By Julie Salamon
The approved biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein.
In Wendy and the misplaced Boys bestselling writer Julie Salamon explores the lifetime of playwright Wendy Wasserstein's such a lot expertly crafted personality: herself. the 1st lady playwright to win a Tony Award, Wendy Wasserstein used to be a Broadway titan. yet along with her excessive- pitched chuckle and unkempt curls, she projected a picture of heat and familiarity. each person knew Wendy Wasserstein. Or notion they did.
Born on October 18, 1950, in Brooklyn, ny, to shine Jewish immigrant mom and dad, Wendy was once the youngest of Lola and Morris Wasserstein's 5 young children. Lola had colossal goals for her young children. they did not disappoint: Sandra, Wendy's glamorous sister, grew to become a excessive- rating company govt at a time while Fortune 500 businesses have been an impenetrable boys membership. Their brother Bruce turned a billionaire megastar of the funding banking international. but in the back of the family's notable luck used to be a fiercely guarded global of non-public tragedies.
Wendy perfected the kin paintings of secrecy whereas cultivating a densely populated internal circle. Her neighbors integrated theater elite comparable to playwright Christopher Durang, Lincoln heart inventive Director André Bishop, former New York Times theater critic Frank wealthy, and numerous others.
And nonetheless nearly nobody knew that Wendy used to be pregnant whilst, at age forty-eight, she was once rushed to Mount Sinai clinic to bring Lucy Jane 3 months untimely. The paternity of her daughter is still a secret. on the time of Wendy's tragically early demise under six years later, only a few have been conscious that she was once gravely ailing. The loved confidante to such a lot of, Wendy privately continued her maximum heartbreaks on my own.
In Wendy and the misplaced Boys, Salamon assembles the fractured items, revealing Wendy in complete. although she lived an unusual existence, she spoke to a new release of girls in the course of an period of massive swap. Revisiting Wendy's works-The Heidi Chronicles and others-we see Wendy within the loose area of the theater, the place her many selves all came across voice. the following Wendy spoke within the so much intimate of phrases approximately every little thing that concerns such a lot: relatives and love, desires and devastation. and that's the Wendy of Neverland, the Wendy who won't ever become older.
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Later, this would become a family joke: Bruce and Jesus Christ—the Messiahs, holy Jewish sons—shared a birthday. But in real time Bruce’s birth meant that Morris and Lola were now raising four children—Sandy returned home that summer. Abner became increasingly difficult to handle, but Lola never discussed her son’s problems much with the family’s growing network of cousins and in-laws. This was partly her nature and partly the times. It would be years before children with emotional or mental disabilities would not be regarded with shame.
Wendy recorded their findings. “Growing up, I always loved the stories about my mother’s childhood,” she wrote. “Lola’s Poland was different from anybody else’s mother’s Poland. My schoolmates had grandfathers who were peddlers in Lodz, but my mother’s family had a summer villa in a spa resort called Ciechocinek. My mother’s family was the intelligentsia. ” “Frankly, I always placed the truth of the summer villa right alongside my mother’s sworn testimony to me in eighth grade that grown women would pay thousands of dollars for hair like mine, especially when it divided into thousands of damaged, frizzy split ends,” Wendy wrote.
Please purchase only authorized electronic editions and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrightable materials. Your support of the author’s rights is appreciated. com FOR PATTI LYNN GREGORY All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs.