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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
TV Shows Maggie
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1Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 53-54. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
2Mother of Michael Bombeck.
3Dubbed by Life Magazine "the Socrates of the ironing board".
4The $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.
5Her father also suffered from polycystic disease, and died when she was 9.
6Born at 4:40am-EST



Maggie1981-1982TV Series written by - 5 episodes
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank1978TV Movie book "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank"



Maggie1981/ITV Series producer



The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1989TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Columnist / Herself - Guest
Norman Rockwell: An American Portrait1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHerself
Texaco Star Theatre Presents Bob Hope in 'Who Makes the World Laugh?'1983TV MovieHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1980TV SeriesHerself - Columnist
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1974-1976TV SeriesHerself

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

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