This September would have marked Ann Richards‘ 80th birthday. Instead, the life of the Baylor alum and former Texas governor was cut short by cancer in 2006.
But her legacy lives on, most recently in a one-person play, “Ann,” which debuted on Broadway last weekend. Written by and starring Holland Taylor (perhaps best known as the mother on Two and a Half Men), “Ann” received favorable reviews following its opening Thursday. [Click here to see video from "Ann."]
Taylor spent four years researching and writing the play, as detailed in this New York Times story. In three parts, Taylor-as-Richards recounts her life growing up in Texas, relives a day as governor (one of four Baylor graduates to have governed Texas), and her life out of office.
Richards, BA ’54, is also the subject of a new book by Jan Reid. Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards benefits from the author’s long friendship with Richards, retelling her entire life story, from growing up in Waco through her final years.
Sic ’em, Gov. Richards!