Francine Carroll, 83, writer

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.

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