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Rudnick, Paul (b. 1957)  
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Rudnick also wrote the screenplay for Isn't She Great (2000), based on the life and career of novelist Jacqueline Susann and her need for celebrity. Despite its camp appeal, the film did not succeed at the box office.

He also contributed the screenplay to Richard Benjamin's disappointing Marci X (2003). More successful was the screenplay for Frank Oz's star-studded comic remake of Bryan Forbes's 1975 film of Ira Levin's 1972 novel Stepford Wives (2004).

As a journalist, Rudnick writes regularly for the movie magazine Premiere under the pseudonym Libby Gelman-Waxner, a fictional wealthy Long Island retail store executive who mixes celebrity and family gossip with movie criticism and campy insights.

Rudnick also appears regularly on the gay newsmagazine In the Life. In his first appearance, soon after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack, he hilariously deconstructed the homophobic remarks of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who attempted to blame gay men and lesbians for the outrage.

Rudnick writes for such diverse publications as Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, and Interview. He appears on-screen in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's documentary, The Celluloid Closet (1995), where he discusses the disguised presence of homosexuality in the sex comedies of the 1950s.

Proudly open about his homosexuality, Rudnick is one of the most interesting comic writers at work today. He uses sharp wit and gentle satire to comment on contemporary mores. Unlike many satirists, his work is generally more positive than negative.

He lives and writes in his beloved New York City.

Robert Kellerman

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American Repertory Theater web site.

"Paul Rudnick." Contemporary Authors Online. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group, 2002.

"Paul Rudnick." Newsmakers 1994, Issue 4. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group, 2002. 13 July 2002.


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    Entry Title: Rudnick, Paul  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
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