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Inez Asher
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Inez Harriett Silverberg

January 1, 1911
Died May 8, 2006 (aged 95)
Nationality United States
Other names Inez Hirsch
Occupation television writer, novelist
Spouse(s) Alvin Asher (m 1933–1967, his death)
James M. Hirsch (m 1982– )
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Inez Asher (née Inez Harriett Silverberg; January 1, 1911 in Des Moines, Iowa – May 8, 2006 in Yonkers, New York) was a novelist and television writer.

Early years

Inez Asher was the only child of Minor Silverberg, a Des Moines real estate agent, and Edna Harris Silverberg. When Inez was six years old, General Frederick Funston was holding her in his arms as he collapsed and died from a heart attack in the lobby of The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Inez was a member of the class of 1928, Theodore Roosevelt High School (Des Moines), attended Miss Orton's Classical School for Girls and UCLA; she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

Radio and television writer

Asher co-wrote the episode "Robert E. Lee" for the Famous Children of History radio program. With Emilie Roberts, Asher composed a short lecture, "Irene Talking." Asher wrote "The Last Orchid", the first episode of the Philco Players television program (1948). Asher wrote for Lassie (1954 TV series) and wrote the Welcome to Washington/Claudette Colbert Show of the Colgate Theatre.


Like many Hollywood writers of the 1930s, Asher was singled out for her left wing views. In 1934 she was listed in Elizabeth Dilling's self-published The red network; a "who's who" and handbook of radicalism for patriots.

Novelist and poet

Asher published one novel, Family Sins (Pinnacle Books, New York 1983), the story of an American widow who travels to the Orient in pursuit of a Korean orphan and ends up in the arms of a handsome but married Japanese doctor. Asher was co-author (with illustrator Alice Rovinsky) of two illustrated books of verse: Look at Me! A See Yourself Book for Boys and Look at Me! A See Yourself Book for Girls (Garden City Books, Garden City, New York 1951). Parents would paste a child's photo in the designated spot inside the back cover and as the child turned the pages he would see his face, through a hole cut in each page, in all the people he wanted to be: pilot, railroad conductor, etc. "Look at me, and you will see, all the things I'd like to be. If I were a fireman brave, Folks in danger I would save!" or "To be a cowboy, Bronco Bill, That would give me such a thrill!" Publishers Weekly called the books "A delightful novelty."


Asher was married to Alvin Asher, an attorney for MGM, and to James Marvin Hirsch.

Later years

Asher worked as a coordinator in the International Student Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She died in Yonkers, New York, and is interred in the Home of Peace Cemetery (East Los Angeles).

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