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Ellen Weston (born April 19, 1939, New York City) is an American actress, producer, and writer. Born Ellen Weinstein in New York City, Weston appeared on Broadway in Toys in the Attic, A Far Country, and Mary, Mary, among other productions.
Her first notable television role was a stint as Robin Fletcher on Guiding Light from 1963-64, followed by another daytime role as Karen Gregory on Another World. In 1979 she appeared as Derek's ex-wife on The Young and the Restless and had Kaye Chancellor committed to a mental hospital. A fire destroyed the hospital but Kaye switched rings with another patient and escaped only to haunt Weston and eventually run her out of town.
Weston made appearances in Get Smart, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Bewitched, Bonanza, Wonder Woman, S.W.A.T. and The Bob Newhart Show, and television movies such as Letters from Three Lovers (1973), Miracle on 34th Street (1973), The Questor Tapes (1974) and Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980).
In 1972, Weston co-wrote seven songs with singer Lesley Gore for Gore's Mowest debut album "Someplace Else Now".
Weston's first writing job was as a staff writer for Capitol. She was hired to write made-for-TV movies, including Lies Before Kisses, See Jane Run, The Disappearance of Vonnie, and the 1999 movie As The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story. She was a producer for several of the movies.
In 2003 John Conboy, executive producer of Guiding Light hired Weston, who had worked for him on The Young and the Restless and Capitol, as the head writer. Weston's central story was the Maryanne Carruthers mystery. The story brought actress Carrie Nye, a friend of Weston, back to the show. The story was criticized for its resemblance to a similar plot that Guiding Light had broadcast twenty years earlier, and for the substantial revisions to history that the story made for five main characters. Weston was replaced by new executive producer David Kreizman in 2004. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1141830/