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SHAGAN--Stephen H.

"Steve," 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 30, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles, CA. Born in 1927 in New York City to Barnet "Barney" and Rachel Shagan, Steve is survived by his son Robert (Paul). Beloved husband of 61 years of marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" F. Shagan (1930-2013), Steve will be remembered for his kindness, intelligence, creativity, honesty, strength, generosity, humor, integrity and perseverance; as well as the love he felt for the cats that he and Betty cared for over the years. When not dedicating time to his craft, Steve enjoyed traveling, keeping up with his favorite baseball and football teams' scores, horseracing, reading and spending quality time with his family and close friends. Steve's career as a best-selling author, film and television writer and producer spanned nearly six decades; including nominations for two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 1974, Steve won the Writers Guild of America Award - Best Screenplay, Drama for "Save the Tiger," based upon his novel of the same name. Cumulatively, Steve published eight critically acclaimed novels, wrote 10 screenplays and produced over 48 films, television episodes and made for TV movies, combined. Private family services will be held at Newton Cemetery in Newton Center, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the World Wildlife Fund.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 9, 2015
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