| Frances Ann Lebowitz
October 27, 1950 (age 65)
Morristown, New Jersey (1950-10-27) |
Author, writer, public speaker
The Fran Lebowitz Reader
Public Speaking, The Wolf of Wall Street, Beautiful Darling, Resident Alien
Ruth Lebowitz, Harold Lebowitz
The Fran Lebowitz Reader, Metropolitan Life, Mr Chas and Lisa Sue Meet, Social Studies, Tales From A Broad: An Unreli
Mellody Hobson, Tavi Gevinson, Agnes Gund, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker
Fran Lebowitz Wikipedia
Frances Ann "Fran" Lebowitz (born October 27, 1950) is an American author and public speaker. Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities. Some reviewers have called her a modern-day Dorothy Parker.
Lebowitz was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey. Lebowitz describes her "Jewish identity [as] ethnic or cultural or whatever people call it now. But it's not religious." She has been an atheist since the age of 7.
After being expelled from high school and receiving a GED, Lebowitz worked various odd jobs before Andy Warhol hired her as a columnist for Interview. This was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first two books were the essay collections Metropolitan Life (1978) and Social Studies (1981), both collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader.
Lebowitz has been known, in part, for Exterior Signs of Wealth, a long-overdue, unfinished novel, purportedly about rich people who want to be artists, and artists who want to be rich. She also made several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order from 2001 to 2007.
A heavy smoker, Lebowitz is known for her advocacy of smokers' rights.
In September 2007, Lebowitz was named one of the year's most stylish women in Vanity Fair's 68th Annual International Best-Dressed List; she is known for her trademark men's suit jackets and white shirts, cowboy boots, jeans, and tortoiseshell glasses.
On November 17, 2010, Lebowitz returned to The Late Show with David Letterman after a 16-year absence. She discussed her years-long writer's block, which she jokingly referred to as a "writer's blockade." On November 22, 2010, HBO debuted Public Speaking, Martin Scorsese's documentary about her containing interviews and clips from speaking engagements.
Lebowitz's upcoming book, Progress, was first excerpted in Vanity Fair in 2004 and has an October 2017 publication date.Metropolitan Life, Dutton, 1978. ISBN 978-0-525-15562-1
Social Studies, Random House, 1981. ISBN 978-0-394-51245-7
The Fran Lebowitz Reader, Vintage Books, 1994, ISBN 978-0-679-76180-8
Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas, Knopf, 1994. ISBN 978-0-679-86052-5
Exterior Signs of Wealth [Unfinished]