Playwright, TV scribe, magazine man

Milburn D. Smith, playwright, TV scribe and longtime magazine man, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 8 at his home in Forest Hills, N.Y. He was 68.

A noted entertainment journalist in the 1960s and ’70s, Smith profiled such A-list celebrities as Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Cash and Sophia Loren. His stories appeared in prominent magazines including Photoplay, Coronet, and Pageant. Before he retired last year, Smith served as associate publisher for the Starlog Group.

New York native’s first love, however, was the stage, and throughout his career he penned numerous plays including Swoosie Kurtz starrer “Sensations of the Bitten Partner,” “The Ten O’ Clock Hour” featuring Bill Bixby, “Bloodsport” and “Breakfast at Schlankenwald.”

Smith also dabbled in TV writing — “Hollywood Diaries” pic made for American Movie Classics and material for Disney Channel’s “Playhouse Disney” — and authored several books including novel “Wings of Darkness: and nonfictioners “The Teen Scene” and “365 Ways.” He most recently wrote the book for “Flim Flam,” a new musical from Tony winners Lee Adams and Albert Hague.

He is survived by wife Mollie, four children and five grandchildren.

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