It appears unclear if Lonstein knew exactly who she was talking to at the time, but after a short conversation, she gave her phone number to the comedian, sparking a relationship that would begin around her high school graduation and end right after her college one.
The story of Jerry and Shoshanna is probably best told in a “The Game of Love,” published in March of 1994, which is positioned from the perspective of the world having taught itself to accept their romance.
“When Jerry Seinfeld fell for 17-year-old Shoshanna Lonstein, cynics snickered,” the subheadline reads.
“No more.”And yet, the article mostly focuses on Seinfeld’s quest to justify dating a woman 21 years younger than him. Schneider recounts an interview Seinfeld did with Howard Stern, in which Stern, as he would, jokes about Seinfeld being the sort of boogeyman in a windowless van that parents warn little children about.
Scans of the story contain three photos of the couple.
In one, Seinfeld and Lonstein—who looks very much like a high school student—appear swarmed by photographers, with Seinfeld wearing a face of quiet but distinct terror.
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His sitcom, which was on its way to becoming one of the most celebrated shows in television history, won an Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Comedy Series” for the first and only time.
Within weeks after their first date, friends and neighbors grew accustomed to the sight of the Seinfeld limousine idling outside the Upper East Side luxury apartment building where Lonstein lives with her 15-year-old brother, David, and her parents, Zachary, a wealthy computer-store owner, and Betty, a home-maker.
For months now, Seinfeld and Lonstein have quietly gone about the business of getting to know one another.
In October of 1998, Seinfeld met Jessica Sklar, the woman who would become his wife, at a gym near his apartment in New York.
(There was drama there as well: Four months prior to meeting Seinfeld, Sklar herself had gotten married to Eric Nederlander, the son of very wealthy theatre magnate Robert Nederlander.