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Helen Jean Burn, American writer, educator. Recipient Cine Golden Eagle, Council International Non-theatrical Events for Outdoors Maryland, 1990, International Iris National Association Public television Program Executives for Too Young to Parent, 1990, Emmy for a Region Divided, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1990, Gold Medal for Best Writing, New York International Festivals, 1992.


Burn, Helen Jean was born on January 11, 1926 in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Daughter of Claude Herbert and Mary Edna (Watson) Riggs.


Bachelor, Western Maryland. College, Westminster, Maryland., 1949;postgraduate, Towson State University, Baltimore.


Head writer, Maryland. Public television, Owings Mills, 1967-1987;producer, Maryland. Public television, Owings Mills, 1988-1990.

Visiting lecturer Towson State University, Baltimore, 1980-1994. Visiting professor Johns HopkinsU., Baltimore, 1990-1992. Instructor screenwriting Warner Brothers television, division New Writer Recruitment, Burbank, California, since 1990.



Married James McAllister Burn Junior, December 19, 1952 (divorced 1974). Children: Angela Burn Gerken, Claudia, Melissa, James M. III, Robert.

Claude Herbert Riggs

Mary Edna (Watson) Riggs

James McAllister Burn Junior

Angela Burn Gerken Burn

Claudia Burn

Melissa Burn

James M. III Burn

Robert Burn