She's appeared on Broadway numerous times and is best known for her dancing skills and humor. Rita Rudner talks to Gayle about her career and about her book I Still Have It…I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It: Confessions of a Fiftysomething.
Although she originally headed to Broadway to be a dancer, Rita says she began to explore the comedy scene later in her career because it was so hard to make a living as a dancer. "I saw that there weren't that many comedians, so my thought process was, 'That might be an easier way to make a living,'" she says. Plus, she found an underlying passion for it. "I like the science of writing a joke. I liked figuring out why people laughed. I started the process of learning how to write my own act, and I am so glad I did, because I didn't want to be a 54-year-old dancer on Broadway."
Today, Rita lives with her husband and 6-year-old daughter, whom she adopted at age 48. In I Still Have It she discusses the perils of getting older, from her worries about being an older mother to her addiction to ordering from catalogs.
Published on July 08, 2008