Diane English

Screenwriter, Producer, Story editor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (9)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Living in Captivity 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murphy Brown 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Louie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Double Rush 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Love & War 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

My Sister Sam 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Foley Square 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

Ink (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (7)

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murphy Brown Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (5)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Lathe of Heaven 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Writer

Classified Love (TV Show)

Screenplay

Her Life As a Man (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (1)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Richard English

Father
Divorced from English's mother

Anne English

Mother
Divorced from English's father remarried

Rick English

Brother

Joel Shukovsky

Husband
Co-executive producer of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) formed Shukovsky-English Productions with wife

EDUCATION

Nardin Academy

Buffalo , New York

Buffalo State College

Buffalo , New York 1970

Milestones

2008

Made directorial debut with the remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce, "The Women" (also produced and scripted)

1998

Returned to "Murphy Brown" (CBS) to write the series finale

1995

Created and wrote for the short-lived CBS sitcom "Double Rush"

1992

Formed Shukovsky-English Entertainment with husband Joel Shukovsky

1992

Created and executive produced the CBS series "Love & War"

1988

Created and executive produced the popular CBS sitcom, "Murphy Brown" (also wrote); left after the fourth season

1986

Writer and producer on the CBS sitcom "My Sister Sam"

1985

Produced the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Foley Square" (also wrote)

1984

Scripted the premiere episode ABC's series, "Call to Glory"

1980

Wrote PBS's first full-length TV-movie, "The Lathe of Heaven"

1970

Moved to NYC and worked as a story editor for the public television station WNET

1969

Taught high school English and drama for a year after graduating from college

Penned a monthly column for Vogue magazine

Bonus Trivia

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English found herself in the spotlight in 1992 when the title character of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) decided to have a child out of wedlock. Then Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the Murphy Brown character for ignoring the importance of fathers and bearing a child alone. 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.

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