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The Life and Loves of a She-Devil  
Author Fay Weldon
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date 1983
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil is a 1983 novel by British feminist author Fay Weldon about a plain woman who, when she finds out she is being betrayed by her husband, goes to great lengths to take revenge on him and his lover, romantic novelist Mary Fisher. The book, Weldon insists, is about envy, rather than revenge.

The novel was filmed twice: in 1986 as an award-winning BBC television serial, starring Patricia Hodge as Mary Fisher, Dennis Waterman as Bobbo and Julie T. Wallace as the she-devil, and, less faithfully, by Hollywood in 1989 as She-Devil, starring Roseanne Barr as the "she-devil" and Meryl Streep as her adversary, Mary Fisher.

The BBC adaptation was filmed largely at the Belle Tout lighthouse at Beachy Head, which has since been moved several meters from the cliff edge, due to the rapid rate of coastal erosion in the area.

  1986 mini-series 1989 movie
length 4 x 60 mins. 100 mins.
screenplay by Ted Ballantine Barry Strugatz
directed by Philip Saville Susan Seidelman
Ruth Patchett Julie T. Wallace Roseanne Barr
Bobbo / Bob Dennis Waterman Ed Begley, Jr.
Mary Fisher Patricia Hodge Meryl Streep
Nicola / Nicolette Caroline Butler Elisebeth Peters
Andy / Andrew Christopher Mossford Bryan Larkin

Paperback editions of the novel were issued in 1993 by Ballantine Books, New York ( ISBN 0-345-32375-0 ) and by Sceptre, London ( ISBN 0-340-58935-3 ).

Preceded by
Edge of Darkness
British Academy Television Awards
Best Drama Series or Serial

Succeeded by
Tutti Frutti


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