Aleen Leslie, Oldest WGA Member, Dead at 101

Scribe penned everything from “Three Stooges” to “Henry Aldrich” flicks; also produced radio and wrote novels

Last Updated: February 8, 2010 @ 4:55 PM

Aleen Leslie, the Writers Guild of America’s oldest living member, died at the age of 101 in Beverly Hills on Feb. 2, the guild announced Monday.

A former Pittsburgh Press columnist who talked her way onto the Universal lot in the 1930s and began writing for “The Three Stooges,” Leslie was only one of among about a dozen female screenwriters at the time.

She had 19 credited movies to her name, including "Affectionately Yours,"  “Father Was a Fullback,” “The Doctor Takes a Wife,” “Father Is a Bachelor” and “Rosie the Riveter.” She also co-wrote the “Henry Aldrich” series.

Married to entertainment attorney Jacques Leslie, she also created the radio show “A Date With Judy” for actress Helen Mack in the 1940s.

Later in her career, she also churned out two novels, including 1999’s “Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime,” which stayed on the L.A. Times’ best-seller list for 28 weeks.