Created TV series 'Amy Prentiss'
Francine Carroll, creator of the television series “Amy Prentiss,” which won an Emmy for its star Jessica Walter, died of natural causes Nov. 9 in Tarzana, Calif. She was 83.Born Francine Epstein in New York, she took the name Francine Carroll when she was writing detective fiction for Black Mask and other magazines. She was nominated for a Writer’s Guild award, a Movieguide award and a Humanitas prize for her work on the Showtime series “Rescuers: Stories of Courage.” Her writing credits include multiple episodes of “The Virginian” and “Ironside.” After having attended the U. of Arizona as a young woman, she graduated from UCLA theater arts program at age 48 and subsequently taught Film as Literature at Cal State Northridge. A longtime member of the Writers Guild of America West, her writing career spanned 50 years. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, producer Cy Chermak; three daughters; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.