|Lillian posed for Blackgama Mink|
for which she was roundly criticized.
|The late Wendy Wasserstein|
Before you think I am fixated on Lillian Hellmann, Playwright, Author and Memoirist, I feel compelled to admit that you may be right. Lillian Hellmann’s Pot Roast, which I shared with you earlier this month, opened the door to my reading “An Unfinished Woman” (Little Brown & Co. 1969) This book was the first in what became a three-volume collection of memoirs. The version that I read contained an introduction by the playwright; Wendy Wasserstein and I’ve leaned heavily on it to write this post. Ms. Wasserstein’s tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek commentary is hilarious. She points out that in “An Unfinished Woman” Lillian reminisces about virtually every famous person you’ve ever heard of. But what struck Ms. Wasserstein was the number of times that Lillian encountered these people just days before their demise.