The Writers Guild just announced that 4-time Emmy-winning TV comedy writer Allan Manings, a former WGAW VP and Board of Directors member and co-creator of the long-running sitcom One Day At A Time, died of a heart attack last Wednesday in Beverly Hills after recently undergoing cancer surgery. He was 86. From McHale’s Navy to Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, to Good Times, to One Day At A Time, Manings showed he could please all audiences. In 1997, he received the WGAW’s prestigious Morgan Cox Award for longtime service to the Guild, presented to members “whose vital ideas, continuing efforts, and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild.” He continued writing into his later years. His most recent play, Goodbye Louie…Hello, a dramedy exploring the impact of Hollywood’s Blacklist (in real life it forced him to seek refuge in Canada), is set to be produced this fall by Theatre West in LA.
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