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The great short story writer, novelist, and essayist — and humorist– Laurie Colwin would have been 67 today. Tragically she died in her sleep in October 1992 at the age of 48. I like to celebrate Laurie’s birthday and not her death every year in this column. I was her friend, but also her book publicist in the early 1980s even though Laurie didn’t want a book publicist and didn’t want to do publicity. Luckily she had built a large following from her work in The New Yorker, and from her books–all of which are still in print and are as much fun to read now as they were then. My favorites are “Happy All the Time” and “Another Marvelous Thing.” Hollywood would do well to take another look at Laurie’s work–it would be perfect for Renee Zellweger, Anne Hathaway, or any number of young actresses who complain they can’t find good material. It’s hard to imagine so much time has passed with Laurie in the world. But really, she wouldn’t have been so stoked about all the technology for writers since she left us–Final Draft, Ipads, the internet itself. But she does have a Wikipedia entry, and even some websites. I’m happy to report that her daughter, Rosa Jurjevics, has followed in her mom’s footsteps. A very talented writer, Rosa is now working in New York for a publishing company, and doing great. Laurie would have loved that the most.

Happy birthday, Laurie. http://tinyurl.com/67jjas5

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I was in a bookstore a few days ago and, as always, I look in the fiction section under C by author. I was glad to see “Happy…” there still. Then, I inquired if there was a biography of her. There isn’t. Then, I asked myself why there isn’t. No good answer yet.

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