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Writer-producer Lee Guthrie dies

Won Humanitas Prize for 'A Place for Annie'

Lee Guthrie, a writer and producer of TV movies, an author of biographies of Jackie Onassis, Woody Allen and Cary Grant, a pioneering female journalist and the mother of actress Sean Young, died July 19 in Santa Monica. She was 76.

Guthrie wrote and co-produced with daughter Cathleen the 1994 “Hallmark Hall of Fame” production “A Place for Annie,” which was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding made for television movie. For this telepic, about an abandoned, HIV-positive baby, the pair also won the Humanitas Prize. She also co-wrote with Cathleen and produced “A Time to Heal” for NBC, and she penned the 2000 Lifetime telepic “Navigating the Heart,” starring Jaclyn Smith.

After working for a series of newspapers, Guthrie had become a freelance magazine writer and wrote three celebrity biographies: “Jackie O,” “Woody Allen: A Biography” and “The Life and Loves of Cary Grant.” She had also nurtured the early acting career of daughter Sean.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Guthrie was working as a stringer for the Louisville Courier Journal by age 15. She attended the U. of Kentucky and later Oberlin College. She worked for a Cleveland radio station and later in New York.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathleen Young, a writer-producer and head of the Humanitas org; actress Sean Young, a son, Donald; a brother; and four grandchildren.

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