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Susan Harris to Receive Paddy Chayefsky Award

Jan 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Television writer/producer Susan Harris has been tapped to receive the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television from the Writers Guild of America, West at the organization’s 57th annual award ceremony Feb. 19.

Named for acclaimed writer Paddy Chayefsky, the award is the guild’s highest honor given for television writing.

Ms. Harris is a veteran of the industry, with a career spanning five decades, writing for such series as “Love American Style” and “All in the Family.” Most notably, she wrote the controversial “Maude’s Abortion” episode of the latter series, for which she received a Humanitas Award.

Ms. Harris later moved to producing and created hit sitcoms “Soap,” “Benson” and “Golden Girls,” a six-time Emmy nominee for which Ms. Harris received an outstanding comedy series Emmy in 1987.

Previous recipients of the award include Steven Bochco, Jess Oppenheimer, Larry Gelbart, Rod Serling, Carl Reiner, David E. Kelley and Loring Mandel.