NEW YORK (Reuters) – The world of the drama queen may be over, but her image lives on, as the internet’s newest sensation has taken the world by storm.
New York Magazine named her one of its 100 most influential people, and she has been profiled by Vanity Fair, CNN and the New York Times.
In her new book, “The Real Me: The Real Me,” author Jessica Weiss chronicles the life of the showgirl, and how she became a phenomenon.
Weiss says that while her first book “Real Me” was a critical darling, it failed to capture the zeitgeist.
The media attention, Weiss argues, had already moved on.
She describes a “meltdown” in 2014 when she started seeing her mother’s former boyfriends, who had been living together in an upscale apartment in Manhattan, “as the showgirls of their generation.”
She says she saw a pattern of behavior she could not ignore.
The pattern, Weiss writes, began with a girlfriend of hers getting married and getting engaged to someone else.
She was angry at her mother for this, she wrote, and the marriage ended in divorce.
She wrote about this period, too, in her book.
But when she went to the New Yorker offices, she was told that the article about the relationship was being retracted.
She was told the article had been retracted for “inappropriate use of a minor.”
This is how it goes in the drama world: a story gets reported.
A correction is issued, and then a backlash occurs, Weiss wrote.
The New Yorker did not respond to a request for comment.
Weiss has since taken the publisher to court, alleging that the publisher withheld the article’s content because it was too personal.
The story has since been updated to remove any mention of the mother’s ex-boyfriend.
Weiss also wrote that she was shocked by the reaction to the book, writing that the reaction was “overwhelmingly positive” and that she felt a “sense of ownership.”
She writes that the public response has been “very positive.”
Weiss wrote that the reactions have been “so far so good.”
In the book’s introduction, she writes:”I’m not going to lie, I’m a drama queen.
But I’m not one for talking about my personal life.
This is my life.”
She also wrote:”A few weeks ago, my mother called me up.
She’d been dealing with depression.
I’d called her and she was pretty overwhelmed, I told her that.
I told my mother that I was writing a book, and that it was going to be a bit of a read.
She said, ‘Don’t be a drama king.’
And then she hugged me.
I don’t know if that was the moment that broke me.
Or if it was the book that broke her.
I’m still working on that.”
I guess what I want to tell people is: I am a real person.
I am not an avatar.
“Weiss has not revealed her publisher, and her publisher did not return requests for comment from Reuters.
Weiss has been praised for her honesty, integrity and compassion, but she also has drawn criticism for what critics say is her role in creating the persona of the “real-life” actress.
Weiss wrote in the book:I feel a duty to share the truth, to explain the truth.
I have no interest in being seen as a saint.
And, in fact, I feel that as the daughter of an actress, my role as a drama star is less than noble.
She has also been called a narcissist, a liar, a con artist, a “sugar daddy,” a “bully” and a “con artist.”
Weiss says she has not spoken publicly about her mother since her mother died.
In an interview with the Washington Post, she said she didn’t tell her mother her identity until after her mother was gone, so that she could take care of her when she was ill.
She said she did tell her about her mom’s illness, though, and they never talked about her.
Weiss, whose real name is Jessica Weiss, is a New York native who grew up in Brooklyn.
She began her acting career as a teenager and performed in the National Theatre in London before landing her first role as an actor on Broadway in the 1980s.
She became a writer and playwright, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991 for her work in the play “Hitchcock.”
She won a Tony Award for her play “The Little Prince,” which won her a Tony for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical in 2001.
She also won an Emmy Award for “The Prince of Egypt.”
She wrote in her memoir that “after years of being told by myself, ‘No, you can’t be this real,’ I began to think, ‘Why am I doing this?’ “