October 28, 2009

Today's Tune: "She's A Lady" By Tom Jones

Happy Birthday Susan Harris. The inspiration for our 'Today's Tune' on this October 28th is Susan Harris. "She's got style, she's got grace, she's a winner ... She's a lady". Those words do describe Harris pretty well. "She's A Lady" is a song written by Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka, but it was Welsh singing sex symbol Tom Jones who had a big hit with the song back in 1971.

Susan Harris, according to Wikipedia:

Susan Harris (born Susan Spivak on October 28, 1940 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a television comedy writer and producer.

She created the series Soap, Benson, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Nurses, and The Golden Palace. She also wrote or co-wrote all of the episodes of Soap and appeared on two episodes as the hooker Babette. She has been married to television producer Paul Junger Witt since 18 September 1983; he co-produced all the shows she created. She was married from 1965-1969 to the late actor Berkeley Harris.

Harris has chronic fatigue syndrome, which negatively impacted her ability to participate in the production of The Golden Girls. In the episode "Sick and Tired" (1989), Harris wrote some of her struggles into a storyline where Bea Arthur's character was diagnosed with CFS.

Harris sold her first script to Then Came Bronson, then wrote for Love, American Style, All in the Family, and the TV adaptation of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. Her "Maude's Abortion" episode won the Humanitas Prize.

She formed Witt/Thomas/Harris with Witt and Tony Thomas. She was honored with Writers' Guild's Paddy Chayefsky Award in 2005.

Tom Jones - "She's A Lady" Live on February 15, 1974.

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