TV writer, producer Allan Manings dies

Created 'One Day at a Time'

Allan Manings, who created the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time" with his late wife, actress Whitney Blake, died May 11 of a heart attack in Beverly Hills. He was 86.

Manings, who recently underwent surgery for esophageal cancer, died after going into cardiac arrest at his oncologist's office, his stepdaughter, actress Meredith Baxter, told the Los Angeles Times.

Manings also wrote for such shows as "Leave It to Beaver," "McHale's Navy," "Petticoat Junction," "Good Times" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." He won an Emmy in 1968 for his work on the latter and received the WGA's Morgan Cox Award in 1997.

Manings and Blake created "One Day at a Time" for Norman Lear's company. The sitcom ran from 1975-84 and starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mom and Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as her teenage daughters.

In addition to Baxter, Manings is survived by two stepsons, Richard and Brian Baxter; his sister, Muriel Manings; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services are pending.
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