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George Lefferts is an American writer, producer, playwright, poet, and director of television dramas, motion pictures, radio dramas, and socially conscious documentaries. His original plays and films for TV have won the Emmy Award six times and the Golden Globe twice.
Biography and work
He was Executive Producer/Writer of the Smithsonian Institution Specials for David Wolper Productions, Executive Producer for Time-Life, NBC, ABC and CBS, and a frequent writer of original scripts and short stories for the science fiction radio programs Dimension X and X Minus One. He wrote and produced the anti-ageist film The Living End, of which Variety wrote "the writing by George Lefferts was so pure it was well nigh perfect." With Alfred Hitchcock and William Shatner he created and wrote Tactic the first television program to openly deal with cancer. He also created, produced and wrote NBC Specials for Women, a groundbreaking series for Women's Liberation featuring anthropologist Margaret Mead; the program won the Emmy Award (1967) and the Golden Globe Award (1968).
His original play The Loneliness of the Armadillo was presented by the Banyan Theater in Sarasota, Florida and two new plays The Boat and The Party Store were presented at the HBO Theater in N.Y. in 2013.
He recently completed a full-scale opera The Amadou Cantata, based on the infamous Amadou Diallo trial of four NYPD officers.
Lefferts also created and wrote the comedy series Rocky Fortune starring Frank Sinatra, and the NBC documentary Bravo, Picasso! featuring Pablo Picasso, Yves Montand, and Jacqueline Kennedy.
He was producer of the Emmy-winning daytime series, Ryan's Hope, and Executive Producer/writer of the ABC medical drama, Breaking Point which aired during the 1963–1964 television season. Episodes were directed by Sydney Pollack and featured Robert Redford, John Cassavetes, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Lillian Gish.
He is the co-creator and writer of Family Album, U.S.A., "a soap opera designed to teach English as a Second Language," distributed by Macmillan Publishers in 58 countries.
He taught screenwriting at Johns Hopkins and Rutgers Universities. He is a member of the American Medical Writers Association. As a writer/producer for The Network for Continuing Medical Education, he is credited for many "cutting-edge medical films," including Doctor Barnhard's Heart Transplant [NBC], Pain–Where It Hurts Most [NBC], What Price Health, with Senator Ted Kennedy [NBC], and Acupuncture Anesthesia in Red China [NBC]. He served with honor during wartime in the United States Army Intelligence and Medical Corps. He is a former glider pilot and deep water sailor. He has four married daughters.