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Michele Willens
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Michele Willens is a journalist and playwright. She coined the term “tweens” for the NY Times.

Her play DEAR MAUDIE has been published by Playscripts, Inc. Her second, DON’T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS, (co-written with Wendy Kout) has had numerous performances. Her newest is entitled FAMILY DINNER which opens at the Beckett Theatre in NYC in June.

She is editor of FACE IT: What Women Really Feel As Their Looks Change.FACE IT: by Vivian Diller, Ph.D with Jill Muir-Sukenick, Ph.D, is a psychological guide to help women deal with the emotions brought on by their changing appearance.

She is married to DATELINE Executive Producer David Corvo and they have two children, ages 22 and 17. They live in New York City.

Michele Willens
1261 Madison Ave #4s
New York, NY 10128

Entries by Michele Willens

FACE IT: A Real Maverick Remembered

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 3:51 PM

I have interviewed hundreds of celebrated folks over the years and am often asked if I had a favorite. My answer has remained the same: James Garner. The first time consisted of a couple of days trailing him around the streets of New York City, where he was filming Barbarians...

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FACE IT: A Banner Year for Documentaries

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:05 AM

I have seen a batch of documentaries in the last few weeks -- coming your way soon, no doubt -- and they remind me once again that the folks behind them may be our finest and noblest filmmakers. Here are dedicated men and women who find stories they feel must...

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FACE IT: When Soccer and Movies Combine...

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 8:13 AM

(Taormina, Italy) What happens when an entire city is either watching a movie projected on a massive screen inside an ancient theatre, or flooding bars and homes to watch the country's first game in the world soccer championship?

Saturday night witnessed such a perfect storm in Taormina, the high-end Sicilian...

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FACE IT: Attention Must Be Paid to Sicily

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 7:03 AM

When the great majority of travelers plan trips to Italy, they think Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, George Clooney -- whoops, Lake Como. Sicily? Well, not as much, and this fascinating, enchanting region feels the lack of respect.

"We do a very bad job of advertising ourselves," says tour guide...

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Face It: How to Make an Elegant Exit

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Roger Federer lost early in the French Open this week and was immediately bombarded with retirement questions. (Thirty-two being ancient in dog and athletic years) He has brought so much class to the game, one can only hope his departure will be equally graceful.

I've been thinking...

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Face It: One Female Director Reigns

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:05 PM

When the Tony awards are presented June 8, the names of many dazzling actresses will be announced. As for women behind the scenes? Not so much.

In fact, only one female will be among the writers and directors of Broadway's top shows this season. That would be Leigh Silverman,...

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FACE IT: What Two Actresses Represent

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Here is my recommendation for every woman who is stressing over the physical ravages of time: watch two interviews on TCM, conducted by that movie channel's host, Robert Osborne. The first is with Kim Novak, now 81, who was once admired for a gorgeous sultriness that made William Holden dance...

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FACE IT: On Being The Oldest Person In The Room

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:02 AM

I am often asked why, with all the trendy gyms in my Manhattan neighborhood, I chose the 92nd St. Y to lift, stretch and sweat. Very simply, I reply, there aren't many places left where I am still the youngest person in the room.

Why some of us have more...

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FACE IT: Broadway Is Still a Glass Ceiling

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:15 PM

So I went to 42nd St. over the weekend to see Machinal, a play that was new to me, starring Rebecca Hall. I was particularly excited that it was created by a woman playwright and journalist whose name I did not know, Sophie Treadwell. Finally a new female voice in...

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FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger. I can add nothing to the conversation in terms of the man's gentle soul, which amazingly,...

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FACE IT: We Need Subtlety in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Is it just me, or does everything and everyone seem over the top?

Maybe it was surviving three hours of Leonardo di Caprio's unceasing depiction of sex, drugs and profanity in his latest film. Maybe it was watching Miley Cyrus being celebrated by Barbara Walters. Kanya and...

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FACE IT: When It Comes to Film Fests, Small Is the New Large

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 4:37 PM

It's well-known that every city that has a projector and at least four adults, has a film festival these days. And they come in every size, color and religion. (Who new there were enough Jews in Hong Kong to warrant a Jewish Film Festival?) I have been to quite a...

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FACE IT: Let's Be Frank About Mia

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 4:54 PM

It's time Mia Farrow got the credit she deserves. I don't mean as an actress, which I think she earned via her long relationship with Woody Allen. No, I mean as a woman who obviously has a lot more substance than her waifish demeanor has often led us to assume.

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FACE IT: Look Who's Sexy Now

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Who cannot love the fact that the sexiest couple on screen this year is Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini? In Enough Said, 52-year-old Dreyfus has never looked more fetching, and the late, great Gandolfini is finally allowed to be a leading man who looked like -- well, like a lot...

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FACE IT: On Not Being Diana Nyad

(3) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 1:57 PM

We are the same age, but Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Miami and I did not. I did, however, take an excellent nap just hearing about it.

Let me say upfront that I am not a sloth. Members of my family happen to find me a...

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FACE IT: Aging Is Relative But Don't Give up

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:29 PM

A lot of attention has been paid (at least in the sports world) to the return of retired tennis great Martina Hingis. Of course, she is starting with doubles only and in tournaments that hardly matter except for those happy to watch any former champion. If one didn't know better,...

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FACE IT: Men Have Changed in Italy... or Have They?

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:47 PM

This week, the International Herald Tribune featured a front-page story about Claudina Melise and her sister Consolata. They haven't done anything particularly noteworthy, except live long. The former is 100, the latter 105. "The Melises have become elderly symbols of a Mediterranean way of life that is the envy of...

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FACE IT: We Can Turn Off the Noise

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 6:23 PM

I always wanted to be Diane Lane. (Especially when she was still married to Josh Brolin) Now, as I sit under a Tuscan sun, I sort of am.

I arrive at this house a week before my visitors will. I have only seen it once, so naturally,...

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FACE IT: So What If We Turn Into Our Mothers?

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 6:40 AM

We have all said it: maybe when we notice our suddenly wrinkling skin or the brittling of the bones; or perhaps when we find ourselves using long-ago dreaded words in scolding out own children. I have turned into my mother. A friend recovering from recent surgery limped into her kitchen...

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FACE IT: Crushing Disappointments And How To Survive Them

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 7:04 AM

Starting at the top, no one suffered a closer call than Al Gore. The man was President for a minute and then had to face a future that would not include the White House. None of us knows how he got through the disappointment, how far he went down emotionally...

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