I graduated from Brown U and made a beeline to NYC where my first play was produced to favorable reviews in papers like "The NY Post". This got me my first agent, Rick Leed, who left his agency to become producer of hit movies/shows like "Home Improvement' and "Where the Heart Is."(At which point I signed with Gersh.)
After being accepted into the P&G Writer Development program for daytime drama I began writing for CBS/NBC in my early 20's and received 7 Emmy nominations and a WGA award for my scripts for CBS and NBC. I moved from NYC to Ct to takeover headwriting the hit show "As The World Turns" from my beloved boss and mentor, Doug Marland, but he died tragically before papers could be signed (see Wikipedia and IMDB) I went to "Days" as a contract writer the next week, and happily wrote an hour script and/or breakdown every week, 50 weeks a year for almost 20 years. Then I went to the E.R. one night with a headache, was misdiagnosed, and the treatment almost killed me and led to 50 surgeries. I spend about a dozen years in and out of hospitals fighting for my life.
On the upside, I wrote a script a year, went through 3 different agents, who were always eager to sign me but never made a deal. This was after my long time Gersh agent dropped my in an email while I was undergoing a 36 hour surgery to give me a new artificial spine. I was the first patient to survive. I continued to beat the odds medically, was brought back from death about ten times. (My surgeon is convinced I'm too stubborn (and too talented) to die before I win an Oscar.
All that time in the hospital, afforded me a chance to watch every TV show and movie that came out. And after becoming a one woman focus group, I vowed I if and when I finally got home, I'd write the kind of show I want to see no one else is writing. With strong, smart female leads and topical and timeless stories. And diverse casts and stories.
I also started teaching writing from my hospital bed in 2009 when word got out a famous writer was in ICU. I've continued til today, presently have 8 students who come to me one day a week. And even though I need the money, they always seem to need it more, so I don't charge for my time or lessons and have a large family of present and past students who still work with me today.
Since coming home in 2014, with several finished scripts, I wrote an original 1 hr comedy for TV, to star hip hop artist and friend, Chris Webby, about the opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Ct. My soap background served me well, this show has a dozen characters you'll love or love to hate, who all have recurring, topical or timeless story.
"Grass" came close 3 times to being produced. I finally rewrote the pilot as 3 webisodes that could be shot for nothing and you can see "The Grass is Always Greener" webisodes I shot with students on my IMDB page. It now has a new producer interested and I'm waiting to hear.
I also have a feature in development, "The Red Hourglass" that is having a table read at my entertainment lawyer's office end of March 2018. And interest in 3 other projects. "The Easy Way" - a 1 hr TV drama and psychological thriller - based on a book I optioned about secrets that lie behind the surface of scions of society in the world of polo, 1960.
In between hospital stays I had a staged reading of a play I co-wrote at Urban Stages. And another table read at NYWIFT after winning a contest for my feature "Tick". "Grass" place in the finals of the Screencraft Pilot Launch Contest. And "The EasY Way" won best crime/mystery in another competition. My feature Blue Balls was chosen for a reading at NATAS.
I've also worked with director Allen Coulter, co-created a 1 hr comedy for Nickolodeon and did a sizzle reel more recently for Oxygen. I'm now hoping to interest Lifetime in a ltd series I wrote. "Big Little Lies" meets "Thelma & Louise."
I optioned a book called "The Easy Way" about a lawyer who comes to NYC from Milwaukee with a suitcase full of secrets in 1960 (the night "Psycho" opens and JFK walks off the Jack Paar show) and adapted it for TV. It poses this question: Is sleeping with a socialite to get her husband's biz the easy way to the top or will it be our protagonist's downfall when he falls for their daughter? But wait, when he looks at the daughter is that love or dollar signs we see in his eyes. It's an age old story - that all the money in the world can't buy the two things that matters most - love and happiness.
I have experience writing for the small screen and the big screen. I just love to write stories. And I'm good at spinning tales that end and those that go on for years. I have taught writing at NYU and Brown. And I've judged contests for the WGA East.
I have had 3 plays produced Off Broadway and in regional theatre. I have had over 20 years of scripts aired on network TV and my work is in the Museum of TV in NYC. I have written several screenplays for hire. And I currently have 4 original scripts being shopped.
I am a member of the WGA, East, the DGA, NYWIFT and NATAS.