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Perry Lafferty
Birth: Oct. 3, 1917
Death: Aug. 25, 2005

Television Producer and Executive. As head of West Coast programming at CBS from 1968 to 1979, he introduced the landmark shows "All in the Family" and "M*A*S*H", as well as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Maude", "The Jeffersons", "Rhoda", and "The Waltons". His willingness to confront controversial issues broadened the scope of the traditional sitcom and helped change the way Americans watch TV. Lafferty was born in Davenport, Iowa, and studied music at Yale. He served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II. During the 1950s he produced and directed episodes of "Robert Montgomery Presents", "General Electric Theatre", "Studio One", "Rawhide", and "The Twilight Zone". After winning an Emmy for producing "The Danny Kaye Show" (1963 to 1964) he was brought into the executive ranks at CBS, where he eventually suceeded Fred Silverman as programming chief. Silverman said of Lafferty, "He believed in hiring good people and letting them do their own thing". His hands-off approach wasn't always successful; he failed to keep network censors from pulling the plug on the irreverent "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1969. But it resulted in much innovative programming and kept CBS Number One in the ratings for several years. In 1979 Lafferty moved to NBC, where he was put in charge of the network's movies and miniseries. His proudest achievement there was the telefilm "An Early Frost" (1985), one of the first programs to examine the issue of AIDS. For this he won an Emmy and a Peabody Award. After retiring in 1990, Lafferty wrote three mystery novels about the fictional adventures of Jack Jablonski, a retired FBI agent. He died of prostate cancer at his home in Century City, California. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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  Mary Frances Carden Lafferty (1920 - 1999)*
 
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Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 09, 2005
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