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Wendley (Richard) papers
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Richard Wendley began writing for television in the 1950s. Later in his career he wrote shows for Lutheran Television. The collection consists of produced and unproduced scripts, treatments, and story ideas for television programs, a small amount of correspondence and material for book ideas.
Richard Wendley was born in Rochester, NY on February 8, 1920. He attended Reginald Goode Provincetown School and theater. After serving as a sergeant in the Special Services of the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked as an actor in New York City, appearing in Broadway plays as well as live television. In the 1950s, he began writing for television, with episodes for Kraft Television Theatre, Matinee Theatre, Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, and The Web. In 1965, he moved California and continued writing for television, including episodes for The Big Valley, Bonanza, Combat, and The Virginian. In the early-1970s he began his association Lutheran Television where he wrote shows for programs such as This is the Life and Lutheran Television specials, among others. In 1977, Richard was nominated for an Emmy award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding individual achievement in writing. Richard Wendley died November 21, 2003 in Chico, CA.
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