Judy Blume

Judy Blume (born Judy Sussman) was born on February 12, 1938. Her parents were Rudolph and Esther Sussman.

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with the exception of two years in Miami Beach, Florida. When she was in third grade, her brother David became ill with a kidney infection so Judy, David, and their mother moved there hoping that the warm climate would help David's health.

Judy graduated from Battin High School, then enrolled to Boston University but she became sick with mononucleosis after only two weeks and had to leave school.

Judy married John Blume after her junior year in college on August 15, 1959. They had two children: Randy Lee, an airline pilot, was born in 1961, and Lawrence Andrew, a filmmaker, was born in 1963. Judy and John Blume were divorced in 1975. In 1976, she married Thomas A. Kitchens; they were divorced in 1978. In 1987, she married George Cooper, with whom she has one stepdaughter Amanda. Judy Blume is now sixty years old.

Judy Blume enjoys movies, theater, reading, dancing, needlepoint, and baseball, especially the New York Mets.

1998, by Cathy, third grade

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