Sunday, November 27, 2011

Irving Elman Dead at 96, Former Writer At GENERAL HOSPITAL & SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

Irving Elman, who was a Broadway playwright and a writer and producer for movies and television, died Nov. 22 in La Jolla, California, of cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 96.

Elman wrote a number of Broadway ("The Brass Ring", "The First Million") and Off-Broadway plays as well as eight screenplays during his career. He wrote for numerous primetime shows (POLICE WOMAN, THE RIFLEMAN) during his career. He was nominated for two Emmys for his work on SLATTERY'S PEOPLE.

With his wife Mildren ("Tex"), Elman was head writer of the daytime soaps SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1976-1977) and GENERAL HOSPITAL (1977).

The couple was married 60 years when Tex died in 2006.

In his later years, Elman authored five published books: "So You Want to Be a Scriptwriter and Make a Million Dollars?," "Abe Lincoln's Doctor's Dog," "Bells on Her Toes," "A Tango in Time" and "Sherlock Holmes: The Naked Truth."

He is survived by two sons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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