The War of the Roses tells the story of a husband and wife, played by Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, who both want a divorce after a long marriage but cannot compromise on parting with their home.
Author, Warren Adler, and attorney, Raoul Felder, joined FOLCS for a screening and discussion.
Warren Adler is the author of 30 books, including five collections of short stories and 25 novels. Two of his books, the cult classic The War of the Roses and Random Hearts, have been major movies, and his Sunset Gang story collection about retirees in Florida was adapted as an acclaimed trilogy on PBS. Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Adler is a graduate of Brooklyn Tech and NYU. During his Army service he was the Washington Correspondent for Armed Forces Press Service. Before he turned to full-time writing, Mr. Adler had founded an advertising agency in Washington, DC, had owned broadcasting properties, and with his wife and son started the Washington Dossier, which became an important magazine in the nation’s capital. In LA he worked on the Warner Bros. lot adapting his own material. His recent collection of short stories New York Echoes is a compilation written after his return to New York City after 40 years living. His latest novel Funny Boys was published last year by Overlook Press, and deals with a tumler in a Catskill resort and the Jewish gangsters of Murder Inc. circa 1937.
Attorney & Author
Raoul Felder is an attorney and author. He has practiced matrimonial and family law for over forty years. His clients have included politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, and film and TV stars.
Prior to practicing matrimonial law, Felder was a successful prosecutor. In 1961, he was Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and, in 1964, he was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 2003, he was appointed by the Governor to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and elected its chair in 2006. He is a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, appointed by the Appellate Division.
Felder has received numerous honors and awards for law and was named one of “America’s One Hundred Most Powerful Lawyers” by the National Law Journal. He has also received honors for his many charitable and cultural causes in New York City as well as around the tri-state area. He was made Honorary Police Commissioner by the New York City Police Department. He has been a member of the board of advisors of Cop Care, a member of the board of trustees of the National Kidney Foundation, co-director of the food drive for New York City Homeless, Board of Directors to the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and member of the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, among other service commitments.
Felder has written nine books, including Bare Knuckle Negotiation; Getting Away with Murder; Divorce: The Way Things Are, Not the Way Things Should Be; Schmucks: Our Favorite Fakes, Frauds, Lowlifes, Liars, the Armed and Dangerous, and Good Guys Gone Bad; and his latest book, The Good Divorce: How to Walk Away Financially Sound and Emotionally Happy. As a columnist, his articles on both legal and non-legal issues have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, New York Post, the Daily News, Newsday, and others. He has appeared on most major television news and magazine shows, as well as hosting and co-hosting two television series.