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 girl playwright to win a Tony Award, Wendy Wasserstein was once a Broadway titan. yet along with her excessive- pitched snort and unkempt curls, she projected a picture of heat and familiarity. every person knew Wendy Wasserstein. Or proposal they did.
Born on October 18, 1950, in Brooklyn, manhattan, to shine Jewish immigrant mom and dad, Wendy used to be the youngest of Lola and Morris Wasserstein's 5 young children. Lola had immense goals for her kids. they did not disappoint: Sandra, Wendy's glamorous sister, grew to become a excessive- score company govt at a time whilst Fortune 500 businesses have been an impenetrable boys membership. Their brother Bruce turned a billionaire famous person of the funding banking global. but in the back of the family's impressive good fortune used to be a fiercely guarded international of personal tragedies.
Wendy perfected the relatives paintings of secrecy whereas cultivating a densely populated internal circle. Her acquaintances incorporated theater elite reminiscent of playwright Christopher Durang, Lincoln heart creative Director André Bishop, former New York Times theater critic Frank wealthy, and numerous others.
And nonetheless nearly not anyone knew that Wendy used to be pregnant while, at age forty-eight, she used to be rushed to Mount Sinai health center to convey Lucy Jane 3 months untimely. The paternity of her daughter continues to be a secret. on the time of Wendy's tragically early loss of life under six years later, only a few have been acutely aware that she used to be gravely ailing. The loved confidante to such a lot of, Wendy privately persevered her maximum heartbreaks by myself.
In Wendy and the misplaced Boys, Salamon assembles the fractured items, revealing Wendy in complete. even though she lived an unusual existence, she spoke to a iteration of girls in the course of an period of huge switch. Revisiting Wendy's works-The Heidi Chronicles and others-we see Wendy within the unfastened area of the theater, the place her many selves all discovered voice. right here Wendy spoke within the such a lot intimate of phrases approximately every little thing that issues such a lot: kin and love, desires and devastation. and that's the Wendy of Neverland, the Wendy who won't ever get older.
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Unlike the headstrong Bruce, who constantly rebelled, Wendy was conciliatory. After Lola mortified the children by showing up at school wearing a hat with cherries hanging from it, they cut off the cherries. Wendy felt so guilty she convinced Bruce to confess. ” Perhaps in reaction to Lola’s lack of sensitivity, Wendy became hyper-empathetic, even to inanimate objects. Every night before going to sleep, she said good night to each of the cadre of dolls and stuffed animals that slept with her. She rotated their positions on the bed so none of them would feel excluded.
Was it possible to lose weight without exercising or eating less? What was the most romantic spot in New York? Why couldn’t she find a man who would want her? Was the problem her success? Could she create a family when she couldn’t always cope with the one she’d been born into? What did it mean to be a good person? Where was fulfillment? They believed they knew her well enough to ask about her daughter, her diets, her siblings, her boyfriends, her mother—and to tell her about theirs. Yet after she was gone, what stunned those closest to her was how much they didn’t know.
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Wendy and the Lost Boys. The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein by Julie Salamon