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Fran Lebowitz: The Jew Crush
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'Your life story would not make a good book. Do not even try.'

When one hears the name Fran Lebowitz, several things come to mind: killer frames, New York City and a wit that can cut through steel. Lebowitz, 66, known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities is not only not afraid to speak her mind — she can’t help it. Born Frances Ann Lebowitz in Morristown, New Jersey, the author and public speaker has been considered a sort of modern day, Jewish Dorothy Parker. In a recent interview inThe New York Times for their “By the Book” section, Lebowitz reveals her habits as a long time bibliophile (and also lays into Donald Trump).

Seven reasons we have a Jewess crush on Fran Lebowitz:

1. Style for days. Lebowitz, whose biting humor brings levity to grim subjects, takes her wardrobe seriously. Known for her large, tortoise shell glasses, men’s tailored suit jackets and wing-tip cowboy boots, Lebowitz was named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair in their 68th Annual International Best-Dressed List.

2. Lays down the law. Many may feel the Jewish satirist should take her rooted opinions to a courtroom. And for six years, she did. From 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz has a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama “Law & Order.” Court is in session.

3. Written work. Starting out with a number of odd jobs and then being hired as a columnist for “Interview” by Andy Warhol followed by a stint at “Mademoiselle,” Lebowitz has since published four books, with two in the works. From novels to essays to children’s books, her writing examines social and cultural mores through her uproarious brand of humor.

4. Late Night with Fran Lebowitz. Not only one to point the comedic lens at others, Lebowitz clearly doesn’t take herself too seriously: she made a number of appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman.” In her most recent appearance in 2010, she mocked herself for having “writer’s blockade” referring to one of her long-standing unfinished novels.

5. Model. Her clothes alone have made Lebowitz a fashion icon, but last year she officially became a couture model. Feaured in the 2016 Pirelli Calendar, she joined the ranks of super models who have appeared in the previous 50 years of the Italian annual publication that promotes the tire company’s high end products. Lebowitz was featured in the elite calendar among fellow accomplished women who don’t fit the typical model, of well, a model.

6. Martin Muse. Actors work their whole careers with the hope of making even a cameo in a Martin Scorcese film. For Lebowitz, it was a walk in the park: she just had to be herself. In 2010, HBO debuted the documentary about her, “Public Speaking,” by Scorcese featuring clips of her speeches and interviews.

7. Wheels. When she didn’t seem like she could get any cooler, you learn that Lebowitz is gaga fo cars. An automobile enthusiast, she’s owned a vintage pearl gray 1979 Checker Marathon. And if you were around the East Village at the right time you just may have seen her cruising around, her suit jacket blowing in the wind. Vroom vroom.

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