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Erma Bombeck
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    (February 21, 1927-April 22, 1996)
    Birth name was Erma Louis Fiste
    Wrote the syndicated newspaper column ‘At Wit's End'
    Author of ‘The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank,' ‘Just Wait Till You Have Children,' ‘I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression' and ‘If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?'
    Her first newspaper job was writing obituaries.
    She found motherhood exhausting.
    She was known as the voice of the American housewife.
    She wrote and produced the television series ‘Maggie' which was cancelled after eight weeks.
    She worked two full time jobs to pay for university.
    She had a degree in English.
    She adopted her first child after being told she'd never have children, only to have two more children naturally.
    She left her first job as a newspaper columnist to raise her children.
    She took a huge risk writing columns poking fun at motherhood and housework in a time when women were praised for enjoying the drudgery of their life.
    She was a breast cancer survivor.
    She died of complications after having a kidney transplant.

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