Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – 2:17 PM
Emmy-winning TV writer/producer and longtime Beverly Hills resident Marilyn Hall died yesterday. She was 90.
Wife of legendary game show personality Monty Hall – creator of “Let’s Make a Deal” – the two would have marked their 70th wedding anniversary in September.
Originally born in Winnipeg, Canada, Hall moved to Toronto at 12 where she became a child actress, performing on Toronto stages and eventually becoming the main ingenue in Canadian radio where she found great success at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as the voice of Alice in Alice In Wonderland.
Following her marriage to fellow Canadian Monty, Hall went on to write for radio and television, in addition to teaching radio writing at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The family later moved to New York in 1956 just after NBC green lit one of Monty Hall’s earliest shows. In New York, Hall became a BMI lyric writer and served as vice president of the Women’s Committee of Brandeis University in Westchester County. In 1962 the family moved to Beverly Hills, where the Halls went on to raise their three children, Richard, Joanna and Sharon.
In Los Angeles, Hall continued her philanthropic efforts for Brandeis University in addition to supporting a wide variety of organizations, including the Jewish Welfare Fund, Tel Aviv University, Guardians of Courage, Israel Bonds, Tel Aviv University, the Jewish Home for the Aging and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Top among her career highlights was serving as associate producer of the 1982 Emmy-winning television movie “A Woman Called Golda,” starring Ingrid Bergman and Leonard Nimoy.
Hall is survived by her husband, Monty Hall, three children and five grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at Hillside Memorial Park.