Emmy-winning writer Jean Perret, who wrote for “The Carol Burnett Show” as well as Bob Hope, has died at the age of 85.
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His daughter Linda Perret told hollywood reporter that her beloved father had died of liver failure on November 15 at their home in Westlake Village, California.
During his illustrious career, Perret was a treasured writer on “The Carol Burnett Show”—for which he won three emmys for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1974, 1975 and 1978.
His star status propelled him to major fame among Hollywood locals, and he later wrote for “All in the Family,” “Welcome Back,” “Cotter,” and “Three’s Company.”
According to his website, Perret wrote jokes for Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Bill Cosby, and Tim Conway, to name a few. He served as Hope’s head writer from 1969 until the comedian’s retirement.
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During a career spanning five decades, Perret also dabbled in writing books, which contributed immensely to his success. He wrote over 45 books on comedy, and subsequently contributed to many well-known publications.
talking to Author In 2016, Perret was asked how he determined that what he saw on the page in front of him was good material.
“You really don’t,” he told the outlet. “Comedian writers depend on their sense of humor and experience to determine what’s funny. But basically, we’re just guessing.”
“Many times a joke you love is rejected by the client or the rest of the writing staff. Writers must go with their gut instincts, but ultimately it is the audience that determines what is funny,” he said. .
Perret is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan, and children Joe, Terry, Carol and Linda. He also left behind six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.