TV writer Costigan dead of heart failure

Jan. 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

PORT ORCHARD, Wash., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- TV writer James Costigan, who earned recognition for his work on several movies, died of apparent heart failure in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Costigan was thought to be in his late 70s or early 80s when he died, ending a career that included the noted TV movie "Love Among the Ruins," The New York Times reported Sunday.

Costigan's screenplay for the TV film, which starred Katherine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, earned him an Emmy in 1975.

Costigan enjoyed similar success with the 1976 TV film "Eleanor and Franklin," which brought a second Emmy into the writer's growing awards collection.

The writer's association with Emmy Awards began in 1959 when he won for best screenplay for his work on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" episode, "Little Moon of Alban."

The Cook Family Funeral Home on the Washington island told the Times Costigan, who died Dec. 19, 2007, had no known survivors.

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