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Encyclopedia > Claire Labine

Claire Labine is an American soap opera writer. She received Writers Guild of America, East's Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions that have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere.


Although she originally aspired to be an actress, Labine eventually became a critically-acclaimed writer. She atteneded the University of Kentucky where her major was journalism, but later she switched to playwriting major at Columbia University’s School of Dramatic Arts (now Columbia University School of the Arts). After graduating, she joined the writing staff of Captain Kangaroo. After writing for the show for two years, she was fired in 1968. The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... The Columbia University School of the Arts , also known simply as the School of the Arts or as SoA, is the division of the university that offers Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Film, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, and Writing. ... Captain Kangaroo was a childrens television series which aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS from 1955 until 1984, then moved to the American Program Service (now American Public Television, Boston) to air syndicated reruns of past episodes in 1992. ...


Labine's first foray into daytime was as a dialogue writer for the CBS soap opera Where the Heart Is. After only a year at the show, she was promoted to the post of headwriter in 1971, along with fellow writer Paul Avila Mayer. Although the duo brought up the show's ratings their stint at the show ended in 1973, when CBS chose to take the show off the air. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... For the film see Where the Heart Is (2000 film). ...


Labine was did not remain out of work for long. Soon after the end of Where the Heart Is, she became headwriter of another CBS soap, Love of Life. Once again she was paired with Mayer. The ratings for the show rose, which brought them to the attention of rival network ABC. Love of Life was an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


ABC lured both Labine and Mayer away from CBS and offered them their own show. Together, Labine and Mayer created Ryan's Hope, which made its debut in 1975. While they were writing it, Ryan's Hope won six Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing and two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Program. In addition to this, Labine won a Writers Guild Award for each year that she wrote the show. Ryans Hope was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. ... The Daytime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles-based Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of excellence in American daytime television programming. ...


After ratings began to sag, Labine and Mayer were dismissed from the show in 1982 and replaced by their associate headwriter, Mary Ryan Munisteri. ABC asked both of them back in early 1983 when it became apparent that Munisteri's writing was not improving the ratings. Labine and Mayer were fired once again later that year.


During her absence from Ryan's Hope, Labine developed a soap for CBS that was entitled Celebration. This soap never made it to the air.


In 1987, Labine was asked by ABC to come back to Ryan's Hope. She accepted ABC's offer and remained with the show until 1989, when the show was cancelled.


After RH's demise, Labine wrote several television movies.


In 1993 Labine returned to daytime as headwriter of ABC's General Hospital. She brought the show much critical acclaim, and won her seventh Emmy for Outstanding Writing for her work on the show. She chose to depart the show in early 1996. General Hospital (commonly abbreviated GH) is the longest-running daytime American serial broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company television network. ...


Labine was not gone from daytime for long. In late 1996, she was made headwriter of ABC's One Life to Live. She remained with the show until early 1998. One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ...


Most recently, Labine had a short stint at CBS' Guiding Light. She was headwriter of the show from 2000 through 2001. Labine shared the reigns of GL with her children, Matt and Eleanor. Rumors abounded throughout Labine's tenure at GL that she, Executive Producer Paul Rauch, and Executive in Charge of Production Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin had frequent verbal arguments about the show's directions. One time it was even announced in the soap press that the Labines were departing, only to have the announcement recanted a week later.[citation needed] Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Paul Rauch is a producer of American soap operas, most known for his work on Another World, which he produced from 1972 to 1984. ... Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, affectionately called Mickey by collegues, and mockingly called MADD by soap opera fans and the Internet community, was the Executive in Charge of Production for Procter & Gamble soap operas from 1996 through 2005, replacing Kenneth Fitts in the position. ...

Contents

Writing/Creative Positions

Where the Heart Is For the film see Where the Heart Is (2000 film). ...

  • Co-Head Writer (1971-1973)
  • Script Writer (1970-1971)

Love Of Life Love of Life was an American soap opera which aired on CBS from September 24, 1951 to February 1, 1980. ...

  • Co-Head Writer (1973-1975)

Ryan’s Hope Ryans Hope was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. ...

  • Executive Producer (1975-1982)
  • Head Writer (July 7, 1975 - June 1982; January 1983 - November 1983; February 1987-January 13, 1989)

One Life To Live One Life to Live (OLTL) is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ...

  • Head Writer (December 1996 - April 1998)

General Hospital General Hospital (commonly abbreviated GH) is the longest-running daytime American serial broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company television network. ...

  • Head Writer (1993-1996)

Guiding Light Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ...

  • Head Writer (August 2000 - July 2001)

Awards

Daytime Emmy

8 WINS

  • (1995; Best Writing; General Hospital)
  • (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984; Best Writing; Ryan’s Hope)
  • (1977; Outstanding Drama Series; Ryan’s Hope)

NOMINATIONS

  • (1978, 1981, 1982; Outstanding Drama Series; Ryan’s Hope)

Writers Guild Of America

- Writers Guild NOMINATION (For 2001 season; Guiding Light) - Writers Guild NOMINATION (For 1996 season; General Hospital) - Writers Guild WIN (For 1994 & 1995 season; General Hospital) * - Writers Guild WIN (For 1980-1983; 1986-1989 season; Ryan’s Hope) *



OTHER AWARDS -Connecticut College Gold Medal 1995 Inherit the Earth Award for General Hospital story line on environmental racism, a ground breaking plot for daytime about a trash incinerator about to be located in a low income area featured icon Laura in fight for social justice

Preceded by
Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown
Head Writer of Guiding Light
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Lloyd Gold

  Results from FactBites:
 
Claire Labine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (560 words)
Labine's first foray into daytime was as a dialogue writer for the CBS soap opera Where the Heart Is.
After ratings began to sag, Labine and Mayer were dismissed from the show in 1982 and replaced by their associate headwriter, Mary Ryan Munisteri.
Labine shared the reigns of GL with her children, Matt and Eleanor.
Ryan's Hope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1564 words)
It was created, owned, and originally written by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, who had previously written Where the Heart Is and Love of Life.
Labine and Mayer also served as the executive producers of the show at this point, with George Lefferts as the producer.
With ratings going further and further south and many ABC affiliates dropping the show altogether, ABC asked Claire Labine to return as headwriter, with her daughter, Eleanor Mancusi, as co-headwriter.
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