Arlene Stadd, longtime television writer who penned the one-woman show “Eleanor,” died of a stroke Feb. 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was 70.
A native of Philadelphia, she married writer Leonard Stadd in 1950. Following graduation from Carnegie Melon (then called Carnegie Tech) in 1951, she teamed with her husband and later together wrote numerous scripts for TV shows including “Room 222,” “Hawaii 5-0” and “Love, American Style.”
Following their divorce in 1976, her play about Eleanor Roosevelt opened at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and she went on to write episodes of “Hotel” and served as a staff writer on “The Doctors” and “General Hospital.”
She also wrote the title song for Hallmark’s “A Small Miracle” as well the song “Only Once” for 1970s singer Robin Williams.
A recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for playwriting in 1981, she was also awarded a fellowship from the Writers Guild of America for her screenplay about Harriet Quimby, the first American female pilot.
She is survived by her son, Robert Stadd, a visual effects producer.