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Judith Rossner
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    (March 31, 1935-August 9, 2005)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Judith Louise Perelman
    Best known for the novel ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar’ (1975)
    Also wrote ‘Nine Months in the Life of an Old Maid’ (1969), ‘Any Minute I Can Split’ (1972), ‘Attachments’ (1977), ‘Emmeline’ (1980), ‘August’ (1983), and ‘Olivia (Or, the Weight of the Past)’ (1994)
    She dropped out of college to get married.
    Two of her three marriages ended in divorce.
    She and her first husband went to live on a commune, then broke up.
    She said about the film adaptation of ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar,’ ‘I feel like the mother who delivered her 13-year-old daughter to the door of Roman Polanski and didn't know what was going to happen.’
    She was recovering from a car crash when she began writing ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar.’
    ‘The Guardian’ described the sex scenes in ‘Mr. Goodbar’ as ‘neither pornographic nor hobbled by fanciful metaphor.’
    During the mid-80s, she developed viral meningitis, which caused short-term memory loss and kept her from writing for years.
    Andrew Sarris said, ‘She was very perceptive, very witty and very sharp, and she wrote the way she was.’

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