Bombeck, Erma, 1927-1996

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Erma Bombeck (b. Feb. 21, 1927, Bellbrook, OH–d. April 22, 1996, San Francisco, CA) was one of the most successful humor writers in the 1960s-1990s and wrote about domestic suburban life. In 1942, while still in high school, she began to work at the Dayton Herald as a copygirl and interviewed Shirley Temple as her first writing assignment in 1942. Later she enrolled in the University of Dayton and married Bill Bombeck in 1949. As a young suburban housewife she wrote humor columns for the Dayton Shopping News. By 1964, Bombeck started writing humor columns full time, and her column "At Wit's End" was nationally syndicated in 1967; by 1978, 900 U.S. newspapers were publishing Bombeck's column. Additionally she wrote several best selling humor books and was a vocal supporter for the Equal Rights Amendment in 1978.
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referencedIn Carter White House Photographs Collection. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Carter White House Photographs: Presidential. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Rosalynn Carter - Senate Wives Luncheon with Erma Bombeck
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Celebrities-local residents clippings 1981-1989. Monterey Public Library
referencedIn Grauer, Neil A. Neil A. Grauer papers, 1965-1989. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Records, 1946-2000 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Carter White House Photographs Collection. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Carter White House Photographs: Presidential. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale - Senate Wives Luncheon with Erma Bombeck
referencedIn Carter White House Photographs Collection. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Carter White House Photographs: Presidential. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Roalynn Carter - Senate Wives Luncheon with Erma Bombeck
creatorOf Bombeck, Erma. Bowling Green State University commencement speakers [sound recording] : Art Buchwald and Erma Bombeck. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Sound Recordings Relating to "Studio One" Broadcasts. 1955 - 2003. An Alternative to the Psychiatric Couch
referencedIn Lighton family papers : correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and other papers, 1828-1987. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Records, 1967-1990 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER) Records 2000-002., 1979-1997 Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
referencedIn Carter White House Photographs Collection. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Carter White House Photographs: Presidential. 1/20/1977 - 1/22/1981. Rosalynn Carter and Joan Mondale - Senate Wives Luncheon with Erma Bombeck
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
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employeeOf Dayton Daily News corporateBody
associatedWith Grauer, Neil A. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Dayton corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Equity Action League corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Fund for Health, Education and Research (HER) corporateBody
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Bellbrook OH US
San Francisco CA US
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Birth 1927-02-21

Death 1996-04-22

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