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Ethel Winant

  • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Birthday: August 05
Date of passing: 
November 29, 2003

Ethel Winant was an Emmy and Peabody award-winning television producer who made history as the first woman to hold an executive position at a network (CBS).

She started by running errands at a television studio, but eventually moved up to directing productions for Armstrong Circle Theatre, Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, General Electric Theater and Playhouse 90; she was also associate producer for the latter two.

During her years on the dramatic anthologies, she worked with such directors as George Roy Hill, Arthur Penn, Franklin Schaffner, John Houseman, Robert Mulligan and John Frankenheimer.

Ethel Winant was an Emmy and Peabody award-winning television producer who made history as the first woman to hold an executive position at a network (CBS).

She started by running errands at a television studio, but eventually moved up to directing productions for Armstrong Circle Theatre, Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, General Electric Theater and Playhouse 90; she was also associate producer for the latter two.

During her years on the dramatic anthologies, she worked with such directors as George Roy Hill, Arthur Penn, Franklin Schaffner, John Houseman, Robert Mulligan and John Frankenheimer.

Winant won several awards, including a special Emmy for Playhouse 90, two Peabodys, the Humanitas Prize, the Christopher Award, the Alice Award and the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

Ethel Winant was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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