Gene Perret, Emmy-Winning Writer on The Carol Burnett Show, Dead at 85

Three-time Emmy-winning writer Gene Perret, creator of "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Three's Company," died at the age of 85 on November 15 at his home in Westlake Village, California.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, his daughter Linda said that Perret died of liver failure.  In a separate Facebook post on November 15, she wrote, "This is one post I wished I never had to write.  There are so many words to describe Jean Perret - kind, talented, gracious, giving, loving, funny, and not to forget, fun.  To many of you, he was a mentor, a job he took very seriously and was very proud of, but to me, he was the best father a girl could ask for.  Today, we said goodbye to her and my heart is broken.  I am going to miss her but will love her forever and ever.  RIP, Dad, you deserve it!


Gene Perret, Emmy-Winning Writer on The Carol Burnett Show, Dead at 85

In 1956, nineteen-year-old Jean Perret, who was then working as an engineer, would introduce himself to the world of comedy after making his boss laugh at a company party and being hired by Slappy White and Phyllis Diller.  At the time, stand-up comedy was considered royalty.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 1969, Jean Perret officially quit his job as an engineer, stating that becoming a comedian was a "natural progression".  After moving to LA, the author picked up a few odd jobs as a comedy writer for shows such as The Jim Neighbors Hour before being hired by actress and comedian Carol Burnett in 1973 for The Carol Burnett Show on CBS.  Jean would remain with the show until the end of its run in 1978 and would be nominated for six Emmy Awards in those five years, winning in 1974, 1975, and 1978, according to Deadline.


After his run on The Carol Burnett Show ended, Jean Perret further cemented his legacy as a comedian by writing for such popular sitcoms as Welcome Back, Kotter (1978), and Three's Company (1979).  Between 1980 and 1981, Gimme a Break!  Gene would be briefly reunited with Carol Burnett for a handful of episodes of The Tim Conway Show, before returning to television writing with The Tim Conway Show!  and The Shape of Things in 1982.


1984 would see Jean Perret partner with comedian Bob Hope for Bob Hope's USO Christmas in Beirut, beginning a relationship between Hope and Perret that would last 28 years and at least 36 appearances, including Bob Hope's Jolly Christmas Show (1988).  TV movies and comedy specials) and Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter (1992).  In 1993, Jean Perret also supervised the writing of Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, a made-for-TV documentary about the comedian's life.


Most recently, Jean Perret can be found as a writing consultant for the popular comedy brand Studio C in 2014.  , six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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