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Celebrated American Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Dies at 55 of Cancer

American playwright Wendy Wasserstein, known for her portrayals of women and their relationships, has died at the age of 55.

The celebrated writer died Monday in her native New York City after battling cancer.

Wasserstein was known for female characters who struggled to find fulfillment in careers and personal relationships.

Her works include The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, and An American Daughter - each performed on Broadway.

Wasserstein has been given many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award (Broadway's highest honor, similar to an Oscar) in 1989 for The Heidi Chronicles.

She also wrote screenplays, such as The Object of My Affection, a 1998 film about a homosexual man and a pregnant woman who move in together.