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Jeraldine Saunders (1923–2019), creator of "The Love Boat"

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Author shared tales from her time as a cruise director...

Jeraldine Saunders was the creator of the hit ABC television series "The Love Boat." The show, which ran from 1977 through 1986, began with a made-for-TV movie based on Saunders' 1974 nonfiction book "Love Boats." In her book, Saunders shared anecdotes of her time as a cruise director. Saunders also wrote the syndicated horoscope column "Omarr's Astrological Forecast," created by her former husband Sydney Omarr.

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Died: February 26, 2019 (Who else died on February 26?)

Details of death: Died at home in Glendale, California of complications of kidney stone surgery at the age of 95.

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Trailblazer: Saunders was the first woman to become a full-time cruise director, a position she held for a decade. Her 1974 book, and the TV show it spawned, were credited for a major increase in the popularity of the cruise industry.

Saunders on cruising: “You name it, I've seen it: love and hate, sex and silliness, greed and generosity, beauties and beasts, and Bali Hai and Shangri-La and a lot of flotsam and jetsam along the way.” —from "Love Boats"

What people said about her: “Jeraldine was an active woman who never lost her interest in dancing, younger man, and the written word. She was a terrific, grateful, class act who refused to grow old. She was indomitable.” —Edward Lozzi, Saunders' representative

Full obituary: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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