Stage Raw: Sol Saks dies at 100

Stage Raw: Sol Saks dies at 100

Stage Raw: Sol Saks dies at 100

Photo by Tory Von Wolfe

Playwright and screenwriter Sol Saks died on April 16 in Sherman Oaks of complications from pneumonia. He was 100 years old.

Born in New York, his family moved to Chicago when he was two. He attended Northwestern University,

Saks wrote for radio, including the classic series Duffy's Tavern. He co-wrote the Cary Grant film, Walk, Don't Run, and for many episodic television shows in television's early days, especially multiple episodes of the comedy series Mr. Adams and Eve, starring the then-married Ida Lupino and Howard Duff. But Saks' most famous achievement came in the following decade when he created the beloved TV series Bewitched.

Also an active participant in the Los Angeles theater community, he was a longtime playwright-member of Theatre West in Hollywood. Among the shows he wrote for the company were The Beginning, the Middle and the End, Faces of Love and A Dream of Butterflies. He was moderator of the Theatre West Writers' Workshop for many years.

He continued to write new scripts until the end of his life.

His first wife, Anne, passed away in 1972. He is survived by son Dan Saks, daughter Mary Spivey, grandchildren Erin Krenzien and Laura Spivey , great-grandsons Logan and Devon Krenzien, and second wife Sandy Wagner.

At Mr. Saks' request, there are no services. However, there is a memorial website at --Phil Sokoloff


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