Context


Rumors was written during a period of intense personal misery for its author, Neil Simon, who at the time of writing was already a famous and successful dramatist. Prior to completing the play, one of his daughters from an early marriage with the dancer Joan Baim (dead at 32 of cancer) lost her husband in a car crash. Simon had also married for the second time since Baim’s death, and was divorced again. He and the much younger Diane Lander had met at a Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, where she was working the cosmetics counter. The couple married in 1987, but the marriage would last only a

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