(October 27, 1950 - living) U.S.A.
Lebowitz is best known for her wry humor and incisive commentary on modern life. A New Jersey native, Lebowitz made her way to New York in the late 1960's, doing odd jobs and driving a cab until she landed a job with Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.
In the 1970's she wrote columns for many other periodicals, including Mademoiselle, and published two books of sardonic essays, Metropolitan Life (1978) and Social Studies (1981), which prompted critics to compare her to the likes of Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, and Lenny Bruce.
Both books have recently been reissued in a one-volume anthology entitled The Fran Lebowitz Reader (1994). Lebowitz's irreverent and hilarious comments are widely quoted. A small reprieve from her famous writer's block occurred recently with the publication of her critically acclaimed children's book Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas (1994).
An avid smoker and partygoer, Lebowitz still lives in New York because she says she does not believe she would be allowed to live anywhere else.
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