Vale: Mary Wright

Writer Mary Wright, who wrote on Aussie dramas The Sullivans, Cop Shop and Sugar and Spice, has died aged 96.

An obituary by her daughter Carolyn for the Australian Writers’ Guild recalls she trained as an artist, before writing children’s stories and illustrations for ATN7, later joining ABC as a writer/researcher on Big City and writing scripts for migrants on Contact.

In 1975, she joined Reg Grundy Ltd as storyliner / scriptwriter on Class of 75. She also assessed scripts for the Australian Film Commission and assessed students’ input for the Film Radio and Television School correspondence section.

Along with husband Brian, Mary Wright joined Crawford Productions as a trainee script editor and scriptwriter on Cop Shop, and became part of the writing team on The Sullivans for several years. She later assessed film, miniseries and series projects submitted to Crawfords and was employed to come up with new projects on Australian subjects.

In the 1980s she wrote the storyline for ABC’s Sugar and Spice and a large percentage of the scripts.

She was awarded a Life Membership of the AWG.

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