Susan Harris Biography
Susan Harris (born as: Susan Spivak) is an American television comedy writer and producer who is known for being the writer of several successful television series, among them, The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace and The Secret Lives of Men, Empty Nest, Nurses, Good & Evil, Benson, It Takes Two, Fay, Soap, Loves Me and Loves Me Not.
The Golden Girls was her most financially successful TV series.
Susan Harris Age
The Golden Girls creator is 78 years old as of 2018. She was born on October 28, 1940 in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
Susan Harris Husband – Marriage | Susan Harris Son
Susan has been married twice; her first husband was to Berkeley Harris, an actor. The two got married to each other in 1965 and in 1969, the got a divorce. Their marriage led to the birth of a son by the name Sam Harris. Sam is now a grown man who is a neuroscientist, author, religion critic, blogger and podcast host.
On September 18, 1983, Susan got married to American TV and film producer Paul Junger Witt. He passed on in 2018. The couple worked together in all the shows Harris created with Witt as a co-producer.
Susan Harris Author
The first script Harris sold was Then Came Bronson. She then wrote for Love, American Style, All in the Family, The Partridge Family and the TV adaptation of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Her abortion episode for the Bea Arthur-starring series Maude in the 1970s won Harris the Humanitas Prize. She would later work with Arthur again in the 1980s when Arthur took one of the lead roles in The Golden Girls.
Harris did not participate in the production of The Golden Girls as her ability was affected by her symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. She wrote about her struggles in an episode of the series that was titled “Sick and Tired” (1989) where Arthur’s character Dorothy was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. It later turned out Harris had an adrenal issue, but she wrote the episode as “my revenge script for all the people out there who had a disease like that”.
Harris is a co-founder of Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions, a production company. The other founders are her late husband Paul Junger Witt and fellow film and TV producer Tony Thomas. In 2005, Harris was honored with the Writers’ Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award and in 2011, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Susan Harris Net Worth
Over the course of her career as a comedy writer and TV series producer, Harris has managed a net worth of $20 million.