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Alan Shayne
Alan Shayne is the co-author, with Norman Sunshine, of Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood (Magnus Books). He was was President of Warner Brothers Television for 10 years, where he shepherded such hit shows as Alice, The Dukes of Hazard, Night Court, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Head of the Class and Growing Pains. In addition to holding other positions at the Warner Brothers Studio, he has been an independent film and television producer with such projects as The Bourne Identity starring Richard Chamberlain (nominated for an Emmy), and he won a Christopher Award for The House Without a Christmas Tree. He began his career in television with David Susskind’s production company, after working in the Broadway casting office for David Merrick. Prior to that, he was an actor on Broadway and in television.

Entries by Alan Shayne

A Memory of Two Joans

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:38 PM

I first met Joan Rivers almost 50 years ago when I was a casting director working on The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster. Most of the film took place in wealthy suburbia so the actors had to seem like upper class wasps. However there was one scene in a public swimming...

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Same-Sex Marriage - 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Ten years ago in May, 2004, Massachusetts had its first legal same-sex marriage. The ceremony was also the first of its kind to be held in the United States. My partner -- soon to be called my spouse -- and I were married a few months later on the advice,...

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A Charmed Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 11:03 PM

In the months since the memoir of our 50 years together, Double Life: A Love Story, was published, Norman Sunshine and I have received many extraordinary letters. In addition to the positive comments about the book, people have written us about their own lives. We learned about a gay brother...

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Free the Children

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:12 PM

I think the chances of the Supreme Court Justices ever seeing this article are one in nine million, which is the estimated number of gay people in the United States. But I feel compelled to write it because I'm afraid some of the most important reasons to endorse same-sex marriage...

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Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington: Your Vote, Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 6:42 PM

Norman came into my bedroom and sat down in the wing chair by the fireplace. "Something's wrong with me," he said. ""I tried to dial the phone and I couldn't figure out the numbers. I don't feel right." He spoke very slowly and with some difficulty. His voice was a...

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You Gotta Get a Gimmick?

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Several days ago, the New York Times published a review of the restaurant Eleven Madison Park in New York City. New Yorkers had been waiting patiently for the new menu, at the great dining establishment, to be ready for the public. With appropriate fanfare and an endless tribute...

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How I Was Almost a Movie Star

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 7:23 PM

Recently, I was sitting on the terrace of our local inn having lunch with some friends, when one of them casually mentioned that he'd seen me in a television film on YouTube. "You mean the video that Norman Sunshine and I did for our book Double Life?" I asked.


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Mystery of a Movie Star

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:23 PM

Last night I started to read Frank Langella's Dropped Names, often linked and sold by Amazon with Double Life, a memoir that Norman Sunshine and I wrote. I was very impressed with the quality of Frank's writing and pleased that he mentioned a television show in which I had cast...

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Here Come the Grooms

(4) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 11:49 AM

The first gay wedding I went to was my own in August of 2004, the first year that two men could get married in Massachusetts. It was a simple affair, just Norman and me on a beach in Nantucket with the local Justice of the Peace and a photographer who...

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The New Age of Obamalove

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 9:44 AM

The morning after President Obama announced that he was for marriage equality, I pulled the cord that opened the curtains in my bedroom and I sensed that something was different. Was it just that the sun was shining after days of rain, I wondered, or was it the cherry blossoms...

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Obama's 'Evolving' Views on Same-Sex Marriage

(28) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Recently, at a book party at the Harman Center of the Arts in Washington DC, that Michael Kahn, the head of the Shakespeare Theater gave for Double Life, a book that my partner Norman Sunshine and I had written together, we spoke about our fifty year relationship. As the Washingtonian...

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What Destroys a Legend Most?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 3:17 PM

I recently read an article in the New York Times about a new book called Full Service by Scotty Bowers revealing the secret sex lives of the Hollywood stars of Yesteryear. I can't wait to find out if Rin Tin Tin had orgies in the kennel. Why can't we let...

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The Sun Doesn't Always Shine In Florida

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 3:27 PM

On January 31st, the Palm Beach Post published an article by the renowned author and journalist Scott Eyman about Double Life: A Love Story From Broadway to Hollywood, that my partner Norman Sunshine and I wrote about our 50-year relationship. (The book was reviewed in The Huffington Post...

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DOMA's Defeat Is Near... But It May Come Too Late for Me and My Spouse

(30) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 11:02 PM

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee continues to debate the Respect for Marriage Act, which may finally get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act.

I've been with my friend, partner, lover, comrade, spouse (I don't like the word "husband," because it seems to imply that I'm his wife, and...

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