Edel Coffey: The long, slow liberation of getting old

The writer Fran Lebowitz, whose witty takes on modern life have won her a youthful new fanbase, epitomises the fabulous freedom of getting older

24th October, 2021
Edel Coffey: The long, slow liberation of getting old
Fran Lebowitz: a pin-striped-clad portal to another time who has gained a new generation of admirers among younger women

Women often complain about becoming invisible as they get older, but the New York writer Fran Lebowitz suggested recently that older women have never been more visible. In typically epigrammatic style she said: “We are living in the era of the old lady.”

This can only be good news, I thought. Lebowitz, who is 70, has always been famous but has found renewed acclaim among a younger generation with her Netflix documentary series,...

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