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Former Academy President, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Fay Kanin Dies

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Former Academy President, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Fay Kanin Dies

Fay Kanin

She was the second woman to ever serve as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- if you count Bette Davis' first, month-long stint in the post in 1941.

Fay Kanin, also an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriter, died at the age of 95 on Wednesday in her Beverly Hills home, her family confirmed (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Kanin enjoyed success penning screenplays with her husband, the late Michael Kanin. Among their body of work was "Teacher's Pet" (1958), starring Clark Gable and Doris Day -- for which they were both Oscar nominated.

Kanin penned her television scripts on her own and gained two Emmy Awards in the '70s. She partnered with Lilian Gallo in 1980 to form Hustling -- one of Hollywood's first female-led production teams.

Kanin served as Academy president for four terms, starting in 1979 when she succeeded Howard W. Koch.

The Academy released a statement Wednesday night expressing deep sadness, remembering Kanin for her preservation work and expanding its public programming. "A tireless mentor and inspiration to countless filmmakers, Fay's passion for film continues to inspire us daily."