Acclaimed author, playwright, poet, and essayist Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce that was adapted into the iconic dark comedy that starred Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Following the success of his iconic work on divorce and the destructive power of materialism, Adler went on to option and sell film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks. Random Hearts, The Sunset Gang, Private Lies, Funny Boys, Madeline’s Miracles, Trans-Siberian Express and his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series are only a few titles that have forever left Adler’s mark on contemporary American authorship from page to stage to screen. Permut Presentations and Grey Eagle Films will be producing the sequel to The War of the Roses.
Here, in honor of Mother’s Day, we talk to Warren Adler about a trope of Jewish identity – the Jewish Mother.
1. What saying did your mother always use? “How come you didn’t call?”
2. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of your mother - All Jewish sons are “Princes.” All Jewish girls are “Princesses.”
3. What’s the most thoughtful thing you’ve ever done for your mother on Mother’s Day? Acknowledge her never ending sacrifice and her upbringing as the prime reason for your success.
4. What makes Jewish mothers unique? Conviction that she gave birth to the greatest child on the planet. If you were elected President of the United States she would say: “Of course. He’s my son. (or daughter)”
5. Your Mother’s strongest trait? Total unwavering confidence in the success of anything her child had undertaken.
6. Every Jewish Mother’s favorite swear word? “I won’t say.”
7.Top 3 things you think Jewish Mother’s love: Your presence, your telephone calls, your tribute to her.