Emmy winner Allan Manings dead at 86

May 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Emmy-winning TV writer and creator Allan Manings has died of a heart attack in Beverly Hills at age 86, his actress stepdaughter says.

Actress Meredith Baxter told the Los Angeles Times her stepfather died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at the office of his oncologist. Manings had recently had surgery for esophageal cancer.

He and his late wife, Whitney Blake, created the comedy "One Day at a Time" for Norman Lear's production company. The show became a hit for CBS and ran from 1975 to 1984.

Manings won his Emmy Award in 1968 for his work on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." The Writers Guild of America Morgan Cox Award-winner also worked on TV stalwarts such as "Leave It to Beaver," "Good Times," "McHale's Navy" and "Petticoat Junction."

Besides Baxter, Manings is survived by stepsons Richard and Brian Baxter; his sister, Muriel Manings; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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