Mary Rodgers Guettel, who followed gently in the footsteps of her famous father, Richard Rodgers, when she helped turn the Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Princess And The Pea into the musical that launched Carol Burnett’s career, died Thursday of heart failure in New York. She was 83.
In addition to Once Upon A Mattress, Rodgers also earned fame as the author of Freaky Friday, a young readers’ novel in which a teen switches bodies with her mother. Rodgers adapted the 1972 book for the 1976 film starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster. It was remade for TV in 1995 with Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman starring and again as a 2003 feature film with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.