Rudner often includes Jewish upbringing in her act

Jewish comedienne Rita Rudner stars in her stand up 90 minute comedy show on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Coral Springs.

Known for her slow delivery and acute observations, Rudner’s first interest in show business was in dancing, growing up in the Coconut Grove section of Miami.

Rudner’s life changed drastically when her mother died of breast cancer when Rita was 13. Her father, attorney Abe Rudner, married again within a short period of time.

“I was very unhappy with my stepmother, who is not Jewish. I felt determined to become independent, so I graduated high school at age 15 and went to live in New York soon after my graduation to become a professional dancer,” said the 63-year-old Rudner in a phone conversation from her Las Vegas residence..

“I was young, brave and stupid but I found my way as a dancer. I performed in many Broadway shows, such as “Follies,” “Promises, Promises” and “Zorba,” among other musicals.”



Holocaust Survivor Band returns from Poland

Caption Holocaust Survivor Band returns from Poland

Polish-born Holocaust survivors Saul Dreier and Reuwen Sosnowicz returned home Wednesday after an unforgettable trip to Poland and Israel.

Polish-born Holocaust survivors Saul Dreier and Reuwen Sosnowicz returned home Wednesday after an unforgettable trip to Poland and Israel.

Weston philanthropist to build Holocaust rooms at Nova

Caption Weston philanthropist to build Holocaust rooms at Nova

A gift from Craig and Barbara Weiner will benefit Nova Southeastern Universty’s Alvin Sherman Library to create a new Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room.

A gift from Craig and Barbara Weiner will benefit Nova Southeastern Universty’s Alvin Sherman Library to create a new Holocaust Reflection and Resource Room.

Sherman tank on display at the Holocaust Documentation  Education Center

Caption Sherman tank on display at the Holocaust Documentation Education Center

A Sherman tank used in combat during WWII was unveiled at the Holocaust Documentation Education Center Friday at 303 North Federal Highway in Dania Beach.

A Sherman tank used in combat during WWII was unveiled at the Holocaust Documentation Education Center Friday at 303 North Federal Highway in Dania Beach.

Temple honors people where Torah is from.

Caption Temple honors people where Torah is from.

On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 5, members of Temple Beth Kodesh in Boynton Beach will recite the names of people who died in the Holocaust from Kutna Hora, Czechoslovakia, the town their Torah is from.

On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 5, members of Temple Beth Kodesh in Boynton Beach will recite the names of people who died in the Holocaust from Kutna Hora, Czechoslovakia, the town their Torah is from.

Students at Stoneman Douglas share lunch, stories with Holocaust survivors

Caption Students at Stoneman Douglas share lunch, stories with Holocaust survivors

90 Holocaust survivors gathered on Thursday for a special luncheon hosted by students at Stoneman Douglas High School.

90 Holocaust survivors gathered on Thursday for a special luncheon hosted by students at Stoneman Douglas High School.

By the time, Rudner was in her late twenties, she knew that her time as a professional dancer would be coming to a close. So, she turned her passion for dance into a passion for comedy.

“I learned and studied from the best comedians, such as Woody Allen and Jack Benny. There were not that many women who did comedy when I started, with Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers being the biggest names in the 1970s. I am shy and quiet, very different from Joan and Phyllis, and felt confident that I would have a unique style that would connect with audiences.”

Rudner’s observations of the world around her have connected to audiences both on stage and television. She has starred in HBO television comedy specials and performed often on the Johnny Carson and David Letterman late night television talk shows.

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