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January 13, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Richard does the writing; Esther does the talking. It's a little more complex than that, of course--but Richard and Esther Shapiro, co-executive producers of "Dynasty," say that has been the basic division of labor since the couple created the most opulent of television's soap operas in 1979. Richard Shapiro, speaking by phone from a mountain hideaway where he often works alone (you don't call him, he calls you), says he considers himself a writer first and an executive second.
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January 13, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Richard does the writing; Esther does the talking. It's a little more complex than that, of course--but Richard and Esther Shapiro, co-executive producers of "Dynasty," say that has been the basic division of labor since the couple created the most opulent of television's soap operas in 1979. Richard Shapiro, speaking by phone from a mountain hideaway where he often works alone (you don't call him, he calls you), says he considers himself a writer first and an executive second.
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November 18, 1986 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Concerned by a 20% audience decline in less than two months, the producers of "Dynasty" said Monday that they plan a series of dramatic changes aimed at luring viewers back to the ABC soap opera. "It will become more emotional, more realistic--without losing the glamour," Esther Shapiro, co-creator and co-executive producer of the series, told a news conference.
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November 18, 1986 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Concerned by a 20% audience decline in less than two months, the producers of "Dynasty" said Monday that they plan a series of dramatic changes aimed at luring viewers back to the ABC soap opera. "It will become more emotional, more realistic--without losing the glamour," Esther Shapiro, co-creator and co-executive producer of the series, told a news conference.
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May 21, 1985 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
"Shoot me thin, you know," grinned the producer in navy stripes who is the woman behind the women and men of "Dynasty." Looking over the field of photographers at the Beverly Wilshire on Sunday, Esther Shapiro could afford to joke. She is, after all, co-executive producer of television's prime, prime-time show. "Dynasty," the 4-season-old soap which this year beat "Dallas" in the ratings, had been her "fantasy."
BUSINESS
December 23, 1986
Richard and Esther Shapiro agreed to drop two lawsuits related to their ownership rights in the series "Dynasty" and "The Colbys" on which they were executive producers for Aaron Spelling Productions. Shapiro will become senior vice president for creative and corporate affairs, and Shapiro will develop feature films and do television writing exclusively for the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1985 | LEE MARGULIES
'Dynasty," the most popular program on TV this season in the Nielsen ratings, will spin off another serial next season about the Colby family, ABC said Tuesday. John James, who plays Jeff Colby on "Dynasty," will star in the new show, which will be called "The Colbys" and will premiere near the end of the year.
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October 20, 1985 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Bettijane Levine is The Times fashion editor.
Is there anyone who doesn't like Linda Evans? Probably. But people who know about such things can't think of who that might be. Gossip columnists, producers, paparazzi, extras on the "Dynasty" set, for mer stepchildren, costume designers and just plain folks who have seen her around all claim she's "the nicest gal in town." Then you get to Evans, on the "Dynasty" set, her eyes twinkling the same shade of blue as the sequins on her Nolan Miller gown.
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December 19, 1991 | KEVIN ALLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If the scenario sounds familiar, it is: A much-married 50-something British actress/author/perfume spokeswoman performing Noel Coward's "Private Lives." But this time around, it's the redoubtable Joan Collins, not Elizabeth Taylor, and the production (which landed at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills Tuesday night) was lauded with a starry opening-night reception hosted by the West Hollywood restaurant Orso.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
Being an actress is hard enough, but being an actress over 40 is doubly so. According to Screen Actors Guild statistics, only 10% of all roles are played by women over 40, while 30% of all roles go to men over 40. "In the past few years we have been fortunate to have shows like 'Falcon Crest,' 'Dynasty' and 'Knots Landing' that feature adult women as main characters," said actress Timothy Blake, who chairs SAG's Women's Conference Committee. "But these are just a few handfuls of jobs."
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May 21, 1985 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, Times Staff Writer
"Shoot me thin, you know," grinned the producer in navy stripes who is the woman behind the women and men of "Dynasty." Looking over the field of photographers at the Beverly Wilshire on Sunday, Esther Shapiro could afford to joke. She is, after all, co-executive producer of television's prime, prime-time show. "Dynasty," the 4-season-old soap which this year beat "Dallas" in the ratings, had been her "fantasy."
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January 29, 1993 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Justice was celebrated Tuesday night when the American Jewish Congress Pacific Southwest Region gave out its annual tzedek awards. The Congress honored Mayor Tom Bradley; UCLA executive vice chancellor Andrea Rich; artist and activist Betty Warner Sheinbaum and her husband, Stanley, a political activist and past president and current member of the Los Angeles Police Commission.
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October 1, 1986 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
The first of more than 1,000 "house parties" scheduled across the state this week as benefits for "No on 64" (people opposed to the LaRouche AIDS initiative) drew a load of celebs Monday night to the Hollywood Hills home of Marc Schwartz and Jack Grossbart. Among those on hand were Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons, "Dynasty" creator Esther Shapiro, Susan Clark and Alex Karras, Andrew Stevens and James Farentino.
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