"wendy wasserstein"

Published March 23, 1997


wendy wasserstein, 3/23/97



Wasserstein was a playwright who specialized in detailing women’s identity crises with humor and insight. "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," explained the New York Times in her obituary in 2008. After the success of her Broadway debut, The Heidi Chronicles, which won both the Tony for Best Play, and the Pulitzer for Drama, the 1990s saw two of her plays, The Sisters Rosensweig and American Daughter on Broadway. She also wrote a book, Bachelor Girls in 1990, the screenplay for The Object of My Affection in 1998, and a children’s book, Pamela's First Musical, in 1999. 

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