Television Pioneer Who Formed One of Hollywood’s First Female Producing Teams Dies at 84

Jun 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A TV pioneer who formed one of Hollywood’s first female producing teams has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lillian Gallo, 84, died June 6 of Alzheimer’s disease.

Gallo produced the 1974 television film "The Stranger Who Looks Like Me," which starred Meredith Baxter, and 1975’s "Hustling," which starred Jill Clayburgh, who was nominated for an Emmy in her role as a prostitute, the story says.

In 1978, Gallo partnered with screenwriter Fay Kanin to create their pioneering producing team. They made only one film together, the 1980 telefilm "Fun and Games," which starred Valerie Harper, the piece notes.

“Though they enjoyed working together, they were really bucking the times,” explained author Mollie Gregory, whose work documents the emergence of women as producers in Hollywood. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gregory said: “Lillian told me that people found it shocking to be on the set with two women producers."

Gallo’s last credit was on the 1980 telefilm "I Know What You Did," which starred Rosanna Arquette as an attorney.

Gallo first came to Hollywood in the 1950s to work on "The Frank Sinatra Show," and was mentored by William Self at 20th Century Fox Television, where she worked on shows such as "Batman" and "Peyton Place," the piece notes.

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