After a sold-out show in 2022, the Queen of “tell it like it is” Fran Lebowitz returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse for another night of no holds barred conversation followed by an audience Q&A! In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. She will take The Ridgefield Playhouse stage in an evening called “Fran Lebowitz – A Conversation With a Cultural Icon” on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 7pm. The evening, part of the Hearst Media Entertaining Conversation Series, includes a live-on–stage Interview – followed by a Q&A with Fran! There will be a book signing with Fran in the lobby following the event, with copies of The Fran Lebowitz Reader available for purchase. Known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities, Lebowitz shoots straight from the hip; she famously doesn’t own a computer, doesn’t have an email address and refuses to join social media. Instead, the cultural satirist and purveyor of urban cool, offers her acerbic view through essays and interviews on everything from current events as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage claim areas, and taxi drivers. Don’t miss this off the cuff evening with the one and only Fran Lebowitz!
Fran Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning (“with a small specialty in Venetian blinds”), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader, with a new preface by the author. The Fran Lebowitz Reader has been published in nine languages including French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.
Lebowitz’s lengthy film and television credits includes a 7-year run on Law & Order and a guest role in The Wolf of Wall Street. She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience series on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, Regarding Susan Sontag, and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO, titled Public Speaking. A raconteur if ever there was one, Lebowitz has long been a regular on various talk shows including those hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, and Bill Maher. Lebowitz was once named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair and today, remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.
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