Bunny Stivers, People's Choice Awards Producer, Dies at 93

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Bunny Stivers

She and her late husband also were behind the annual 'Circus of the Stars' special.

Bunny Stivers, a TV writer and producer who partnered with her late husband, Bob Stivers, on the People's Choice Awards and Circus of the Stars, has died. She was 93.

Stivers died peacefully on Tuesday in her home in Los Angeles, son Tom Stock-Hendel announced.

The People's Choice Awards, created by Bob Stivers, first aired in 1975 on CBS. The couple sold the program to Procter & Gamble in 1982, and it is now property of NBCUniversal's E! Entertainment.

She and her husband also collaborated on another perennial, Circus of the Stars, which aired on CBS from 1977-94, and she produced that show from 1988-94. Their credits also included spinoff specials like The People's Command Performance, Celebrity Daredevils and The Wildest West Show of the Stars.

Bob Stivers died in 1988 at age 66.

Born in Pittsburgh, Bunny Stivers graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1945. She began her career in television in the 1950s in New York City, writing copy for the game show The Big Payoff and working for Dick Clark.

She and Bob moved to Los Angeles in 1969 to produce the game show The Movie Game and then did the talk show Dinah's Place, starring Dinah Shore.

She was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of America and active with the American Film Institute.

Survivors include her sister Rita; sons Larry and Tom and their wives, Lucy and Vivian; and grandchildren Rachael, Matthew, Jennifer and Kristen.

A memorial will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Guide Dogs of America.

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