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Also Known As: Oliver Daffan Hailey Died: January 23, 1993
Born: July 7, 1932 Cause of Death: liver cancer
Birth Place: Pampa, Texas, USA Profession: playwright, screenwriter, journalist

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TV and stage writer who enjoyed moderate success in both fields. Hailey began as a reporter for THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS in 1957. His first play, "Hey You, Light Man!", was produced off-Broadway in 1963. Hailey had the dubious distinction of having three plays produced on Broadway only for each to close in one night. His TV credits include the soap opera satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", Rock Hudson's police commissioner drama "McMillan and Wife", "Love, Sidney" and "The Cosby Show". Hailey's only film credit was for the mild George Burns-Brooke Shields comedy, "Just You and Me, Kid" (1979).

TV and stage writer who enjoyed moderate success in both fields. Hailey began as a reporter for THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS in 1957. His first play, "Hey You, Light Man!", was produced off-Broadway in 1963. Hailey had the dubious distinction of having three plays produced on Broadway only for each to close in one night. His TV credits include the soap opera satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", Rock Hudson's police commissioner drama "McMillan and Wife", "Love, Sidney" and "The Cosby Show". Hailey's only film credit was for the mild George Burns-Brooke Shields comedy, "Just You and Me, Kid" (1979).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rich and Famous (1981) Literary Party Guest
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Spent three years in the Air Force
1957:
Worked as a reporter at DALLAS MORNING NEWS
1961:
First play, "Hey You, Light Man!", produced
1963:
"Hey You, Light Man!" premiered in NYC
1970:
First Broadway production "Father's Day"
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Served as story editor on the NBC series "McMillan and Wife"
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Wrote for the TV series, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", "McMillan and Wife", and "The Cosby Show"
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Wrote for the TV series, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", and "The Cosby Show"
1981:
Film acting debut, "Rich and Famous"
1982:
Wrote the TV-movie "Sidney Shorr" which later was developed into the NBC series "Love, Sidney"
1993:
Final play, "The World and His Wife"
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1954
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1962

Notes

Hailey had suffered with Parkinson's Disease for about ten years prior to his death.

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wife:
Elizabeth Ann Forsythe. Novelist. Married 1960; survived him.

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mother:
HallieMae Thomas. Survived him.
brother:
Thomas Hailey. Survived him.
daughter:
Elizabeth Kendall Hailey. Survived him.
daughter:
Melinda Brooke Hailey. Survived him.
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