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Sitcom writer Austin Kalish dies at 95

Sitcom writer Austin Kalish has died at the age of 95.
Kalish passed away on Wednesday (05Oct16) at a retirement home in Woodland Hills, California.
Austin began his career writing for stand-up comedians after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II. He wed his wife Irma in 1948 and the couple relocated to Los Angeles to work on the The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Show.
The writer went on to contribute to several iconic U.S. TV series, including I Dream of Jeannie, Gilligan’s Island, All In The Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Facts of Life.
Austin and Irma were also famous for penning episodes dealing with societal issues, like a 1972 episode of Maude about abortion, which aired months before the passing of Roe v. Wade, the high-profile court case which made the medical procedure legal, and an episode of All In The Family, which featured an attempted rape storyline.
They also executive produced and wrote for Norman Lear’s Maude spin-off Good Times.

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