Bernard Slade, ‘Partridge Family’ Creator, Dies at 89

He also wrote the Broadway show “Same Time, Next Year”

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Playwright, screenwriter and Oscar-nominee Bernard Slade has died at the age of 89 in his Beverly Hills home due to complications from Lewy body dementia, according to Broadway World.

Slade is known for creating “The Partridge Family” television series in 1970, and for writing the Broadway show “Same Time, Next Year” in 1975. He later adapted the play into a feature film and wrote the screenplay for the feature film version in 1978. The story follows a man and a woman in separate marriages who have a one-night affair and end up meeting in the same place every year on the anniversary of that night.

Slade also wrote for television shows from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, such as “Encounter,” which he also acted in, as well as “Playdate,” “Love on a Rooftop,” “Bewitched,” and “The Flying Nun.” He is credited as having created the TV series “Bridget Loves Bernie” and “The Girl With Something Extra” in addition to “The Partridge Family,” which follows a widowed mother and her five children who form a band, make a hit record, and travel the country in a school bus. The show was inspired by Slade seeing The Cowsills perform on the “Tonight Show.”

Slade is survived by his two children, Laurie Newbound and Chris Newbound, a sister, and four grand-daughters.