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Marian Mercer
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    (November 26, 1935-April 27, 2011)
    Born in Akron, Ohio
    Won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Marge in 'Promises, Promises' (1969)
    Other theater credits included 'New Faces of 1962,' 'Little Mary Sunshine,' 'Your Own Thing,' 'The Game is Up,' 'Polly,' 'Hay Fever,' 'Stop the World - I Want to Get Off,' 'Bosoms and Neglect,' 'Miss Margarida's Way,' and 'Habeas Corpus'
    Portrayed hostess Nancy Beebe on 'It’s a Living' (1980-89)
    Guested on 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,' 'St. Elsewhere,' 'Mama's Family,' 'Empty Nest,' 'Archie Bunker's Place' 'Touched by an Angel' and 'The Golden Girls'
    Acted in 'John and Mary,' 'Oh, God! Book II,' '9 to 5,' 'The Cracker Factory,' and 'Murder in Three Acts'
    She had a breathy, kinda sultry, voice.
    Her marriage to actor Martin Cassidy ended in divorce.
    She broke into show business relatively late in life (her mid-thirties).
    She took part in Sammy Davis Jr.'s disastrous 1978 revival of 'Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.'
    The New York Times described her performance in 'A Fact Can Be a Beautiful Thing' as 'a tiny-voiced hustler with a heart as big as a saloon.'
    She had a distinguished decades-long stage career but is mostly known as the stern hostess on 'It's a Living' (or for a random handful of TV guest appearances).
    Her friend, manager, and agent, Martin Gage, memorialized her by saying: 'She was lovely ... crazy but lovely. She could take a part that had been done before and make it a laugh riot.'
    She was known for delivering memorable performances with relatively little screen time (she's a fan favorite as Dabney Coleman's oblivious wife in '9 to 5' despite barely appearing in three scenes).
    She began singing at the age of eight.
    She earned a degree in music at the University of Michigan (1957).
    She won a Drama Desk Award for 'Promises, Promises' (1969).
    She made her Broadway debut in a singing ensemble for Frank Loesser's 'Greenwillow.'
    She did repertory revivals of 'Twelfth Night,' Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' early in her career.
    She portrayed a challenging four different parts for 'Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.'

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