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Paul Rudnick Loves French Women

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2012 at 1:12AM

You may remember Paul Rudnick from his years writing under the guise of Libby Gelman Waxner in Premiere, who wound up every piece with the line, "If you ask me." The playwright/screenwriter ("In and Out," "Addams Family Values") can be hilarious and has outdone himself in the current issue of The New Yorker...
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Paul Rudnick
Paul Rudnick

You may remember Paul Rudnick from his years writing under the guise of Libby Gelman Waxner in Premiere, who wound up every piece with the line, "If you ask me." The playwright/screenwriter ("In and Out," "Addams Family Values") can be hilarious and has outdone himself in the current issue of The New Yorker: "Vive La France" extols the virtues and superiority of French women in every way:

"The American woman obsesses over every calorie and sit-up, while in France we do not have a word for fat," he writes. "If a woman is obese, we simply call her American."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.