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 Judith Rossner

Judith Rossner

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Death 9 Aug 2005 (aged 70)
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Author. She won widespread fame for her best-selling novel "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" (1975), which revealed the dark side of the women's sexual liberation movement of the era. It was based on the true story of Roseann Quinn, a young Manhattan schoolteacher who was murdered in 1973 by a man she had brought home from a bar. The book is neither moralizing nor exploitive; instead Rossner used the incident to examine the loneliness that can lead people into poor (and in this case deadly) lifestyle choices. "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" was made into an acclaimed film in 1977, starring Diane Keaton. Rossner was born Judith Perelman in New York City. After dropping out of college she worked as a secretary while writing fiction at night. It took her five years to complete her first novel, "To the Precipice" (1966). Of her eight other novels the most popular were "Emmeline" (1980), a period tale of an unmarried girl who gives up her infant son for adaption and years later unknowingly marries him; and "August" (1983), about the fragile co-dependent relationship between a therapist and a patient. "Emmeline" was made into an opera (1996) by composer Tobias Picker and broadcast in America on PBS. Rossner's most recent book was "Perfida" (1997). She died in Manhattan from complications of leukemia and diabetes. Her friend, film critic Andrew Sarris, said of her, "She was very perceptive, very witty and very sharp, and she wrote the way she was".

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  • Added: 12 Aug 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11522882
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judith Rossner (1 Mar 1935–9 Aug 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11522882, ; Maintained by Bobb Edwards (contributor 15945012) Unknown.