Paul Avila Mayer

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Paul Avila Mayer (May 28, 1928 – July 10, 2009) was an American television writer and producer.


Personal life

Mayer was born May 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Edwin Justus Mayer and Frances O'Neill. [1] [2] He was married to actress and comedian Sasha Von Scherler, the daughter of Stephen and Ruth Litscher, who died in 2000 of lung disease. They had three children together, daughters Rachael, Ruth, and Daisy. [3]

Positions held

Awards and nominations

Mayer was nominated for ten Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, for his work on Ryan's Hope . He was nominated annually except for 1982, from 1977 to 1984, and won eight times in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, and 1984. His first win was shared with Claire Labine and Mary Ryan Munisteri, while his first nomination was shared with Labine and Robert Costello.

After Ryan's Hope

According to an interview with co-creator Claire Labine, after the show's cancellation in 1989, Paul went back to school at the age of 56. He earned a Master of Social Work degree and then studied at a psychoanalytic institute, launching a successful career as a psychoanalyst. Mayer died on July 10, 2009 of a brain tumor. [4] [5]

HW tenure

Preceded by
Pat Falken Smith
head writer of Where the Heart Is
(with Claire Labine)

mid 1970 March 1973
Succeeded by
Show Ended
Preceded by
Loring Mandel
head writer of Love of Life
(with Claire Labine)

March 1973 July 1975
Succeeded by
Jean Halloway
Preceded by
head writer of Ryan's Hope
(with Claire Labine)

July 1975 July 1982
Succeeded by
Mary Ryan Munisteri
Preceded by
Mary Ryan Munisteri
head writer of Ryan's Hope
(with Claire Labine)

January 1983 December 1983
Succeeded by
Pat Falken Smith
& James E. Reilly
Preceded by
Caroline Franz & Jeanne Glynn
head writer of Search for Tomorrow
(with Stephanie Braxton)

March 1985 November 1985
Succeeded by
Gary Tomlin
Preceded by
Tom King & Millee Taggart
head writer of Ryan's Hope
(with Matthew Labine, Claire Labine & Eleanor Labine)

February 1987 January 1989
Succeeded by
Show Ended

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  1. We Love Soaps obituary
  2. "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 January 2018), Paul Avila Mayer, 28 May 1928; citing Birth, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, California State Archives, Sacramento.
  3. "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006," database with images, FamilySearch( : 17 March 2018), Paul Avila Mayer in entry for Sasha Von Scherler, 2000; citing , Obituary, Grand Rapids Public Library, Michigan; FHL microfilm 7,597,950.
  4. We Love Soaps interview with Claire Labine
  5. We Love Soaps obituary