Heidi Ferrer was a writer known for her work on TV shows including “Dawson’s Creek” and “Wasteland.”
- Died: May 26, 2021 (Who else died on May 26?)
- Details of death: Died by suicide at the age of 50 after battling long-haul COVID-19 for more than a year.
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Ferrer initially pursued an acting career, but she later turned to screenwriting. “Dawson’s Creek” was among her early successes as she wrote several episodes of the popular coming-of-age drama. She also wrote for the short-lived series “Wasteland.” Ferrer’s movie screenplays include the Paris Hilton movie “The Hottie and the Nottie” and “Princess,” a 2008 film aired on ABC Family. In later years, she founded the blog GirlToMom.com, where she wrote about her infant son’s progressive infantile scoliosis as well as sharing her comedic writing and other material. The Infantile Scoliosis Project honored her as an advocate with their National Hero Award.
Ferrer on her early days in Hollywood
“I also temped a bit and worked odd jobs, like dressing up as a mermaid and taking pictures with little kids at a theater, for the release of the movie ‘The Little Mermaid.’ I had to be wheeled out in my costume because I couldn’t walk with my tail, and I had visions of accidentally tipping over in my mermaid chair and sprawling helplessly on the movie theater lobby’s carpet, as children stared and pointed. They’d have been scarred for life by the sight of a helpless, floppy woman in a clamshell bra, without the aid of a plucky crab friend.” —from GirlToMom.com
Tributes to Heidi Ferrer
Full obituary: Deadline