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Lela Swift
Aliases: Lela
Gender: Female
Medium(s): Television
Roles: Director; Producer
Date of birth: February 1st, 1919
Place of birth: New York City, New York
Date of death: August 4th, 2015
Place of death: Santa Monica, California
Notable works: Dark Shadows
1st Horror: Dark Shadows: 1

Lela Swift was an American television director and producer commonly associated with the 1966 television series Dark Shadows. Swift directed a total of 585 episodes of the program and produced 126 episodes.

Body of work[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Dark Shadows[edit | edit source]

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As producer[edit | edit source]

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Lela Swift was the only female director of drama television during the 1950s. [4]
  • Lela Swift won four Daytime Emmy awards for the category of Outstanding Direction for a Daytime Drama for her work on Ryan's Hope. She won the Emmy in 1977, 1979 and 1980 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1978.
  • Lela Swift has the distinction of directing both the first and final episodes of Dark Shadows. Joining her in this accomplishment are Joan Bennett and Louis Edmonds, the only two actors from the series to appear in both the first and final episodes (albeit as different characters).
  • Swift was credited for directing Dark Shadows episode 24, however it was in fact directed by John Sedwick.

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  4. Women Behind TV


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