Bruce Jay Friedman

Novelist, playwright, short story writer, and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman was born in the Bronx, majored in journalism at the University of Missouri, served as an Air Force officer during the Korean War, and returned to New York where he became the executive editor for men’s magazines at the Magazine Management Company.

Mr. Friedman’s books include the novels Stern and About Harry Towns, the recent collection of short fiction Three Balconies, and The Lonely Guy’s Book of Life, which was made into a movie starring Steve Martin. His plays include the Broadway hit Scuba Duba, and his screenplays include Stir Crazy and the Academy Award-nominated Splash.

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“We should all live such lives—dreaming and attaining, loving and lusting—and look so good when we sit down to write our memoirs. . . .