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MARY VIRGINIA SKINNER

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Born and raised in Kansas City, a graduate of Central High School, class of 1942. Shortly after graduation, she headed for California to pursue her dream of acting/show business. After several years and numerous stage appearances in New York and Chicago she went back west to the Los Angeles Area. While continuing her acting career, she became a member of a comedy team " Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon". Their comedy writing for their act led them to a new adventure, writing for television shows. Along the way they created and wrote several sitcoms, including "Facts of Life". Their next break came when they joined the Carol Burnett show as writers. It was here that they created and wrote the "Mama's Family" skit. It later became a 30 minute TV Show. Jenna (Virginia) passed away on March 2, 2015 at her home in Carmel, California. She leaves a daughter, Kerry Holden-Dixon of the home and a brother, Bill Skinner and his wife, Doris of Blue Springs, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the greater Kansas City area. Memorial services will be held in California.
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 8, 2015
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