Ilene Beckerman

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Ilene Beckerman
Born1935 (age 85–86)
Known forLove, Loss, and What I Wore (1995)

Ilene Beckerman (born 1935) is an American writer, who was not published until she was 60 years old, and a former advertising agency executive. She is best known for her first book Love, Loss, and What I Wore, published in 1995, which in 2008 became a successful play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on her book.

Early life[edit]

Ilene Beckerman was born in 1935,[1] and grew up in Manhattan in the 1940s and 1950s.[2]


Beckerman did not start her career as a writer until she was almost 60 years old, after having risen to become vice-president of an advertising agency.[3][2] Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times', and Ladies' Home Journal.[3]

In 1995, at the age of 60, Beckerman published Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which Publishers Weekly called a " "captivating little pictorial autobiography for adults ... a wry commentary on the pressures women constantly face to look good".[2][1]

In 2011, she published, The Smartest Woman I Know, an account of her life with her grandmother, Ettie Goldberg, who she lived with after her mother died.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Personal life[edit]

When she was 12 years old, her mother died, and she went to live in Manhattan with her grandparents, who ran a candy store on Madison Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets.[4]

In 1955, aged 20 years, Beckerman married her Boston sociology professor, 17 years her senior.[2] The marriage was short-lived and ended in divorce. She married again, and had six children, one of whom died in infancy, and eventually divorced.[2]

Beckerman lives in Bethlehem Township, New Jersey, with her husband Stanley.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Ilene Beckerman". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Nonfiction Book Review: Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman, Author Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $14.95 (164p) ISBN 978-1-56512-111-9". Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Ilene Beckerman - Workman Publishing". Workman Publishing. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Ilene Beckerman of Bethlehem Township writes memoir of her Jewish grandmother". Retrieved 29 November 2017.