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Also Known As: Blanche Hanalis Wodin Died: July 27, 1992
Born: December 11, 1915 Cause of Death: lengthy illness
Birth Place: Profession: screenwriter

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Veteran TV writer known for warm-hearted family fare, biopics of great women and tales of remarkable little girls. Hanalis's greatest success was in developing the long-running TV series "Little House on the Prairie", which made former "Bonanza" star Michael Landon into a TV writer/director of renown. Her first major job in the industry was as staff writer on the fondly remembered 1960s fantasy spoof, "My Favorite Martian", starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby. Much of Hanalis's subsequent work involved literary adaptations, usually in period settings. Other TV movie credits include "Christmas Eve" (1986), "Big Bend Country" (1981), "Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger" (1980), "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1980), "My Africa" (1988), "Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (1978) and "Young Pioneers" (1976).

Veteran TV writer known for warm-hearted family fare, biopics of great women and tales of remarkable little girls. Hanalis's greatest success was in developing the long-running TV series "Little House on the Prairie", which made former "Bonanza" star Michael Landon into a TV writer/director of renown. Her first major job in the industry was as staff writer on the fondly remembered 1960s fantasy spoof, "My Favorite Martian", starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby. Much of Hanalis's subsequent work involved literary adaptations, usually in period settings. Other TV movie credits include "Christmas Eve" (1986), "Big Bend Country" (1981), "Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger" (1980), "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (1980), "My Africa" (1988), "Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (1978) and "Young Pioneers" (1976).

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  Vengeance (1984) Creator
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  Big Bend Country (1981) Creator

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Worked as a staff writer on "My Favorite Martian", a TV science fiction spoof starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby
1974:
Co-wrote TV-movie version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", a failed pilot
1974:
Wrote teleplay for TV-movie "Little House on the Prairie" adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's novel
1974:
Developed the TV series version of "Little House on the Prairie"
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Hanalis received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Special Program--Drama or Comedy--Adaptation for "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (1978)

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husband:
Irving Wodin. Survived her.

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