Richard and Esther Shapiro

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Richard Shapiro
Born Richard Allen Shapiro
(1934-06-27) June 27, 1934 (age 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Television writer, screenwriter, television producer
Spouse(s) Esther Shapiro
Esther Shapiro
Born Esther June Mayesh
(1928-06-06) June 6, 1928 (age 89)
New York, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Television writer, screenwriter, television producer
Spouse(s) Richard Shapiro

Richard Alan Shapiro (born June 27, 1934)[citation needed] and Esther Shapiro (née Mayesh; born June 6, 1928)[citation needed] are an American married couple who work as television screenwriters and producers. They are 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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