Wassterstein reported seriously ill

Dec. 2, 2005 at 11:35 AM

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein was reported seriously ill in a New York hospital Friday.

A source close to Wasserstein said the 55-year-old single mother was diagnosed with leukemia and has not been able to receive chemotherapy because of an infection, the New York Daily News reported.

"There's a percentage chance of survival," the source said, "and our hope is that she can fight this off. But it's very serious."

Wasserstein won a 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for "The Heidi Chronicles."

Her eighth play to be staged in New York is "Third," starring Dianne Wiest.

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