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Born: May 18, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, story editor, high school English teacher

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TV writer from the realm of public broadcasting turned successful writer-producer for CBS primetime. Getting her feet wet in TV production with the New York City PBS station WNET, English chalked up her first notable writing achievement when she penned an adaptation of Ursula LeGuin's science-fiction classic, "The Lathe of Heaven". She later wrote several other TV-movies ("Her Life as a Man" 1984, "Classified Love" 1986) before creating her first CBS comedy series, "Foley Square". The show lasted only half a season, but English had slightly more success with her second sitcom, the similarly slender if equally amiable "My Sister Sam". Proving the old adage that "the third time's the charm", she finally hit the jackpot with the acclaimed and popular "Murphy Brown". Spotlighting the working and private lives of a successful TV newswoman (Candice Bergen), the show drew obvious parallels with English's own high-profile media career and afforded her more than ample opportunities to showcase her gifts for creating both farce and satire. Married to producing partner Joel Shukovsky.

TV writer from the realm of public broadcasting turned successful writer-producer for CBS primetime. Getting her feet wet in TV production with the New York City PBS station WNET, English chalked up her first notable writing achievement when she penned an adaptation of Ursula LeGuin's science-fiction classic, "The Lathe of Heaven". She later wrote several other TV-movies ("Her Life as a Man" 1984, "Classified Love" 1986) before creating her first CBS comedy series, "Foley Square". The show lasted only half a season, but English had slightly more success with her second sitcom, the similarly slender if equally amiable "My Sister Sam". Proving the old adage that "the third time's the charm", she finally hit the jackpot with the acclaimed and popular "Murphy Brown". Spotlighting the working and private lives of a successful TV newswoman (Candice Bergen), the show drew obvious parallels with English's own high-profile media career and afforded her more than ample opportunities to showcase her gifts for creating both farce and satire. Married to producing partner Joel Shukovsky.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Women (2008)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Inside TV Land: The Pitch (2001) Interviewee
3.
 Hollywood's Most Powerful Women (1995) Interviewee
5.
 Laughing Matters (1993)
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1970:
Taught high school English and drama for a year after graduating from college
1971:
Moved to NYC and worked as a story editor for the public television station WNET
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Penned a monthly column for <i>Vogue</i> magazine
1980:
Wrote PBS's first full-length TV-movie, "The Lathe of Heaven"
1984:
Scripted the premiere episode ABC's series, "Call to Glory"
1985:
Produced the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Foley Square" (also wrote)
1986:
Writer and producer on the CBS sitcom "My Sister Sam"
1988:
Created and executive produced the popular CBS sitcom, "Murphy Brown" (also wrote); left after the fourth season
1992:
Created and executive produced the CBS series "Love & War"
1992:
Formed Shukovsky-English Entertainment with husband Joel Shukovsky
1995:
Created and wrote for the short-lived CBS sitcom "Double Rush"
1998:
Returned to "Murphy Brown" (CBS) to write the series finale
2008:
Made directorial debut with the remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce, "The Women" (also produced and scripted)
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Education

Nardin Academy: Buffalo , New York -
Buffalo State College: Buffalo , New York - 1970

Notes

Having already received media attention for "Murphy Brown", English really found herself in the spotlight in 1992 when Vice President Dan Quayle attacked the series because he considered its dramatization of a woman opting to have a baby outside of marriage a blatant disregard for what he termed "family values". English responded with some stern criticism of her own regarding the legitimacy of many kinds of single-parent and alternative families, most notably in her 1992 Emmy Award acceptance speech for "Outstanding Comedy Series".

English is a recipient of the "Genie" Award given by the American Women in Radio and Television.

He is a recipient of the Media Access Award.

Recipient, Torch of Liberty Award, given by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California for significant contribution to the understanding and expansion of civil rights; award shared with Ed Bennett, president of music video channel VH-1 (1992)

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husband:
Joel Shukovsky. Producer; former graphic designer. Co-executive producer of sitcom "Murphy Brown"; English's partner in Shukovsky-English Productions.

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father:
Richard English. Electrical engineer. Alcoholic; divorced from English's mother.
mother:
Anne. Divorced from English's father; remarried.
brother:
Rick English. Baptist minister.

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