So, I had the idea to call the blog The Jennifer Papers. It’s safe to say that someone named Jennifer readily suggested The Jennifer Chronicles, but I’m not sure which Jennifer it was. I just know it wasn’t me or a famous Jennifer. The name was a nod to the late Wendy Wassterstein‘s play The Heidi Chronicles. It came out in 1988 when a bunch of Gen Xers were in high school and college.
The plot follows Heidi Holland from high school in the 1960s to her career as a successful art historian more than twenty years later. The play’s main themes deal with the changing role of women during this time period, describing both Heidi’s ardent feminism during the 1970s and her eventual sense of betrayal during the 1980s. Though most of the characters are women, there are two important male characters; Peter Patrone, a gay pediatrician who is arguably Heidi’s best friend, and Scoop Rosenbaum, a magazine editor who marries and has many affairs, and with whom Heidi has a tense friendship.
The Jennifers and I really thought this blog would be a fun adventure and a big hit. We created a cool header and a draft site, but we never launched it. Blogging can be risky and requires such a huge commitment.
So far, one of the highlights has been how many nuances of Generation X are revealed through stories and pictures of women named Jennifer. Here are all the Jennifers I could find who’ve graced covers of Seventeen Magazine. Most of them are Gen Xers.
Row 1: Jennifer O’Neill (January and October 1966) Jennifer Connelly (1986, 1987)
Row 2: Jennifer Connelly (1987, 1987, 1988) Jennifer Love Hewitt (1997).
Row 3: Jennifer Aniston (2000) Jennifer Lopez (2001); Jennifer Lawrence (2012) Jenny Williams (2012)
Who’s your favorite famous Jennifer?