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Erma Bombeck


Syndicated columnist who discovered and subjected the humor in homemaking and wrote many family-themed books. Her bestselling laughter works consist of If Life can be a Plate of Cherries, What Am I Performing within the Pits? and Motherhood: THE NEXT Oldest Career. She funded her education in the College or university of Dayton by composing humor items for an area department store’s publication. A compilation of her laughter columns, At Wit’s End, was released in 1967. She wedded Expenses Bombeck in 1949. The few adopted a girl in 1953 and got a biological boy in 1955. She and Gloria Steinem had been both Ohio-born journalists.

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Full Name Erma Bombeck
Date Of Birth February 21, 1927
Died April 22, 1996, San Francisco, California, United States
Place Of Birth Bellbrook, OH
Profession Journalist
Education University of Dayton, Ohio University
Nationality American
Spouse Bill Bombeck
Children Matthew Bombeck
Parents Erma Fiste, Cassius Edwin Fiste
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1 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 53-54. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
2 Mother of Michael Bombeck.
3 Dubbed by Life Magazine "the Socrates of the ironing board".
4 The $1.5 million advance fee and all proceeds from her book "I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to go to Boise" was donated to cancer research.
5 Her father also suffered from polycystic disease, and died when she was 9.
6 Born at 4:40am-EST



Maggie 1981-1982 TV Series written by - 5 episodes
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank 1978 TV Movie book "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank"



Maggie 1981/I TV Series producer



The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1967-1989 TV Series Herself / Herself - Columnist / Herself - Guest
Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait 1987 TV Movie documentary Herself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz 1985 TV Movie Herself
Texaco Star Theatre Presents Bob Hope in 'Who Makes the World Laugh?' 1983 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1980 TV Series Herself - Columnist
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Herself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1974-1976 TV Series Herself

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1 On mothering: It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
2 The suburbs were discovered quite by accident one day in the early 1940s by a Welcome-Wagon lady who was lost.
3 When you start looking like your passport photo, it's time to go home.
4 I do not participate in any sport that has ambulances at the bottom of the hill.
5 The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
6 Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.
7 If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
8 Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
9 The Rose Bowl is the only bowl I've seen that I didn't have to clean.
10 Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
11 I once told a graduation class that fame is Madonna; success is Helen Keller. Know the difference.
12 Dreams have but one owner at a time. That is why dreamers are lonely.

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