Wendy Wasserstein, Playwright Who Dramatized the Progress of a Generation of Women, Is Dead at 55 (Playbill)

By Robert Simonson
January 30, 2006

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 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.”