Full name, Carol O'Brien Sobieski; born March 16, 1939, in Chicago, IL; diedof amyloidosis, November 4, 1990, in Santa Monica, CA. Television writer and. Sobieski was an accomplished author and adapter of scripts for television and motion pictures. She began writing for television series such as Mister Novak, Peyton Place, and The Mod Squad in the 1960s. In her more than twenty-five years in the business, the author established a reputation for skillfullyrendering complex themes and characterizations. Her works have earned consistent praise for their realistic depiction of family crises and penetrating treatment of human growth and maturation. A three-time winner of Writers Guild awards, Sobieski penned the scripts for such television movies as Sunshine, about a young wife and mother who dies of cancer; Amelia Earhart, a biography of the American aviator who disappeared in 1937; and The Women's Room, an adaptation of Marilyn French's feminist novel. She also adapted the television miniseries The Bourne Identity from Robert Ludlum's spy novel of the same titleand earned Emmy nominations for best script and program for her monologue Harry Truman: Plain Speaking. Sobieski's feature film credits include Casey's Shadow, about a womanizing country music singer; an adaptation of the legendary Broadway musical Annie; and Winter People, a Depression-era drama of conflict, retribution, and justice among feuding families in the Appalachians. Herfinal work, a Hallmark Hall of Fame television film titled Sarah, Plain and Tall, was slated for broadcast after her death.