Millie and Anything Goes.
“She’s such a classy choice,” says
REDMOND SATRAN IS INTRIGUED by the
Redmond Satran, the New York Times
best-selling author of seven novels and co-
author of 14 nonfiction books. But it’s not
only Foster’s Broadway bona fides that
impress the writer; it’s also her 1975 birth
year. Redmond Satran had worried “that
they might pick someone, a TV or movie
star, who was a lot younger,” she says.
An actress with fewer frown lines might
have turned off the older viewers, who
couldn’t be blamed for rolling their eyes
and switching channels. “I always saw
Younger as the perfect show for moms
and teenage or 20-something daughters
to watch together,” Redmond Satran says.
“Not to spin it too seriously, but it can
open up a discussion about what things
are like now, what they were like then,
plus, if and how you can bridge the gap.”
Alice/Liza is not Redmond Satran’s
alter ego, even though there are simi-
larities. Alice lives in the fictional New
Jersey town of Homewood, which
Redmond Satran modeled after Mont-
clair. (In the show, the stand-in for Liza’s
house is in Morristown, even though
shooting took place in Little Neck,
Queens.) The character is one of dozens
of relatable female characters the author
has brought to life in her works of fic-
tion, including Babes in Captivity and
The Man I Should Have Married .
character she created for Younger and
the identity issues Alice/Liza deals with.
“The whole idea of passing—that’s
something that’s interesting to me on a lot
of levels,” she says. “As a working woman,
I always sort of felt I was passing as a
mom.” Redmond Satran has two sons and
a daughter in their 20s and 30s. “But in a
way, I always felt I was passing as a serious
professional woman, too. It’s always felt to
me on some level that trying to do every-
thing and have it all is a crock. No matter
what you do, it’s always really hard.”
Redmond Satran was well on her way
to having it all, or at least appearing to,
when she and her husband, the business
journalist Richard Satran, from whom
she is now separated, moved to Mont-
clair from Brooklyn in the mid-1980s.
Her firstborn was nearing school age,
and she had just quit her job as fashion
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