Blanche Hanalis

Screenwriter
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" ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1915

Filmography

Writer (23)

I'll Be Home For Christmas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Screenplay

My Africa 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

Camille 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Little House: Bless All the Dear Children 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Creator

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Big Bend Country 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Writer

Fish Hawk 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Screenplay

A Home of Our Own 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Screenplay

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Little House on the Prairie 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Favorite Martian 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

The Trouble With Angels 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Christmas Eve (TV Show)

Screenplay

Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Show)

Screenplay

Pleasure Palace (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Children of An Lac (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Secret Garden (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Young Pioneers' Christmas (TV Show)

Screenplay

Young Pioneers (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

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).

Relationships

Irving Wodin

Husband
survived her

Milestones

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"

1974

Co-wrote TV-movie version of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", a failed pilot

Worked as a staff writer on "My Favorite Martian", a TV science fiction spoof starring Ray Walston and Bill Bixby

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