Iris Rainer Dart

Iris Rainer Dart (born March 3, 1944) is an American author and playwright for television and the stage. Her most notable novel is Beaches, which was made into a 1988 film of the same name. She has also written several stage musicals as well as for television shows, such as The Sonny and Cher Show. She voiced Peter Cottontail's love interest, Donna in the stop-motion Easter classic, Here Comes Peter Cottontail.

Early life

Rainer Dart was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was an actress as a youth with the Curtaineers, an inter-racial theater group at the Settlement house, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and The White Barn Theatre. She also went to classes at the Pittsburgh Playhouse as a child.[1] She graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1962 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2009.[2] She is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in theater.[1]


In an interview (Summer 2007), when asked the question:"Has the Jewish cultural dynamic in your upbringing influenced what and how you write?", Dart replied "Unquestionably. I grew up in a household where both my parents were immigrants – my mother from Russia, father from Lithuania – and they spoke more Yiddish in my house than English, so it was just a [sic] completely a part of who I was."[3]

Dart has written nine novels, including Beaches.[1] She wrote for The Sonny and Cher Show variety show in the 1970s.[1] She got the idea to write about a woman "loosely based on 'the no holds barred outrageous person' that she found in Cher. The character became "Cee Cee Bloom" in her ...novel Beaches later made into the iconic film of the same name starring Bette Midler."[4]

She wrote the book and lyrics for the 2009 stage musical, Laughing Matters, for the Pasadena Playhouse, California.[5] Her next work is the Roundabout Theatre Broadway production of her new musical, The People in the Picture, opening on April 28, 2011 and closing on June 19, 2011, and starring Donna Murphy.[6]

Personal life

She was married to rock concert promoter Steve Wolf until they divorced in 1977 (less than half a year before he was murdered when robbers broke into his house). She is currently married to Stephen Dart, a California businessman. She has two adult children, a son (by Wolf) and a daughter (by Dart), and two grandchildren.[4]


Source: Fiction Database[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 BWW News Desk."Donna Murphy to Return to Broadway in 'The People In The Picture'", October 31, 2010
  2. Hecht, Steve (August 27, 2009). "Comedian Marty Allen part of Allderdice's first hall class". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. "Interview:Iris Rainer Dart"Jewish Women International, Summer 2007 issue, accessed January 26, 2011
  4. 1 2 BWW News Desk."Iris Rainer Dart To Be Honored By Allerdice High School as Inaugural Inductees Into the School's New Hall of Fame 9/24", August 20, 2009
  5. Ng, David. "Pasadena Playhouse caps 2009 season with 'Laughing Matters'" Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2009
  6. BWW News Desk. "Donna Murphy to Return to Broadway in 'The People In The Picture'", October 31, 2010
  7. "Book Lists, Iris Rainer Dart", accessed January 26, 2011

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