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Suzanne Clauser, ‘Bonanza’ Writer, Dies at 86

14 April 2016 7:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Suzanne Clauser, a TV writer best known for Western TV movies and penning episodes of the hit series “Bonanza,” died Monday in her Yellow Springs, Ohio, home.  She was 86.

She sustained a three-decade career in the industry, writing and developing pilots, multiple TV movies and a TV miniseries for major networks.  Most notably, she served as a regular writer on the long-running series “Bonanza” and was the only female who regularly wrote for the show.  Known for her expertise in Western history, Clauser wrote the screenplays for two Western TV movies: “Pioneer Woman” (1973) and “Calamity Jane” (1984).

Her other TV movie credits include 1975’s “A Girl Named Sooner,” which was based on her 1972 novel of the same name; “Home to Stay” (1978); “The Pride of Jesse Hallam” (1981); and “Message From Nam” (1993).

Clauser’s scripts starred actors such as Johnny Cash, William ShatnerRichard Crenna, Lee Remick, Cloris Leachman, Peter O’Toole, Robert Wagner, »

- Alyssa Sage

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