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Mary Rodgers, author of Freaky Friday, is dead at 83

Mary Rodgers, author of the classic children's book Freaky Friday, has died at 83, The Independent reports.

The author passed away on Thursday at her New York home after suffering from an illness.

Rodgers' best-selling novel, published in 1972, told the now-classic tale of a mother and daughter who switch bodies. Freaky Friday has been made into a film twice — once in 1976 and again in 2003. Rodgers wrote three sequels to the novel: A Billion for Boris, Summer Switch, and Freaky Monday.

Rodgers was also the daughter of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame. She is survived by her sister as well as four children, including her son Adam Guettel, who won a Tony Award for scoring The Light in the Piazza.