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Actress, activist and New York Times Bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch’s most recent book I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: compliments, indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50 (Penguin/Random House) was one of three finalists for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing 2015. The New York Times says “Annabelle Gurwitch is a funny woman…. at the center of the book is a serious question: How are we supposed to age? She convincingly argues that there is no longer a template.” I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ 10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh.

Annabelle gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting Dinner & a Movie on TBS and as a regular commentator on NPR. Her other books are You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up and Fired! which was also a Showtime Comedy Special. Annabelle’s essays and satire appear in The New YorkerThe New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, More, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Magazine, Glamour and The Nation.com and three humor anthologies.

As an actress, she’s guest starred in over fifty TV series, including:  Dexter, Boston Legal, Medium and Seinfeld. Annabelle’s many media appearances include: Real Time with Bill Maher, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper Show, Fox and Friends, Show Biz Tonight, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, MSNBC and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She’s hosted shows on The Discovery Channel, HBO, ABC, TBS, and Style Channel.

Annabelle has been recognized in Time Magazine’s “Ten Ideas That are Changing the World” annual issue as well as both The New York Times and Los Angeles Times’ annual round up of “Top Ten Performances of the Year in Theater.”

Annabelle’s live appearances include: SXSW, The Moth Mainstage, New York Comedy Festival, Prevention Magazine Summit, 92nd St Y, Two Jewish Book Council Book Tours, The Carter Center, The Watermark Conference for Women, and Performing Arts Centers around the country.

She is a Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist, and a reluctant atheist. She lives in Los Angeles.

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