Saturday, November 06, 2010

Changing Definitions of Young & Middle Aged

Jill Clayburgh died today. One of her most notable roles was that of recent divorcee in the movie An Unmarried Women. In that movie was coming out of marriage after being married for 16 years. The character marries out high school, has children at least some of whom get to high school by the time marriage breaks up. In the 19th century most marriages ended after 25 years, people would die. She was 34 when the movie was made in 1978. Now the age of first marriages for upper middle class couples is the middle thirties. Take look at the wedding announcements at the NY Times.

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