TIME‘s senior reporter, Andrea Sachs, profiles one of the most successful women in entertainment – although you may have never heard of her. Carol Leifer [r], is a popular standup comedian, and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for work on Seinfeld, Larry Sanders, and Saturday Night Live.
In the TIME interview, Leifer  talks about her new book When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, her 12-year relationship with her female partner, Lori Wolf [l] and their adopted three-year-old son.
“We made a very late-in-life decision to adopt. I was 50 when we adopted him [Bruno], and Laurie was 43. I have to say that it’s awfully strange to get Parents magazine in the mail along with AARP magazine, but it has really been an amazing thing. I never thought I was going to have children. I just thought after 45, that was it. But I like the surprises in life… I never thought about having kids at 30, but I think I’m a much better mom now at 52 than I ever thought I could be. The pace of this age is really good and fits well with a child, especially because we have a lot in common, my son Bruno and I. We both like books with large print, and napping is always on the agenda.”
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