Former Guiding Light Writer Judi Ann Mason Passes Away.Wednesday, July 15 2009
Soap opera writer Judi Ann Mason passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 54. Mason made TV history as one of the major African-American writers for the medium. She began her career at the age of 20 when her promising talent was recognized by Norman Lear who hired her on as a writer for the CBS sitcom, "Good Times." She became a staple of the TV scene of the 1980s and early 90s, working on diverse shows like "A Different World," "American Gothic," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Sanford" and "I'll Fly Away." She also worked on feature films, co-writing 1993s "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit."
Mason spent years as the leader of the writer's development program for Guiding Light during the 1980s before moving on to become the Associate Headwriter for NBC's groundbreaking soap, "Generations." The show only ran from 1989-91 but it was the first soap opera to revolve around an African-American family and has retained a passionate cult following.