Bess Taffel

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Bess Taffel
Born (1913-12-10)December 10, 1913
New York City, New York, United States
Died July 21, 2000(2000-07-21) (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Screenwriter
Spouse(s) Robert F. Boyle

Bess Taffel Boyle (December 10, 1913 – July 21, 2000) was an American screenwriter, whose career was effectively ended after she was identified as a member of the Communist Party during the McCarthy period.[1]

Taffel is known for writing such films as Elopement.[1]

She wrote only a few television scripts from 1969 to 1974, before she ended her career entirely. She had worked in the Yiddish theatre before becoming a writer in Hollywood.

She was married to Robert F. Boyle, an Academy Award-winning film production designer and art director, until her death from a stroke in 2000 at age 86. Her widower died at the age of 100 on August 1, 2010. His career was apparently not impacted by his wife's blacklisting.[citation needed]

Writing work[edit]

  • Needles and Pins (TV series; 1 episode, 1974)
"With Such Enemies"
"Please Don't Send Flowers" (1 episode, 1972)
"A Perfect Piece of Casting" (1 episode, 1970)
"Closed Set" (1 episode, 1969)


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