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Jewish screenwriter pens 'kosher' vampires for 'Twilight'

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Kristen Stewart stars as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson stars as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Kimberley French

Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of “The Twilight Saga,” is 6 feet tall with straight blonde hair, a pale complexion and a long, slim nose. Not exactly the most ethnic mien imaginable.

“I don’t look particularly Jewish,” she says sheepishly. “But I have a very Jewish name.”

Her name – Rosenberg – has been strangely, if not surprisingly, advantageous to her career. Back in the 1990s, when she was first looking for an agent, one interested agency made an incorrect assumption about her that proved fortunate. “They said, ‘We just made a deal for your mother,’ and I was thinking, ‘You guys are good. [My mother] has been dead 10 years.’ Then I realized they thought I was Joan Rivers’ daughter, who at the time was Melissa Rosenberg.”

For more, see the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, http://www.jewishjournal.com/cover_story/article/jewish_screenwriter_newmoon_vampires_twilight_melissa_rosenberg_20091111/

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