TV writer, playwright Mary Hanes dies

Co-exec produced ABC Family's 'Make It or Break It'

Playwright and TV writer Mary Hanes, who penned and co-exec produced the ABC Family series “Make It or Break It,” with her husband and writing partner Ken Hanes, died in Studio City on Aug. 7 after a long battle against ovarian cancer. She was 59.

“Make It or Break It,” about teen Olympic hopefuls, has run on ABC Family for three seasons.

The Haneses also created and exec produced the USA Network pilot “Eden.” Previously, Mary Hanes co-developed and exec produced the Pax TV series “Hope Island” and was writer-producer on the WB series “Dead Last.” She also penned episodes of “Doc,” “Hack” and “Til Death Do Us Part.”

Hanes’ play “Doin’ Time at the Alamo” won the William Inge Festival New Voice in American Theater Award as well as the Panowski Playwriting Award. Other theatrical efforts include sketch comedy “The New Rotics” and play “The Crimson Thread,” the latter first produced on National Public Radio.

In addition to her husband, Hanes is survived by her parents; two sisters; and a brother.

Donations may be made to the Women’s Cancer Program at Cedar-Sinai, 8700 Beverly Blvd. #290W, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

The family is planning a memorial service on a date to be announced.

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