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Marilyn Hall (May 17, 1927 – June 5, 2017) was a Canadian-born American television and theatre producer, as well as a television writer. She also wrote songs, a cookbook and book reviews. She supported many charities, including Jewish causes in the United States and Israel.

Marilyn Hall
Born Marilyn Doreen Plottel[citation needed]
(1927-05-17)May 17, 1927
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died June 5, 2017(2017-06-05) (aged 90)
California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Toronto
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Occupation Television producer, philanthropist
Spouse(s) Monty Hall
(m. 1947; her death 2017)
Children 3, including Joanna Gleason
Relatives Chris Sarandon (son-in-law)


Early lifeEdit

Marilyn Doreen Plottel was born on May 17, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1][2][3] She graduated from the University of Toronto, where she earned a bachelor's degree.[2] She later earned a master in fine arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.[2]


Hall began her career in radio for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[2][3][4] She subsequently became a songwriter; her song Is It Possible That I’ve Been Gone So Long was recorded by Hildegarde.[4] She was a television writer for Love, American Style and Lights, Camera, Monty![2][3][4] She was an associate producer of Jelly's Last Jam and Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.[3] On television, she produced the PBS adaption of The Ginger Tree as well as the 1984 film Nadia.[2][3][4] She also produced A Woman Called Golda and Do You Remember Love?, both of which won Emmy Awards.[2][3] She also produced documentary films for Tel Aviv University in Israel.[3][4]

Hall was a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times.[3][4] She co-authored a cookbook, The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook, with rabbi Jerome Cutler in 1975.[3][4]


Hall served on the board of trustees of Variety Clubs International, and she produced their International Humanitarian Award event.[3][4] She made charitable contributions to the Julia Ann Singer Child Care Center, Guardians of Courage, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.[2][3][4] She also supported Jewish causes like the Jewish Welfare Fund, the Jewish Home for the Aging and Brandeis University in the United States, as well as the Israel Bonds and Tel Aviv University in Israel.[2][3][4]

Personal life and deathEdit

Hall married Monty Hall in 1947. She died on June 5, 2017.[2][3][4] They had a son and two daughters, including actress Joanna Gleason.[3][4]


  • Cutler, Jerome; Hall, Marilyn (1975). The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook: A Sentimental Journey with Food, Mothers, and Memories. Los Angeles, California: J.P. Tarcher. ISBN 9780874770421. OCLC 1945284. 


  1. ^ Marble, Steve (June 7, 2017). "Marilyn Hall, Emmy-winning producer and wife of game show host Monty Hall, dies at 90". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Barnes, Mike (June 6, 2017). "Marilyn Hall, Emmy-Winning Producer and Wife of Monty Hall, Dies at 90". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Hipes, Patrick (June 6, 2017). "Marilyn Hall Dies: Emmy-Winning TV Producer & Wife Of Monty Hall Was 90". Deadline. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Rubin, Rebecca (June 6, 2017). "Marilyn Hall, Emmy-Winning Producer and Wife of Monty Hall, Dies at 90". Variety. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 

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