Richard and Esther Shapiro

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Richard Shapiro
Born Richard Allen Shapiro
June 27, 1934
Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Television writer, screenwriter, producer
Spouse(s) Esther Shapiro
Esther Shapiro
Born Esther June Mayesh
June 6, 1928
New York City, New York, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Television writer, screenwriter, producer
Spouse(s) Richard Shapiro

Richard Alan Shapiro and Esther Shapiro are married American television screenwriters and producers best known as the creators of the long-running 1980s primetime serial Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion.

In 1984, Doubleday/Dolphin published the companion book Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons,[1] which included an introduction by Esther Shapiro.

Dynasty legacy[edit]

In January 2004, Esther Shapiro participated in a marathon of the show's episodes on SOAPnet, Serial Bowl: Alexis vs. Krystle, giving behind-the-scenes tidbits and factoids.

In 2005 Ritchie Singer and Pamela Reed portrayed the Shapiros in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized ABC television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of Dynasty.[2]

The first season of Dynasty was released on Region 1 DVD an April 19, 2005 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. This edition includes audio commentary by Esther Shapiro.

The Shapiros announced on January 12, 2011 that they had written a Dynasty prequel feature film script set in the 1960s, and were shopping it to studios for a possible film franchise.[3] In a September 2011 interview, Dynasty actress Joan Collins chatted about a Dynasty television revival: "I've been in constant contact with Esther Shapiro, who wrote it, and apparently they've written a script."[4]


  1. ^ Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons, 1984, Doubleday/Dolphin, 150 pg. ISBN 0-385-19525-7.
  2. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ Malkin, Marc (January 12, 2011). "Shoulder Pad Alert! Another Classic Prime-Time Soap Is Headed for the Big Screen". Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Wightman, Catriona (September 6, 2011). "Joan Collins: 'New Dynasty script has been written'". Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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