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      Susan Harris

      Susan Harris

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      Birthday: Oct 28, 1940

      Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, USA

      Susan Harris made her name creating and producing two very different television series, one of the most controversial sitcoms of the 1970s and one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 1980s, if not all time. A native of Mount Vernon, New York, Harris got her start in television working for the short-lived road drama "Then Came Bronson" and the endearingly cheesy early 1970s anthology "Love, American Style." Harris then began working for producer Norman Lear on his boundary-pushing situation comedy "All in the Family," and later on its spin-off, "Maude." In 1972, prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade, Harris wrote an episode of "Maude" in which the title character (played by Bea Arthur) had an abortion. Harris took the lessons she learned from her time with Lear into an outrageous direction with her 1977 series "Soap." Centered on two suburban sisters, one blue-collar and one wealthy, this deadpan parody of soap opera hijinks was considered downright shocking in some circles for the way it dealt with topics like infidelity, homosexuality, murder, and other hot-button issues. In 1985, Harris returned to television with "The Golden Girls," an instant classic starring Arthur, her "Maude" co-star Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty. In 1988, Harris created a spin-off, "Empty Nest," starring former "Soap" co-stars Richard Mulligan and Dinah Manoff. Although both series were successful, recurring health problems--Harris has chronic fatigue syndrome--kept her from taking a day-to-day stewardship role in either.

      Filmography

      TV

      Credit
      38% No Score Yet The Secret Lives of Men Executive Producer,
      Writer
      1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Empty Nest Executive Producer 1993
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Writer 1985-1987 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hail to the Chief Creator,
      Writer
      1985
      No Score Yet 92% Soap Unknown (Guest Star),
      Writer,
      Executive Producer,
      Producer
      1977-1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Writer 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Writer 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Odd Couple Writer 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Life Writer 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Writer 1971