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tary school. As a teenager
she wrote a book of poetry,
Poughkeepsie Blood, and at-
tempted to have it published,
but it was rejected.
She didn't always want to
be writer. Lebowitz admits to
wanting to be a toll-taker.
She said she found the uni-
form impressive and thought
the person in the booth kept
the money.
Asked what pushed her
toward a writing career, she
jibed, "It was something I
ate." The decision came "at a
time when I came to the
realization that people write
books — books were written
by people rather than acts of
God."
Since Poughkeepsie Blood,
Lebowitz has written for
Changes, a music magazine;
Andy Warhol's Interview and
Mademoiselle. When Met-
ropolitan Life hit the book-
shelves, only 6,000 copies
were printed. But the book
took off like a jet and the
100,000-plus hardback sales
brought the former ice cream
parlor waitress, taxi driver,
usher and maid a new-found
success, moving her from her
near-poverty living ar-
rangements to a style with
which one can become easily
acclimated.
The daughter of a Morris-
town, N.J., furniture store
owner, Lebowitz said she was
a terror in school. She found
high school a bore — more or
less doing time, rather than
getting an education — and
was sent to private school.
But she was expelled. She
did, however, get a high
school equivalency certifi-
cate. Ironically, the non-
college educated Lebowitz is
asked to speak at major col-
leges throughout the coun-
try.

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She recalls calling her
mother one day to say she's
going to Harvard. Her
mother was overjoyed, think-
ing her daughter was finally
going to pursue a college
education. Her mother's ela-
tion was short-lived. She told
her mother she was going
there to give a speech, "not
matriculate."
Lebowitz speaks frequently
at colleges, but is rather
bored by it all. "I find college
students rather dull — like
thousands of accountants."
She said she was often re-
garded as the black sheep of
the family. But she feels that
her younger sister, who
served as a magician's assis-
tant, was more deserving of
that label. "When you have a
sister who's a magician's
assistant, it makes you as a
writer like a doctor."
Nonetheless, her family,
she says, has responded very
well to her success. When
her first book was published,
her mother received a t-shirt
from friends which read,
"Fran Lebowitz's Mother."
In between cigarettes,
Lebowitz said in addition to
working on her book she is
working on a project with
Vogue magazine. Once a
month there will be a

Witticisms From Fran

Following is a sampling
of Lebowitz humor from a
chapter entitled, "Food for
Thought and Vice . Versa,"
in. Metropolitan Life (E. P.

Dutton):

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Fran Lebowitz shares her wit at
women's event.

A native-born American
who has spent the entire
day in what he knows to
be New York City and has
not once stepped aboard a
ship or plane is almost in-
variably chagrined and
disoriented by a menu
that uses the French coun-
terpart for the perfectly
adequate English word

grapefruit.

Watercress is pleasant
enough in -a salad or
sandwich, but when placed
alongside a hamburger it
is merely an annoyance.
People have been cook-
ing and eating for
thousands of years, so if
you are the very first to
have thought of adding
fresh lime juice to scal-
loped potatoes try to
understand that there
„must be a reason for this.
A loaf of bread that is
more comfortable than a
sofa cannot help but be
unpalatable.

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