MaryAnne Kasica-Scheff, who wrote for episodic television shows including “Magnum, P.I.” and “Murder She Wrote,” died Saturday in Los Angeles of a brain tumor. She was 58.
Kasica-Scheff began her entertainment career as an actress in summer stock productions and worked with such performers as Tallulah Bankhead, Estelle Winwood and Paul Ford.
In 1966 she moved into the production realm and was named executive director of the Friends of Lincoln Center. Next, Kasica-Scheff’s interest in Wall Street landed her a position as one of the few women stockbrokers in New York.
She earned an M.A. in drama from Cal State University, Los Angeles, in 1972 and returned to acting, appearing on TV shows including “Marcus Welby, M.D.”
After writing several one-act plays to use as audition material, including a piece that won the UCLA Playwrights Award in 1975, and co-authoring the book “The Push-button Telephone,” Kasica-Scheff began a writing collaboration with husband Michael Scheff.
She wrote for series including “Hart to Hart” and “Moonlighting” and served as an executive script consultant on other projects.
In 1997 she was elected chairperson of the Writers Guild Women’s Committee. Kasica-Scheff also was a longtime member of the professional theater group Theatre East.
She is survived by her husband, two children, her mother, two sisters and a brother.
Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Brentwood. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Stuart House Children’s Counseling Center in Santa Monica.