Gee Nicholl passes away

Jan 14, 2009 by Ian Evans

We’ve written several times over the years about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program. Sadly, Gladys E. (Gee) Nicholl, a long-time benefactor of media-related activities and the widow of television writer-producer Don Nicholl, died on January 6 in Santa Barbara after a short illness.

Gee, whose career saw her dance, act, model, and write, moved to Los Angeles when her husband landed a gig writing on All in the Family. After his death in 1980, Gee helped fulfill his dream of helping young writers by providing grants for students in the screenwriting program at Stanford University and then for the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program. In the 24 years since its inception, the Nicholl Fellowships has become one of the world’s most prestigious writing awards for amateur writers.