Wendy Wasserstein

Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor
This American playwright has been embraced as the voice of a generation of women who are caught between their base needs for motherhood and nurturing and their equally important needs for an intellectual purpose in ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1950 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Window to the Universe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1996 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gail Sheehy's New Passages 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Movie That Changed My Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Wasserman (Actor)

The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (10)

The Nutcracker From the Royal Ballet 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Corsaire With American Ballet Theatre 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

The Object of My Affection 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer

Drive, She Said 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Liza Minnelli in Sam Found Out: A Triple Play 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

The Heidi Chronicles (TV Show)

Screenplay

Uncommon Women and Others (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

This American playwright has been embraced as the voice of a generation of women who are caught between their base needs for motherhood and nurturing and their equally important needs for an intellectual purpose in their lives. Wendy Wasserstein is best recalled for "The Heidi Chronicles" (1989), her Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play in which the life of a woman is followed from college to the brink of middle age, a period in which she is unfulfilled in relationships and career, and elects, finally, to raise a child on her own. Wasserstein also scripted the 1988 TNT production that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Hulce.

Relationships

Georgette Levis

Sister
older was the model for the character Dr. Gorgeous in Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosensweig"

Sandra Meyer

Sister
older died in December 1997 at age 60 from breast cancer was the model for Sara Rosensweig in Wasserstein's play "The Sisters Rosensweig"

Les Moonves Executive

Cousin

Leslie Moonves

Cousin

Morris Wasserstein

Father

Lola Wasserstein

Mother

Lucy Wasserstein

Daughter
born prematurely in September 1999

Bruce Wasserstein

Brother

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1976

City College of New York

New York , New York 1973

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley , Massachusetts 1971

Milestones

2000

Wrote television adaptation of "An American Daughter" (Lifetime)

2000

Premiered new play "Old Money" Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theater

1999

Contributed to the libretto of the opera "Central Park"

1998

Feature screenwriting debut, "The Object of My Affection"

1997

Her "An American Daughter" premiered on Broadway after a workshop in Seattle

1996

Did stint as guest caller on episode of "Frasier" (NBC)

1995

Wrote the teleplay for "The Heidi Chronicles" (TNT)

1993

Acted in the film "Life With Mikey"

1992

Won praise for her semi-autobiographical play "The Sisters Rosensweig"

1989

Had first major Braodway success with "The Heidi Chronicles"; originally produced at Playwrights Horizons

1985

Taught at Columbia University

1984

Wrote "The Comedy Zone" for CBS

1981

Garnered acclaim for her Off-Broadway hit "Isn't It Romantic?"

1981

Appeared in "The Hotel Play" at La Mama Experimental Theatre

1978

Adapted "Uncommon Women and Others" for a PBS production

1975

Her "Uncommon Women and Others" was produced in New Haven

1973

Had first play produced at Playwrights Horizons, "Any Woman Can't"

Bonus Trivia

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"It's odd. I'm not at all socially agile. I'm actually a very shy person. I'm always going on panels or speaking on behalf of the arts. I think, in a way, you're responsible for the world you live in. I don't know whether that's from going to Ethical Culture School or too many citizenship classes". --Wendy Wasserstein in LIVE!, February 1997.

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"Wendy is an ebullient, sly, extravagantly gifted and wise woman. She is comforting and endlessly available to her friends, who are therefore endlessly needy as the space allows." --Meryl Streep quoted in LIVE!, February 1997.

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"Wendy never answers her phone. This is a good thing. The outgoing messages on her machine are plays in themselves. Sometimes it's her cat Ginger telling you about her traumatic morning. Sometimes it's a retired chorus girl warbling an operatic version of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.' All of them are Wendy". --Swoosie Kurtz in LIVE!, February 1997.

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