The Life and Loves of a She-Devil


The Life and Loves of a She-Devil is a 1983 novel by British feminist author Fay Weldon about a woman who, when she finds out she is being betrayed by her husband, goes to great lengths to take revenge on him and his lover.

The novel was filmed twice: in 1986 as a television mini-series and, more famously but less true to the book, in 1989 just entitled She-Devil, starring Roseanne Barr as the "she-devil" and Meryl Streep as her victim.

  1986 mini-series 1989 movie
length 4 x 60 mins. 100 mins.
screenplay by Ted Whitehead Barry Strugatz
directed by Philip Saville Susan Seidelman
Ruth Patchett Julie T. Wallace Roseanne Barr
Bobbo / Bob Dennis Waterman Ed Begley Jr.
Mary Fisher Patricia Hodge Meryl Streep

Paperback editions of the novel were issued in 1993 by Ballantine Books, New York ( ISBN 0345323750 ) and by Sceptre, London ( ISBN 0340589353 ).