If you want to succeed in Hollywood, sometimes it pays to be good in school. While attending UCLA, Janet Leahy won an award from the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, a feat which resulted in her first job--as a secretary on the popular "Newhart" (1982), the title comedian's long-running sitcom. She didn't stay behind the secretary's desk; in 1986, she received her first writing credits for a pair of episodes on the show. From there, she went on to build a sterling career as a writer on some of the best shows of her era. She was a writer and story editor on the enduringly popular "Cheers" (1986), an ensemble sitcom set in a Boston bar. Leahy was a pivotal behind-the-scenes figure for perhaps the top TV comedy of the 1980s, "The Cosby Show" (1987), handling writing, story editor and executive producer chores at various points for the Bill Cosby family sitcom. Several jobs later, she worked mainly as a producer and occasional writer on another family comedy show, this one significantly down-market from Cosby's upper-middle class environment--the blue-collar "Roseanne" (1996). After the new millennium dawned, Leahy continued to work as a producer and/or writer on high-profile TV productions. Among these were "Boston Legal" (2005) and the period drama "Mad Men" (2010).