Susan Harris

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Susan Harris is an American television comedy writer and producer, who created numerous successful American TV comedy shows, including Fay, Soap, Benson, It Takes Two, Empty Nest, Nurses, Good & Evil, The Golden Palace, and The Secret Lives of Men. Her longest running and most awarded show was The Golden Girls which aired from 1985 to 1992.[1] She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2011.[2] She lives with chronic fatigue syndrome.[3]

Chronic fatigue syndrome[edit | edit source]

She lives with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and worked the topic of the illness into The Golden Girls by having Bea Arthur's character, Dorothy Zbornak, diagnosed with it.[4]

In a 2010 magazine interview, Harris talked about still having chronic fatigue syndrome: "It's something that some people get over and others don't. I'm better now than I was -- much better than I was. For example, I used to be a runner, but I had to stop. Now I'm a walker. It's that kind of difference... Now, I didn't stay with the The Golden Girls show. I was in and out for three years. After my experience with Soap it was too exhausting, and I just couldn't put myself through that again. Then I had a baby to raise."[3]

Golden Girls CFS episode[edit | edit source]

Dorothy confronts Doctor Budd - Golden Girls: Sick and Tired

Susan Harris wrote the Sick and Tired, a two-part episode of The Golden Girls, which may have been the first representation of chronic fatigue syndrome on popular TV when it aired in 1989.[4] In Sick and Tired, Dorothy travels from doctor to doctor to find out what was wrong with her, while continually being dismissed, ignored and made to feel as though she needs a psychiatrist instead of a physician. One doctor tells her she is just getting old and that maybe she should color her hair.[5] After being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, Dorothy confronts her doctor about his dismissive and unhelpful attitude to her.

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Website/Blog
  • YouTube

Learn more[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Susan Harris". IMDb. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  2. "Susan Harris". Emmys - Television Academy. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fitzharris, D (October 2010). "Catching Up With The Golden Girls' Susan Harris". Out Magazine. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hughes, Terry (September 30, 1989), Sick and Tired: Part 2, The Golden Girls, retrieved December 6, 2021
  5. "How The Golden Girls Broke New Ground". Michael Cavacini. July 15, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2021.