Who is Elissa Durwood Grodin?
Elissa Durwood Grodin is widely known as the wife of Charles Grodin, the actor familiar from “Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway, popular movies like “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven” and numerous television appearances, who died on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn.
Elissa and Charles had a “meet cute” that seemed plucked from the pages of a Hollywood rom-com. While working as a freelance journalist for American Film Magazine, she interviewed Charles, who asked her out, per Huffington Post. In fact, he did more than that; he asked her to marry him on the spot.
“I was expecting it. I know it sounds weird, but there you go. We were star-crossed,” she told HuffPost.
“We really hit it off. It was a deep connection. So in a way, it was life imitating art, imitating fiction.”
They were wed a year later in 1983, and the spark never gave out.
How old is Elissa Durwood Grodin?
Elissa Durwood Grodin is believed to be her late 70s.
Elissa Durwood Grodin Bio, Wiki
Durwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the fourth of six children, and attended Antioch and Dartmouth colleges. Writing as Elissa D Grodin, she is the author of such books as Death By Hitchcock, Physics Can Be Fatal, and The Happy Prince.
Death By Hitchcock is a murder mystery that was published in 2014.
A description of the novel states: “Physics and film seemingly have few academic features in common.
“However, when local siren Bunny Baldwin, a student in the Film Studies Department at Cushing College, is found strangled to death on opening night of the Hitchcock Film Festival, Physics professor Edwina Goodwin puts on her detecting hat.
“Using her scientific sleuthing skills to assist her almost-boyfriend Police Detective Will Tenney, the pair work together to investigate the campus murder.”
Charles Grodin Wife Elissa Durwood Grodin
Charles’ first marriage, to Julie Ferguson, ended in divorce. In 1983 he married Elissa Durwood, who survives him, along with his son, who is from his second marriage; a daughter from his first marriage, the comedian Marion Grodin; and a granddaughter.
Elissa Durwood Grodin’s late husband, Charles Grodin, was known for his prolific career, but her father may have had an even bigger impact on the film industry. Her dad was Stan Durwood — the founder of AMC Entertainment — who was widely credited with creating the modern multiplex theater, per Huffington Post. Elissa said one of the fondest memories of her childhood was being able to see countless movies for free, per The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle.
Elissa continued writing throughout her 30-year marriage to Charles. She became a novelist and wrote six children’s books before crossing over to murder-mystery in 2012 with “Physics Can Be Fatal,” per KCJC. The heroine of that book is the character Edwina Goodman, who Elissa said was loosely based on herself. “My protagonist is my total alter-ego,” she told The Wilton Bulletin in June 2012. “I couldn’t pass geometry, but she’s a theoretical physicist.”
She continued the adventures of Edwina in multiple more murder-mystery books (via Amazon).
Charles Grodin Children
Grodin and wife Elissa shared a son, Nicholas. The actor had previously had a daughter Marion with first wife Julia Ferguson.
Charles Grodin Net Worth
Even after blockbuster success, Charles “continued to live in his small studio apartment,” per Hamlet Hub. Elissa finally convinced her beau to give up New York City, and the two moved to Connecticut. Though they didn’t fully let go. In 2006, the Grodins bought a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Manhattan.
Per Dirt, the couple listed the Upper West Side apartment in 2018 with a hefty price tag of $3.2 million.
Charles Grodin Cause of Death
Grodin died in Wilton, Connecticut, from bone marrow cancer, his son, Nicholas reaveled. He was 86 years old at the time of death.
With a great sense of deadpan comedy and the kind of Everyman good looks that lend themselves to playing businessmen or curmudgeonly fathers, Mr. Grodin found plenty of work as a supporting player and the occasional lead. He also had his own talk show for a time in the 1990s and was a frequent guest on the talk shows of others, making 36 appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and more than 40 on David Letterman’s NBC and CBS shows combined.
One time backstage at Letterman, I dropped a glass coffee pot & it smashed in a million pieces & I said, “Oh my god, I’m such an idiot.” I did not know Charles Grodin was behind me & he said “Lots of people are going to call you an idiot in this business. Don’t be one of ‘em!”
— Caissie (@Caissie) May 18, 2021
Mr. Grodin was a writer as well, with a number of plays and books to his credit.
Mr. Grodin, who dropped out of the University of Miami to pursue acting, had managed to land a smattering of stage and television roles when, in 1962, he received his first big break, landing a part in a Broadway comedy called “Tchin-Tchin,” which starred Anthony Quinn and Margaret Leighton.
He grew up in Pittsburgh and tried the University of Pittsburgh, thinking he might want to be a journalist. But he soon rejected that idea.