Regular readers will know of the unique, seemingly indefatigable and gloriously multi-talented US comic Lynn Ruth Miller, an occasional and much-admired contributor to this blog.
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Multi-award-winning Lynn Ruth died of cancer yesterday afternoon in London. So it goes.
In 2019, she explained that she didn’t plan on being a stand-up comic.
She had a Masters degree in Journalism from Stanford University and said she had considered herself a writer, a newspaper columnist and ‘a TV lady’ (she had her own TV show on the US West Coast) but never in her wildest dreams thought she would become a comedian. She said: “I always came up with smart remarks that got me into trouble”.
At the age of 67, she published Starving Hearts, her first book – an autobiographical novel about her struggle with her overwhelming mother and her battle with bulimia. She then released two compilations of her essays – Thoughts While Walking the Dog and More Thoughts While Walking the Dog – which had previously been published in US newspapers. She turned to stand-up comedy aged 71.
Her friend Sarah-Louise Young has today posted this on Lynn Ruth’s Facebook page:
An early proof copy of Lynn Ruth’s recently-published autobiography
Some of Lynn Ruth’s many books…