'Mr. Goodbar' Author Rossner Dies

Judith Rossner is shown in this Oct. 17, 1977, file photo. Rossner, whose hugely successful novel "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" was made into a movie starring Diane Keaton, died Tuesday night, Aug. 9, 2005. She was 70. (AP Photo/Christopher Littlefield, File) AP

Author Judith Rossner, whose hugely successful novel "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" was made into a movie starring Diane Keaton, has died, her family said Wednesday. She was 70.

Rossner died Tuesday night at NYU Medical Center. The cause was not immediately determined, said her brother-in-law, Rayner Pike, a retired Associated Press writer.

"Mr. Goodbar," which came out in 1975, was based loosely on the 1973 murder of a Roman Catholic schoolteacher in New York City who frequented singles bars.

"The sureness of Judith Rossner's writing and her almost flawless sense of timing create a complex and chilling portrait of a woman's descent into hell that gives this book considerable literary merit," The New York Times wrote.
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