Pat Falken Smith

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Patricia Falken Smith (January 21, 1926 – May 19, 2001) was a television writer, most famous for her stints as head writer of several soap operas, including General Hospital and Days of our Lives.

Positions Held[edit]

Days of our Lives

  • Head Writer: May 1975 - April 19, 1977, October 21, 1981 - April 16, 1982
  • Script Writer: 1966, 1968-1971, 1972-1975
  • Story Consultant: 1987-1988

General Hospital

  • Head Writer: 1979-1981, 1985-1986, 1988-1989

Guiding Light

  • Head Writer: 1982-1983

Ryan's Hope

  • Co-Head Writer: 1983-1985

Career[edit]

Smith served as the Head Writer for Days of our Lives from 1975 - 1977, where she earned a salary of $285,000 a year, considered very high for that time, which included $35,000 just for "thinking creatively."[1] She won the "Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series" Daytime Emmy Award for Days of our Lives in 1976 and 1977. She returned to Days of our Lives in 1981 where she introduced the Brady and DiMera families.

Smith was hired by Gloria Monty to head write ABC Daytime's General Hospital from 1979 - 1981 and she is credited with taking the show to the top of the soap ratings. Smith was reported to be the highest paid writer in broadcasting history when she left General Hospital in 1981, at $1 million per year.[2]

Then Smith went to Guiding Light in 1982, where she served as Head Writer for less than 13 weeks.[3] She went on to serve as Head Writer of Ryan's Hope before returning as Head Writer of General Hospital two more times in the 1980s. (1985-1986, 1988-1989).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ TIME, Sex and Suffering in the Afternoon, January 12, 1976.
  2. ^ Allen, Robert C. (1985). Speaking of Soap Operas, p.49, UNC Press, ISBN 0-8078-4129-3
  3. ^ Allen, Robert C. (1985). Speaking of Soap Operas, p.53, UNC Press, ISBN 0-8078-4129-3

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Preceded by
William J. Bell
Head Writer of Days of our Lives
1975 - 1977
Succeeded by
Ann Marcus
Preceded by
Douglas Marland
Head Writer of General Hospital
1979 - 1981
1985 - 1986
1988-1989
Succeeded by
Robert J. Shaw
Preceded by
Gary Tomlin
Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Head Writer of Days of our Lives
1981 - 1982
Succeeded by
Margaret DePriest
Sheri Anderson
Preceded by
Douglas Marland
Head Writer of Guiding Light
1982 - 1983
Succeeded by
L. Virginia Browne
Preceded by
Claire Labine
Paul Avila Mayer
Head Writer of Ryan's Hope
(with James E. Reilly)

December 1983 - February 1985
Succeeded by
Millee Taggart
Tom King