Jerry Mayer'49 Bio

Jerry Mayer grew up in St. Louis, Mo. and has been married forever.  After working in the family construction business, Jerry threw caution to the winds and moved to Los Angeles with wife Emily and their three kids, so he could follow his first love, writing.  He looks back at that life change with great satisfaction.  Before long he was selling scripts to TV shows like “All in the Family,” “M*A*S*H,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show,”  where he was appointed “Story Editor.”  Next, Jerry was kicked upstairs to the job of Executive Producer of  NBC hit, “The Facts of Life.”  He also was hired to write for icon entertainer Mitzi Gaynor.  He wrote Mitzi’s Las Vegas acts and also six of her memorable TV Specials.  Jerry’s playwrighting career began when he joined the famed Oliver Hailey Playwright’s Group.  His first play, “Almost Perfect,” which Emily produced, was S.R.O. and ran a year and a half at Santa Monica Playhouse, then was published by Samuel French and ran Off Broadway.  Since then, Jerry has written a total of eight plays, one of them, a hit musical, “You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies,” written with his son, composer Steve Mayer.  Jerry Mayer has received Drama Logue awards for comedy playwrighting and his plays have been performed all over the U.S.A., in Canada and in many European countries.

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