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writer , actress

Louise Shaffer is an American actress, script writer, and author.


Mrs. Shaffer was born in Woodbridge, Connecticut, United States, on July 5, 1942. She was a daughter of Jane (Piccolo) Shaffer.


After finishing high school, she attended Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), then Yale Drama School, and Northwestern University.


Mrs. Shaffer is known as a writer and actress. Throughout her life, Louise Shaffer has appeared in numerous soap operas, including Search for Tomorrow where she played two separate roles, Hidden Faces, and Where the Heart Is. In September 1977, she began her most recognized role was that of powerful journalism magnate Rae Woodard on Ryan's Hope, a role she played for 6 1/2 years, and then reprised for the show's finale in 1989.

Once this storyline concluded, Louise Shaffer was taken off-contract but continued to make recurring appearances until early 1984 when she was hired for Search For Tomorrow.

Then Mrs. Shaffer began writing for soap operas instead of acting on them. Since the late 1980s, she has written for Ryan's Hope, Loving, General Hospital, and As the World Turns. She has also acted as an operator of Home Sweet Home, "an amateur animal shelter" in Georgia.


  • Louise Shaffer is an oustanding actress and author. In addition to scriptwriting, Mrs. Shaffer has written numerous books.


Quotations: "For most of my life I have been an actress, who happily said other people’s words and tried not to think about the fact that she had some words of her own to say. Then I turned forty and, in the fine theatrical tradition of this society, became unemployable. I started using words in a more direct way, and now I’m even happier than I was. I have a home in Georgia, which allows me to indulge in my love of animals. I spend at least half my time in New York, which allows me to indulge in my love of the city."


Louise Shaffer was formerly married to actor Toby Tompkins. She then married Roger Crews, an independent producer and writer, in 1980. She has two stepchildren.

Jane (Piccolo) Shaffer - American

Toby Tompkins - American

Roger Crews - American - producer , writer