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Diane English to receive Writers Guild Paddy Chayefsky award for television writing

January 20, 2011 |  4:49 pm

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"Murphy Brown" creator Diane English will be given the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, honoring her fruitful career in television writing.

In addition to "Murphy Brown," which ran for 10 seasons on CBS with Candice Bergen in the groundbreaking titular role, English wrote for "Sister Sam," starring Pam Dawber, and created the shows "Love & War," "Double Rush," with Stephen Nathan, and "Ink."

For the big screen, she wrote and directed "The Women," with an all-star cast headed by Meg Ryan and Annette Bening.

She will be honored on Feb. 5, during the WGA's annual award show.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Candice Bergen in a 1997 scene from "Murphy Brown." Credit: CBS.