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Shelley Steinmann List ’51

Shelley Steinman List ’51, of ovarian cancer, May 22, 1996, in New York, New York. She lived in Venice, California and was a television script writer and producer. After graduating from Reed, she earned a master’s degree in English literature from Teachers’ College of Columbia University. She began her career as a theatre reviewer and feature writer for newspapers in Connecticut. In 1972, she published her first novel, Did You Love Daddy When I Was Born? A second novel, Nobody Makes Me Cry, was published in 1975. She moved to California to try her hand at television writing and sold a script which was made into the 1979 movie And Baby Makes Six, an NBC-TV production starring Colleen Dewhurst. Beginning in the ’80s, she and her husband, Jonathan Estrin, worked together to write and produce many television mini-series and situation comedies. From 1986 to 1988, they were supervising producers for Cagney and Lacey, a popular television series about two women police detectives. The couple received the Scott Newman Award at the 1987 Emmy Awards ceremony for a script they wrote for the series that dealt with alcoholism. In 1991, they received the prestigious Writers’ Guild Award for their pilot script for the television series Sisters. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, two brothers, a stepson, and a grandson.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1996

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