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Mary Rodgers (1931–2014)

Autor(a) de Freaky Friday

24+ Works 2,190 Membros 34 Críticas

About the Author

Mary Rodgers was born in Manhattan, New York on January 11, 1931. She attended Wellesley College, where she studied music, but she left before graduating to get married. While at Wellesley, she wrote numerous songs. A dozen were published in 1952 under the title Some of My Best Friends Are mostrar mais Children. In 1957, she met composer Leonard Bernstein, who hired her to help write and produce the television shows of Bernstein's New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts, a job she held for more than a decade. She wrote the music for Once Upon a Mattress, Hot Spot, and the off Broadway revue, The Mad Show. She also wrote a musical for television entitled Feathertop. She wrote children's books including Freaky Friday, A Billion for Boris, The Rotten Book, and Summer Switch. Freaky Friday was adapted into a movie starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster in 1976 and a remake movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in 2003. She died of heart failure on June 26, 2014 at the age 83. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Mary Rodgers

Freaky Friday (1972) 1,386 exemplares
A Billion For Boris (1974) 240 exemplares
Summer Switch (1982) 124 exemplares
Freaky Monday (1600) 93 exemplares
Freaky Friday [1976 film] (1976) — Original novel/Screenwriter — 85 exemplares
The Mary Rodgers Treasury (1982) 59 exemplares
The Rotten Book (1969) 14 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress: 1959 Original Broadway Cast (1993) — Compositor — 12 exemplares
A Word to the Wives (1948) 11 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress [score] (1981) — Compositor — 8 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress [libretto] (1967) — Compositor — 5 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress: 1996 Broadway Revival Cast (1997) — Compositor — 4 exemplares
A ciascuno il suo corpo (1998) 3 exemplares

Associated Works

Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Editor — 483 exemplares
Freaky Friday [2003 film] (2003) — Original book — 355 exemplares
Musical Stages (1975) — Introdução, algumas edições117 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress [2005 TV movie] (2011) — Compositor — 52 exemplares
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection [score] (1990) — Introdução — 17 exemplares
Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them (2014) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Once Upon a Mattress [1964 TV movie] — Compositor — 1 exemplar
Once Upon a Mattress [1972 TV movie] — Compositor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Rodgers, Mary
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Brearley School, New York
Wellesley College
children's book author
Rodgers, Richard (father)
Guettel, Adam (son)

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Rodgers' musical works include Once Upon a Mattress (1959), From A to Z (1960), Hot Spot (1963), The Mad Show (1966), Working (1978), and The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979).



This book certainly lived up to the title of “alarmingly outspoken” but in many instances TMI about too many dysfunctional relationships. (Although I wonder if it would have felt less bitchy for me had many of those stories been original, old diary entries instead of newly retold stories for publication?)

As for a general reading experience, I found the footnotes, while providing some interesting information, disruptive to my reading.
ellink | 1 outra crítica | Jan 22, 2024 |
This is a quick page-turning read which was first published in 1973 and by 1976 had been made into a film starring Jodie Foster in the title role, as shown by the cover of the film-tie-in 1976 Puffin edition which I picked up second hand quite recently.

The book gives us a first person narrative of one day in the life of 13-year-old Annabel Andrews who wakes up in the body of her thirty-five year old mother after an argument where she complains about not being allowed to have responsiblity for herself, and her mother says she will show her the meaning of that. Far from freaking out, Annabel is quite cool about it although she thinks that her mother's mind has gone jaunting off to possess someone else, such as Jacqueline Onassis, because Annabel's body is behaving as if Annabel is still onboard.

After the bodily form of Annabel departs for school with younger brother Ben, whom Annabel persists in calling Ape Face and detests, she has to cope with the various things her mother is meant to be doing, including hosting dinner for her father's clients and attending a conference at school about Annabel's disappointing performance. During the day there are various farcical occurrences, such as the boy from upstairs, on whom Annabel has a crush, showing he is in fact smitten with her mother, certainly the Annabel-possessed version, and various run-ins with the police force.

Parts of the story are very funny, such as the case conference at school. Other parts are just weird and don't work as the slapstick they are obviously meant to be, such as her telephone conversation with the police when she thinks her brother has been kidnapped. During the course of the story, she learns not to take for granted what her mother does, and to appreciate her little brother, who is actually a sweet kid.

The story shows its age in some aspects, such as her insistence on being an adherent of Women's Lib in capital letters. The contradiction is that the feminism is superficial: her mother does all the things expected of women at the time including doing the catering for the husband's clients, doing his washing etc. Also, beauty is very much skin deep, with the boy Annabel fancies being put off her while she wears braces, and Annabel herself seeming to go along with the importance of physical attractiveness over other aspects. There is also a run-in with an unpleasant cleaning woman with racist attitudes, though the story shows its liberal credentials when Annabel gives her the sack.

Overall it is a nice light read, although the above attitudes make it of limited relevance to today's teenagers. And obviously this is a portrayal of teenage life without the internet, smartphones and all the paraphenalia of being a teenager in the modern world. Having not seen either of the film adaptations - I gather there was a more recent one than the one starring Jodie Foster - I don't know if any of these issues were overcome.
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kitsune_reader | 14 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
Fantastically dishy memoirs, perfectly performed by Christine Baranski with notes by Jesse Green.
yarmando | 1 outra crítica | Nov 20, 2023 |
The book was cool but I think the movie's way better!
GouriReads | 14 outras críticas | Mar 21, 2023 |



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