Barbara Avedon

Biography: L.A. Times Obituary, no Author Credited, 9/4/94

BARBARA AVEDON; 'CAGNEY AND LACEY' CO-CREATOR, PEACE ACTIVIST Barbara Hammer Avedon, who co-created the popular television police partnership of two women, Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey--cracking the stereotype that a series had to have male heroes to be successful--has died at the age of 64. A family spokesman said she died of cancer Wednesday (8/31/94) in Palm Springs. Ms. Avedon also was a founder of Another Mother for Peace, organized in Beverly Hills during the stormy days of the Vietnam War protest movement. The longtime screenwriter and political activist was among the first to find a voice for her feminist views on TV. The motto of Another Mother for Peace, "War Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things," became a byword for war protestors. With Barney Rosenzweig and Barbara Corday, Ms. Avedon crated single, ambitious Chris Cagney and played her off Mary Beth Lacey, a dedicated police
L.A. Times Obituary, no Author Credited, 9/4/94

BARBARA AVEDON; 'CAGNEY AND LACEY' CO-CREATOR, PEACE ACTIVIST
Barbara Hammer Avedon, who co-created the popular television police partnership of two women, Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey--cracking the stereotype that a series had to have male heroes to be successful--has died at the age of 64.
A family spokesman said she died of cancer Wednesday (8/31/94) in Palm Springs.
Ms. Avedon also was a founder of Another Mother for Peace, organized in Beverly Hills during the stormy days of the Vietnam War protest movement. The longtime screenwriter and political activist was among the first to find a voice for her feminist views on TV.
The motto of Another Mother for Peace, "War Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things," became a byword for war protestors.
With Barney Rosenzweig and Barbara Corday, Ms. Avedon crated single, ambitious Chris Cagney and played her off Mary Beth Lacey, a dedicated police officer, wife and mother. "Cagney & Lacey" was set in the grand tradition of "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid" and other male-dominated action epics, and until "Thelma & Louise" came along it was considered a singularly successful sample of women as both caring and cantankerous friends.
The series ran from 1982 until 1988, with Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in the lead roles.
Ms. Avedon also helped write two Cagney and Lacey movies of the week: "Cagney and Lacey Together Again" and "The Return." Another of her television movies was "This Girl's For Hire" in 1983.
She began as an episodic writer for "The Donna Reed Show," "Father' Knows Best" and "Bewitched."
Survivors include a son, Joshua Avedon, and brother, Bruce Hammer.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cagney & Lacey: Season 1 Mar 25, 1982 Writer tbd
tbd Bewitched: Season 5 Sep 26, 1968 Writer tbd
tbd Bewitched: Season 4 Sep 7, 1967 Writer tbd
tbd That Girl: Season 1 Sep 8, 1966 Writer tbd
tbd The Donna Reed Show: Season 8 Sep 16, 1965 Writer tbd
tbd Gidget: Season 1 Sep 15, 1965 Writer tbd
tbd Bewitched: Season 1 Sep 17, 1964 Writer 9.0
tbd The Donna Reed Show: Season 7 Sep 17, 1964 Writer tbd
tbd The Donna Reed Show: Season 6 Sep 19, 1963 Writer tbd
tbd The Donna Reed Show: Season 5 Sep 20, 1962 Writer tbd
tbd The Donna Reed Show: Season 3 Sep 15, 1960 Writer tbd
tbd Father Knows Best: Season 2 Aug 31, 1955 Writer tbd
tbd Father Knows Best: Season 1 Oct 3, 1954 Writer tbd