Topics

Meredith Baxter
Lillian Gallo dies at 84; pioneering TV movie producer
Lillian Gallo dies at 84; pioneering TV movie producer

At 20th Century Fox Studios in the 1960s, Lillian Gallo earned the nickname Mrs. Average America. She turned out to be anything but. Then a producer's assistant, she was asked to screen the dailies of nearly every television show in the Fox pipeline. She was unafraid to express genuine emotion, Gallo later recalled, so if she laughed or cried during a scene, producers believed the heartland would follow. By the early 1970s she was producing TV movies and breaking ground for women in the industry. When Gallo joined forces with screenwriter Fay Kanin, they became one of the first female producing teams in Hollywood and established their own production company in 1978. Because Gallo...

Loading