William Hanley, Emmy-winning writer, 80

William Hanley, 80, a Broadway playwright and award-winning screenwriter who scripted a pioneering TV film that dealt with incest, died Friday at his home in Ridgefield, Conn.

Mr. Hanley’s works include Slow Dance on the Killing Ground and Mrs. Dally Has a Lover and the teleplays The Long Way Home and The Kennedys of Massachusetts.

Mr. Hanley won Emmys for the TV movies The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank and Something About Amelia.

First aired in 1984 on ABC, Amelia explored the largely taboo topic of parental sexual abuse. Ted Danson, then the star of the hit sitcom Cheers, portrayed a doting, well-to-do father exposed as having had sexual relations with his teenage daughter.

Glenn Close played the mother in the critically acclaimed, top-rated program, which also won Emmys for outstanding drama special and for young Roxanne Zal, who played the abused daughter.

 

 — AP