A two-time Emmy winner known for his pioneering work scripting TV movies has died, the Associated Press reports. William Hanley was 80.
Hanley was a Broadway playwright in addition to his television work. He won Emmys for the TV movies "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank," in 1988, and "Something About Amelia," in 1984.
"Amelia," which aired on ABC, broke ground by dealing with parental sexual abuse. The production starred Ted Danson as a doting father exposed as having sexually abused his daughter, with Glenn Close playing the mother. The drama also won Emmys for outstanding drama special and for Roxanne Zal, who played the abused child, the story notes.
Hanley also wrote a number of novels, and penned the script for the 1969 feature “The Gypsy Moths.”
He received a total of seven Emmy nominations, most recently for “The Kennedys of Massachusetts,” in 1990.