May 28 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering Adele Strassfield, the only woman to write an episode of the original TZ series

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May 28, 2018

Today, May 28th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember television writer Adele Strassfield on the anniversary of her birth in 1924.

In this new era of female empowerment, it is an honor to toast Strassfield, as she's the only woman to write an episode of the original Twilight Zone series: Season 5's "Caesar and Me." Although it was a return to ground previously covered in "The Dummy," the episode was blessed with a terrific Jackie Cooper as ventriloquist Jonathan West, a down-on-his-luck performer tormented by his take-charge dummy.


"Caesar and Me" also boasted a talented young actress - Suzanne Cupito - who would later become TV star Morgan Brittany.  Here she's playing a snooping neighbor who discovers the truth about the ventriloquist's dummy.  

Strassfield (1924-1977) was originally producer William Froug's assistant; when she came up with the idea for "Caesar and Me," Froug told her to write the script. She went on to write two more scripts: one for Gilligan's Island and one for Insight.

So let us raise a high glass to a young woman who broke through the glass ceiling of a series with seemingly no ceiling, The Twilight Zone.

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