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Paul M. Rudnick (born 29 December 1957) is an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His plays include I Hate Hamlet, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla and The New Century. He also wrote for Premiere magazine under the pseudonym Libby Gelman-Waxner.

Rudnick grew up in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.[1] He is openly gay.[2]



Year Film Role
1993 Addams Family Values writer
1995 Jeffrey. screenplay
1997 In & Out writer
2000 Isn't She Great screenplay
2003 Marci X writer
2004 The Stepford Wives screenplay

Rudnick also wrote the initial drafts for the film Sister Act. However, he left the project before completion, distancing himself from the final product by choosing the pseudonym "Joseph Howard" for the writing credit. [3]


The gay farce Social Disease (1986), reminiscent of the early Evelyn Waugh of Vile Bodies, and I'll Take It (1990) a tale of Jewish life in America. Extasy Club (1997).


  1. ^ Bruni, Frank (September 11, 1997), "AT HOME WITH: Paul Rudnick", The New York Times,, retrieved 2007-10-28  
  2. ^ Gross, Larry P.; Woods, James D. (1999), The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics, Columbia University Press, p. 328, ISBN 0231104472  
  3. ^ Rudnick, Paul (July 20, 2009), "Fun with Nuns", The New Yorker: 37--41,  

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