Born July 7, 1932, in Pampa, TX; died of liver cancer, January 23, 1993, in Studio City (one source says Los Angeles), CA. Television executive, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright.
Hailey, an accomplished regional playwright, worked as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News from 1957 to 1959, then devoted himself full-time towriting for the stage and television. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama,Hailey cast a comic spin on life's realities in plays like Hey You, LightMan, the autobiographical Who's Happy Now, and Father's Day. In the early seventies, Hailey moved into television, writing for such series as McMillan and Wife and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. His screenplay for the 1981 television movie Sidney Shorr, on which the showLove, Sidney was based, earned him an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild award. Hailey also served as a creative consultant for Mary Hartman,Mary Hartman and coproducer for the CBS series Another Day. Haileywas also the author of the movie screenplay Just You and Me Kid and contributed to the nonfiction works Three Plays from the Yale School of Drama and New Theatre for Now.