Jessica Klein, writer-producer of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ dies at 66

Jessica Klein, an award-winning television writer and producer who worked on “Beverly Hills, 90210” for six seasons, died of pancreatic cancer on July 13 at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 66 years old.

According to Variety, Shira Rose, Klein’s daughter, confirmed her mother’s death and said she died “thriving, surrounded by her biggest fans, her family.”

In the late 1970s, after moving to Los Angeles, Klein married her literary partner, Steve Wasserman. On “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the duo worked together as writers and executive producers, launching Klein’s prime-time career.

After Wasserman’s death in 1998, Klein worked on “Just Deal”, “Sk8” and “Scout’s Safari” with Tommy Lynch, his creative collaborator. Other notable credits include “Secret Central”, “Mancuso”, “FBI”, “Gabriel’s Fire”, “Northern Exposure”, and “Mancuso”.

Klein was raised by her father, a co-founder of Barton’s Candy and a Holocaust survivor, and her mother, a senior administrator at Weill Cornell Medical College. Klein was born in Manhattan on March 14, 1956. Klein earned a degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard Radcliffe in 1977.

Prior to partnering with Wasserman, Klein made his television debut as an assistant on “Sesame Street.” She then worked as a writer, producer and chief creative officer on “Make It Pop” and “The Other Kingdom”, among other projects.

In 2000, Klein married Isaac Levenbrown, wedding painter and audiovisual specialist. The couple moved to Virginia in 2011, when Klein began teaching screenwriting at Drexel University. Following Levenbrown’s passing, Klein moved to Toronto before returning to Los Angeles, as Variety reports.

Shira Rose Klein’s daughters, Josh, Brittany and Jonathan, and their mother’s brother, David, Shayna, Mendel, Zisi, Asher, Lily and Elliott, survive her.

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