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Feb 14, 2020

Emmy-Nominated Writer, Producer and Monmouth County Resident Dies at 64

IMDB -Jane Milmore

American playwright and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and actress Jane Milmore passed away Feb. 4 from pancreatic cancer. Milmore, best known for her work with fellow New Jersey native and writing partner Billy Van Zandt, was 64.

Milmore and Van Zandt were writing partners for more than 46 years, collaborating on sitcoms such as Yes, Dear, The Hughleys, Suddenly Susan and The Wayans Bros. to name a few. An Emmy nominee came in 1990 for their joint work on writing on the CBS special, I Love Lucy: The Very First Show.ย She also received a People’s Choice Award and an NAACP award for her work on Martin.

In addition to her various work in television, Milmore was an accomplished playwright, collaborating with Van Zandt on more than 23 plays including Love, Sex and the I.R.S. as well as the off-Broadway shows You’ve Got Hate Mail, Drop Dead! and The Boomer Boys Musical.

Milmore was born in Wyoming on Mar. 25, 1955 and raised in Keansburg, where she graduated from Keansburg High School. It was during that time that she met Van Zandt at a high school drama competition. Milmore started her career as an actress, though also served as a story editor with Van Zandt on Newhart in 1988. She and Van Zandt often debuted plays at the Van Zandt/Milmore Unofficial Rep Company in the Garden State. They gave away more than 20 scholarships in their name via the theater education program at Brookdale Community College.

Milmore most recently was a resident of Rumson, while also having residences in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California. She is survived by her life partner, Emmy Award-winning director Shelley Jensen and their beloved Yorkie, Boots; four sisters Maureen Milmore of Studio City, California; Janet Wheeler of Red Bank, Kathleen Milmore of Toluca Lake, California; Jennifer Malins of Brentwood, California; brothers-in-law Scott Wheeler and Greg Malins; nephews John Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler, Riley Anderson, Jack Malins and Harry Malins; godsons Walker Van Zandt and William Van Zandt; her brother-from-another-mother, Jeff Babey; her creative partner of 46 years, Billy Van Zandt; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.