Hursley, Doris

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Hursley, Doris Gender: F
Doris Berger
born on 29 September 1898 at 22:30 (= 10:30 PM )
Place Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 43n02, 87w54
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 09°51 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 10°56'


American television writer who, with her spouse Frank Hursley, formed a husband-and-wife team, best known for their serials, especially the medical drama General Hospital which they created for ABC Daytime in 1963. It was the first serious effort by that network to create a daytime serial.

Today, General Hospital is the longest-running daytime serial on American television. The duo head wrote the show until 1973, when they handed the reins to their daughter and son-in-law, Bridget and Jerome Dobson. In 1969, the Hursleys created and wrote the NBC Daytime soap opera Bright Promise that starred Dana Andrews as college president Tom Boswell. However, they soon left that series and it was eventually cancelled in 1972. The Hursleys retired from writing serials.

Doris was the eldest daughter of Socialist Congressman Victor Berger and held a law degree from Marquette University. After her divorce in 1935 from her first husband, she married Frank in 1936. The couple began writing for radio during World War II and moved from their home in Thiensville, Wisconsin to California in 1946.

Doris Hursley died on 5 May 1984 at aged 85 in Santa Barbara, California. Frank died on 3 February 1989 at age 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 1936 (Frank Hursley)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate (no. 6176).


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (47+ years with Frank Hursley)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Radio and TV writer)