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Actress, author, and activist Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of three books. Publisher’s Weekly calls her forthcoming memoir, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: compliments, indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50, “a rollicking collection of essays with witty and heartfelt writing; the essays contain a devilish good dose of fun and more than a dash of agita.” It will be published by Blue Rider Press, Penguin, March 6th, 2014. Annabelle gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie on TBS and in her years as a regular commentator on NPR. Her work has been called, “hilarious” by The Washington Post, “laugh out loud” by People, and “slyly subversive” by O Magazine.

Her book, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, a self-hurt marital memoir, co-written with her Emmy Award winning husband, Jeff Kahn, is now a theatrical play in its third national tour. Annabelle turned being fired by Woody Allen into her first book Fired! which includes stories by Andy Borowitz, Jeff Garlin, Judd Apatow, Robert Reich and Sarah Silverman. Her acclaimed documentary has played everywhere from Showtime to The Labor Department on Capitol Hill. Time Magazine featured Annabelle and Fired! in their cover story, “Ten Ideas that are Changing the World.”

Annabelle’s essays and satire have appeared in More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Magazine, The Nation.com, Huffington Post, and in three humor anthologies.

As an actress, she’s guest starred in over fifty TV series, including:  Dexter, Boston Legal, Medium and Seinfeld. Gurwitch’s work in theatre has been recognized in, “The Top Ten Performances of the Year” by critics in both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she starred in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ A Coney Island Christmas at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Most recently, she spent three seasons hosting the sustainability series WA$TED on Discovery  Channel’s Planet Green Network. Besides her years co-hosting Dinner and a Movie, she has headlined programs on Sci-Fi, ABC, The Style Channel, and was the news anchor of the award winning, satirical, Not Necessarily the News on HBO.

Annabelle’s many television appearances include: Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Joy Behar Show, Fox and Friends, Show Biz Tonight, Entertainment tonight, CNN, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her live appearances include:  The Moth Mainstage, The New York Comedy Festival, The Carter Center, & the 92nd St Y.

She is a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist and lives with her husband and son and a large collection of reusable water bottles in Los Angeles.