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Lois Peyser

Lois Peyser, an award-winning writer on such TV series as “My Three Sons” and “Mission: Impossible” and a pioneer in the teaching of screenwriting, has died. She was 70.

Peyser died Friday of ovarian cancer at her home in the Brentwood area, a spokeswoman said.

Peyser and her husband, Arnold Peyser, co-wrote many popular TV episodes, including scripts for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,””Love, American Style” and the Alcoa, Goodyear and General Electric theater series.

The couple also wrote the Elvis Presley movie “The Trouble With Girls” (1969) and the Fred Allen play “From Boston to Portland,” which opened in Boston last year.

Mrs. Peyser was hired by the American Film Institute in 1972 to start its first class on screenwriting. She also taught in Brussels, Moscow and Stockholm, and served as a consultant for the Directing Women’s Workshops.

In 1988, she was presented with the Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies Award for bringing “dignity and honor to writers everywhere.”

In addition to her husband of 45 years, she is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.

Private services were scheduled for noon Friday at the Mark Goodson Theater at AFI. Donations may be made to the Lois Peyser Scholarship Fund for beginning writers at AFI.

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