CREATOR OF "THE LOVE BOAT" DIES AT 96

Feb 27, 2019

By Andy Johnson

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First she wrote the book and then turned it onto one of the most beloved TV series of the 1970s and 80s.

Jeraldine Saunders died yesterday at her home in Glendale, California from surgical complications.

Saunders wrote the 1974 novel the “The Love Boats,” which was used as the basis for the TV series. The book documented her experiences as the first female cruise director for a major cruise ship line.

“The Love Boat” was produced by Aaron Spelling and ran for almost 250-episodes between 1977 and 1990.

Jeraldine Saunders left no immediate family. She was 96.

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