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Ellen Weston (born Ellen Weinstein, April 19, 1939) is an American actress, producer, and writer.


Early yearsEdit

Born in New York City,[1] Weston is the daughter of educators; her mother was a teacher, and her father was a superintendent of schools. She attended Performing Arts High School,[2] Hofstra University,[3] New York University, and Hunter College. She completed work on her bachelor of arts degree two years after she dropped out to act full-time.[1]


Weston's Broadway credits include Toys in the Attic, A Far Country, and Mary, Mary.[4]

Her first notable television role was a stint as Robin Fletcher on Guiding Light from 1963–64, followed by another daytime role as Karen Gregory on Another World.[1] In 1979 she appeared as Derek's ex-wife on The Young and the Restless.[5]

Weston portrayed Betty Harrelson in S.W.A.T.[6] and Dr. Steele in Get Smart.[1] She also appeared in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Bewitched, Bonanza, Wonder Woman, and The Bob Newhart Show, and television movies such as Letters from Three Lovers (1973), Miracle on 34th Street (1973), The Questor Tapes (1974) and Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980).[5]

Weston's only feature film was Dangerous Relations.[2]

In 1972, Weston co-wrote seven songs with singer Lesley Gore for Gore's MoWest debut album Someplace Else Now.[2] Weston's first writing job was as a staff writer for the CBS soap opera Capitol. She was hired to write made-for-TV movies, including Lies Before Kisses, See Jane Run, The Disappearance of Vonnie, and the 1999 movie As The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story. She was a producer for several of the movies.[5]

In 2003 John Conboy, executive producer of Guiding Light hired Weston, who had worked for him on The Young and the Restless and Capitol, as the head writer. Weston's central story was the Maryanne Carruthers mystery. The story brought actress Carrie Nye, a friend of Weston, back to the show. The story was criticized for its resemblance to a similar plot that Guiding Light had broadcast twenty years earlier, and for the substantial revisions to history that the story made for five main characters. Weston was replaced by new executive producer David Kreizman in 2004.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Weston married audio engineer Ami Hadani of TTG Studios on September 8, 1963. They had one son, Jonathan Hadani (aka Jon Weston).


  1. ^ a b c d "Ellen Weston leads a 'doubled' life". The Baltimore Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. April 7, 1968. p. 216. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Will (July 30, 1972). "Will Jones: after last night". Star Tribune. Minnesota, Minneapolis. p. 51. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ Witbeck, Charles (February 14, 1975). "The Queen Mary is Queen for a day again". The Daily Reporter. Ohio, Dover. p. 29. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ "Ellen Weston". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Ellen Weston on IMDb
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1044. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ David Kreizman profile,; accessed July 23, 2017.