Janet Maslin Biography
Janet Maslin is an American journalist. She is best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times. From 1977 to 1999, she served as a Times film critic and a book critic from 2000 to 2015.
Janet Maslin Age
She was born Janet R. Maslin on August 12, 1949, in New York City, U.S. Maslin is 69 years.
Janet Maslin Spouse(s)
Janet has been married twice. First, she was married to Jon Landau. She later married Benjamin Cheever in 1981. Cheever is an American writer and editor.
Janet Maslin Education and career
In 1970 Janet graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in mathematics. Maslin began her career as a rock music critic for The Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone. Serving from 1977 to 1999 she was the longtime film critic for The New York Times.
Ms. Maslin was the newspaper’s second-string critic from 1977-1993, playing the wisecracking kid sister to the poker-faced Vincent Canby in those years. Now, after six years in the No. 1 job, she sounded a little burned out. “I just turned 50,” she said. “That may have had something to do with it. Ever heard of the phrase ‘midlife crisis’?”
Her film-criticism career, including her embrace of American independent cinema, is discussed in the documentary film For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism in 2009. In the film, Entertainment Weekly critic Lisa Schwarzbaum recalls the excitement of having a woman as the lead reviewer at The New York Times.
She continues to review books for The New York Times. Among the best-known of her reviews is the 2011 essay on the widowed Joyce Carol Oates’ memoir, A Widow’s Story, which was widely discussed.
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