Eden Fury is a Communications Intern at the Writers Guild Foundation. Allan Manings is best known for creating the Norman Lear-produced series ONE DAY AT A TIME with his writing partner and wife, actress Whitney Blake. ONE DAY was based on Blake's life as a single mother, before she met Manings. He then went on to write and produce another Lear show, GOOD TIMES. Manings also worked as a writer and script supervisor on ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, for which he received an Emmy, and wrote episodes for McHALE'S NAVY and LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.
After his death in 2010, the Manings family donated several original scripts (complete with margin notes) to the Foundation's library for most of the shows mentioned above, as well as BUSTIN' LOOSE, THE DAVID FROST REVUE and many others. The donation was so extensive that we're still in the process of, well, processing it - but much of it is already available in our library and archive. And if there's some aspect of Manings' work you're interested in, contact our library and we'll try to help you out.
Here's Manings telling his life story as part of our ongoing oral history series THE WRITER SPEAKS.