"I remember one time somebody told me that they were in a meeting and they said, 'that Winfred Hervey has a mind of her own.' And I thought that was so hilarious because I didn't know what was wrong with that."
About This Interview
In her three-hour plus Archive interview, writer/producer Winifred Hervey talks about her early interest in theater and writing. She describes getting a Television Academy internship on the show Rhoda, and getting accepted to the Warner Bros. Writing Workshop based on a spec script of Rhoda. She speaks of interning on Laverne & Shirley, and later being hired as a staff writer on the program. She outlines tensions on the show, and how she came to write for another Garry Marshall production, Mork & Mindy. Hervey then speaks of becoming story editor for The New Odd Couple, and writing for Benson and The Cosby Show. She explains why she was fired from The Cosby Show, and shares how much she enjoyed writing for The Golden Girls (and for Bea Arthur in particular). She also recalls her time as Executive Producer of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and recounts creating In the House and The Steve Harvey Show. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on August 8, 2013 in North Hollywood, CA.