Kay Lenard

TV and film writer

Retired TV and film writer Kay Lenard died Tuesday in Portland, Ore., of natural causes. Her age was not reported.

The Connecticut native began her writing career at the San Francisco Chronicle and then moved to Los Angeles to work in showbiz.

A prolific scribe with more than 600 credits, Lenard won an Emmy in 1976 for “Days of Our Lives.”

TV credits also include “The Young and the Restless,” “Combat,” “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Maverick,” “Wagon Train,” “Father Knows Best,” “Bachelor Father,” “December Bride,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Lassie,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “My Friend Flicka” “Bonanza,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Thriller” and “Flipper.”

Film work includes “Navy Wife,” “Ma and Pa Kettle at Home,” “Ricochet Romance” and “The Cimarron Kid.”

Lenard was also active in the Writers Guild and the Motion Picture Industry Council.

She is survived by daughter Karen Marks, granddaughter Melissa Marks and grandson Sunny Marks.

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in the rec room of her condo complex in West Hollywood.

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