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Writer Lucy Grealy on Finding Her Face.

Lucy Grealy had cancer in her jaw as a child, for which she underwent 5 years of treatment. The surgery and other therapy left her disfigured. Over the next 15 years she had about 30 reconstructive operations. Her memoir Autobiography of a Face is about her illness, and about the pain from feeling ugly, which she says made cancer seems minor in comparison. Her memoir is expanded from an article which won a National Magazine Award when it was published in Harpers. (Originally aired 9/26/94)


Other segments from the episode on August 11, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 11, 1995: Interview with Lucy Grealy; Interview with Edmund White; Review of the film "Clueless."


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