By Julie Salamon
The licensed 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 laugh and unkempt curls, she projected a picture of heat and familiarity. all people knew Wendy Wasserstein. Or idea 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 teenagers. Lola had sizeable goals for her young children. they did not disappoint: Sandra, Wendy's glamorous sister, grew to become a excessive- rating company government at a time whilst Fortune 500 businesses have been an impenetrable boys membership. Their brother Bruce grew to become a billionaire megastar of the funding banking global. but in the back of the family's awesome good fortune was once a fiercely guarded international of non-public tragedies.
Wendy perfected the kinfolk artwork of secrecy whereas cultivating a densely populated internal circle. Her buddies integrated theater elite equivalent to playwright Christopher Durang, Lincoln middle creative Director André Bishop, former New York Times theater critic Frank wealthy, and numerous others.
And nonetheless virtually nobody knew that Wendy was once pregnant whilst, at age forty-eight, she was once rushed to Mount Sinai sanatorium to bring Lucy Jane 3 months untimely. The paternity of her daughter continues to be a secret. on the time of Wendy's tragically early dying under six years later, only a few have been acutely aware that she used to be gravely in poor health. The adored confidante to such a lot of, Wendy privately persisted her maximum heartbreaks by myself.
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 ladies in the course of an period of enormous swap. Revisiting Wendy's works-The Heidi Chronicles and others-we see Wendy within the loose house of the theater, the place her many selves all discovered voice. the following Wendy spoke within the such a lot intimate of phrases approximately every little thing that concerns so much: relations and love, desires and devastation. and that's the Wendy of Neverland, the Wendy who won't ever become old.
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Barrie PROLOGUE When Wendy Wasserstein died on January 30, 2006, at age fifty-five, hers was a rare obituary considered important enough to make the front page of the New York Times. Her memorial service, held in the 1,060-seat Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, packed the house. The overflow was siphoned into a theater across the street at the Juilliard School, where an additional five hundred fans joined the other mourners via video monitors. Strangers wept and columnists eulogized. She was remembered as a significant playwright, but also as a quintessential New Yorker, the toast of the tough and glamorous metropolis.
Her embarrassment led Lola to designate Wendy the shy child. 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.
Her grandfather Simon Hirsch Schleifer came of age in the late nineteenth century. Simon—Shimon, as he was known then—was an intellectual, a yeshiva bocher and raconteur. He became a teacher in the yeshiva, not because he was religious but because there were few other options available to the Jewish intelligentsia, who were not permitted in the Polish civil service or, with few exceptions, to teach in public schools. ) Wendy’s grandmother Helen Schleifer was more conventional: She cooked, sewed, and took care of her children.