Playwright Wendy Wasserstein '71 Dies at Age 55
"In addition to being a gifted, award-winning artist with a distinctive wit and voice, Wendy was a very funny and unfailingly amiable person, beloved by all who knew her," said President Joanne Creighton. "Wendy approached life with thoughtfulness, imagination, and humor, which was reflected in all her work. She was a loyal alumna and an articulate champion of Mount Holyoke. Although we will miss her, she leaves behind a luminous legacy in her portrayals of the joys, anxieties, and challenges of modern womanhood, which have touched so many people over the years."
Vanessa James, chair of the theatre department at Mount Holyoke, remembers Wasserstein as "full of brilliant humor and infectious energy. Her incisive wit influenced many young playwrights and her wild imagination inspired all of us who knew and admired her work."
In 1985, the Alumnae Association awarded Wasserstein with its highest honor, the Mary Lyon Award. W. Rochelle Calhoun, executive director of the Alumnae Association, said, "The Alumnae Association was pleased to recognize the work of one of the brightest and most original minds of her generation, and we mourn her untimely passing."