find it, and their hard-earned sense of self-worth was often shadowed by the frustrating knowledge that American women's lives continued to be measured by their success at capturing the right man" (Wasserstein commented that her parents only allowed her to go to Yale because they were certain she would meet an eligible lawyer there, get married, and lead a conventional life as a wife and mother). Although appreciative of the critical acclaim for her comedic streak, she described her work as "a political act", wherein sassy dialogue and farcical situations mask deep, resonant truths about intelligent, independent women living in a world still ingrained with traditional roles and expectations. The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


Life and illness

Wasserstein gave birth to a daughter, Lucy Jane Wasserstein, in 1999, when she was 48 years old. The child's difficult birth (three months premature, she weighed less than two pounds and had hyaline membrane disease)[2] was recorded in Wasserstein's collection of essays, Shiksa Goddess (Or How I Spent My Forties). Wasserstein, a single mother, never publicly identified her daughter's father. Lucy Jane was named after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". There are two forms of respiratory distress syndrome: ARDS, which is acute (or adult) respiratory distress syndrome or infant respiratory distress syndrome which is a complication of premature birth. ... Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a song written mainly by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) in 1967, and recorded by the Beatles for their album Sgt. ...


Wasserstein was hospitalized with lymphoma in December, 2005, and died on January 30, 2006, aged 55. The news of Wasserstein's death was unexpected because her illness had not been widely publicized outside the theatre community. The night after she died, Broadway's lights were dimmed in her honor. This article is about lymphoma in humans. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City. ...


She was survived by her mother, two siblings (including businessman Bruce Wasserstein, who became Lucy Jane's guardian), and her daughter. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Works

Plays

The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... Uncommon Women and Others (1977), is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ...

Screenplays

The Object of My Affection is a movie starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, John Pankow, Alan Alda, and others. ...

Books

  • Elements of Style (a novel), 2006 (Knopf).
  • Sloth. New York: Oxford University Press (2005), (ISBN 0-19-516630-2).
  • Shiksa goddess : or, how I spent my forties : essays. New York: Knopf (2001), (ISBN 0-375-41165-8).
  • Bachelor Girls. New York: Knopf, Distributed by Random House (1990), (ISBN 0-394-56199-6).

Articles

The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Awards

1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... A Tony Award for Best Play has been awarded since 1947. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... Begun during the 1949-1950 theater season, the Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on and Off-Broadway. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, established in 1978, is given annually to a woman who deserves recognition for having written a work of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Begun during the 1949-1950 theater season, the Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on and Off-Broadway. ... The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ... The American Theatre Hall of Fame in New York City was founded in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, Gerard Oestreicher, James M. Nederlander, and Arnold Weissberger. ...

References

  • Abcarian, Richard and Marvin Klotz. "Wendy Wasserstein." In Literature: The Human Experience, 9th edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006: 1605.
  • Collins, Ken and Victor Wishna. "Wendy Wasserstein." In In Their Company: Portraits of American Playwrights. New York: Umbrage Editions, 2006: 244.
  • Wasserstein, Wendy. The Heidi Chronicles, Uncommon Women and Others, & Isn't It Romantic. New York: Vintage, 1990.

Obituaries

  • Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Dies at Age 55 - NPR
  • A Writer Remembers Wendy Wasserstein - Washington Post
  • Wendy Wasserstein - Village Voice
  • Playwright Wendy Wasserstein ’71 Dies at Age 55 - Mount Holyoke College
  • Wendy Wasserstein leaves the room - The International Herald Tribune
  • ...a tribute to Wendy Wasserstein - Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal
  • Giggling up Broadway: Wendy Wasserstein, 1950-2006 - Mark Steyn for The New Criterion
  • Remembering Wendy Wasserstein - A Friend's Remembrance.
  • Wendy Wasserstein : 1950 -2006.

NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ... Mark Steyn (born 1959) is a Canadian journalist, columnist, and film and music critic. ... The New Criterion is a New York-based magazine, a journal of art and cultural criticism. ...

External links

  • Literary Encyclopedia
  • Wendy Wasserstein at the Internet Movie Database
  • Antonella Gambotto-Burke's critique of Wendy Wasserstein's Sloth
  • Wendy Wasserstein at the Internet Broadway Database
  • tv.com
  • Photo
  • The Paris Review Interview with Wendy Wasserstein
Persondata
NAME Wasserstein, Wendy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION playwright
DATE OF BIRTH October 18, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
DATE OF DEATH January 30, 2006
PLACE OF DEATH New York, New York, United States of America

  Results from FactBites:
 
Wendy Wasserstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (299 words)
Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 — January 30, 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris Wasserstein, a wealthy textile executive, and his wife, Lola Schliefer, Wasserstein was one of four children.
Wasserstein earned a B.A. in History from Mount Holyoke College in 1971 and an M.F.A. in 1976 from the Yale School of Drama.
Wendy Wasserstein News (721 words)
Wendy Wasserstein, who spoke for a generation of smart, driven but sometimes unsatisfied women in a series of popular plays that included the long-running Pulitzer Prize winner "The Heidi Chronicles," died...
Wendy Wasserstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright with close artistic ties to Seattle, is battling leukemia at a New York hospital, a source said Thursday.
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein is best known for pleasantly packaging feminism for Broadway audiences in her 1989 Pulitzer prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles." In 1993's "The Sisters Rosensweig" the...
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m