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TV Scriptwriter, Playwright Oliver Hailey Dies at 60

January 25, 1993

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Oliver Hailey, a playwright and television scriptwriter with credits including episodes of ″McMillan and Wife″ and ″The Cosby Show,″ died at home of liver cancer. He was 60.

Hailey, who also had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 10 years, died Saturday in suburban Studio City, said his wife, novelist Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey.

His 1981 made-for-TV movie ″Sidney Shorr,″ on which the series ″Love Sydney″ was based, brought Hailey an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild award.

Other television credits included episodes of ″Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman″ and ″Family.″

His plays included ″Who’s Happy Now,″ ″Father’s Day,″ ″For the Use of the Hall,″ ″The Father″ and ″Where She Goes Nobody Knows.″

Born in Texas and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Hailey was among a handful of regional playwrights who achieved acclaim in Los Angeles and other cities while finding doom in New York, where three of his plays closed quickly.

His works often focused on the dark and humorous sides of families and personal relationships.

A reading of his last play, ″The World and His Wife,″ was held at the Tamarind Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, a day after his death.

Hailey began his writing career as a reporter at Dallas newspapers, where he met his wife. The couple lived and wrote in New York City, coming to Los Angeles in 1967 for his production of ″Who’s Happy Now,″ part of the premiere year of the Mark Taper Forum. That play later was shown on PBS television.

Hailey is survived by his wife, two daughters, a brother and his mother.

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