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Betty Mears Wainwright, American screenwriter, author. Reputed to be 1st female writer, producer in television. Recipient 3 Lulu awards Los Angeles Advertising Women's Association, 1947-1950, 1st place screenplay award Houston International Film Festival, 1983, Emmy award nomination for drama Paramount television (1st of its kind for Hollywood production); named Golden Poet of 1987 World of Poetry Publications.


Wainwright, Betty Mears was born on March 2, 1910 in Colon, Canal Zone, Panama. Came to the United States, 1915. Daughter of Frederick and Jane (Wainwright) Mears.


Bachelor, Vassar College, 1932. Postgraduate, University Washington.


Writer Station KOMO, Seattle, 1942-1945. Writer Your Hit Parade, others NBC-television, Hollywood, California, 1946-1949. Writer, producer Paramount television, 1949-1952, various television shows, Hollywood, 1952-1957.

Writer Texas Rangers NBC, 1952-1954. Writer Zorro Walt Disney, 1954. Writer producer various international television shows, Sydney, Australia, 1958-1967, Hollywood, since 1968.

Director, writer Windward Reporter, Kailua, Hawaii, 1958.


  • Reputed to be 1st female writer, producer in television.


  • Other Work

    • Playwright: Nefertiti: Queen of Egypt, 1939 (Maxwell Anderson Verse Drama award 1939). Writer Rhodes Newscast (Peabody award 1945).


Member Academy television Arts and Sciences (co-founder, board directors 1949-1953), Writers Guild American West (writer emeritus). Clubs: Vassar of Southern California.


Married Henry Meiggs, June 8, 1936 (divorced 1944). 1 child, Frederick Mears Wainwright (deceased).

Frederick Mears

Jane (Wainwright) Mears

Henry Meiggs

Frederick Mears Wainwright Wainwright (deceased)