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Suzanne Holland (Herz) Hobbs

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HOBBS , Suzanne Holland (nee Herz)
Died June 21st, 2007, in the Actor's Fund Home in Englewood, NJ. Suzanne was born in Cleveland, OH, to the late Gizella Bokor Herz and Ralph Herz, Sr., M.D., of Hungary. Suzanne subsequently lived in Key West, FL, New York City, California, and Kennebunkport, ME. She was married to Richard Holland, radio/film/tv actor and writer, in 1955, until his death in 1984. The pair enjoyed a long stint as a writing team, primarily for television, for shows such as "General Hospital", "Young Doctor Malone", and "The Nurses". Suzanne's credits also include writing for "All My Children", "One Life to Live", "Santa Barbara", and script consultant for "Guiding Light", "Days of Our Lives", and "The Cosby Show"; and was the creator and head writer for the series "To Have and To Hold". As well, Suzanne was a member of SAG, The Writer's Guild of America, and AFTRA; was a Blue Ribbon panelist for The Emmy Awards, a talented graphics and package designer, calligraphist, gourmet cook, a pianist, composer, and series writing professor. Suzanne was delighted to have attended and been invited by the Singapore government to present a script writing seminar at the 1993 Singapore Film Festival.
Suzanne was an advocate for gay rights, for youth, and for the homeless. Concerned about teens in Pacific Palisades, CA, she was a founding member of the CAPPY Program for area youth. At the time of her illness, she was working on a film in pre-production in Malaysia and Indonesia for a screenplay she had written.
She was predeceased by her second husband of 13 years, Douglas Stillman Hobbs, former professor of political science at UCLA. Surviving are her son, Neail, daughter, Hilary, brother Ralph Herz, Jr., M.D. and wife Elizabeth, nieces Taria and Saskia, their children, and three grandchildren.
Suzanne will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on July 13, 2007, at The Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City (Lexington Avenue at 79th Street).
Donations in Suzanne's memory can be made to the Gay Men's Health Crisis of New York City: 212.367.1000 http://www.gmhc.org/.
The screen has dimmed, but the light never extinguished.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 8, 2007
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