Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein


Wendy Wasserstein, who for three decades, through a series of compassionately comedic dramas, charted the strivings and disappointments of the modern American woman, died early Jan. 30, 2006, at the age of 55, Lincoln Center Theater confirmed. The cause was lymphoma. Ms. Wasserstein's sudden death was particularly startling to followers of the theatre—not only because she had long seemed to possess such a vital and life-affirming nature, but because she and director Daniel Sullivan had only recently opened her latest work, Third, Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Reports of her being on life support in a New York hospital began to emerge during the first week of December. The New York Daily News, citing a source close to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, said "Wendy had been sick for a long time, but she's a private person and kept it quiet. But during rehearsals [for Third] she needed a cane some days."

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  • Born: Oct 18, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York
  • Death: Jan 30, 2006 in New York, New York


Drama Desk Award
1993 Outstanding New Play The Sisters Rosensweig Nominee
New York Drama Critics' Circle
1989 Best Play The Heidi Chronicles Winner
Pulitzer Prize
1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama The Heidi Chronicles Winner