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Marilyn Hall, Producer And Celebrity Wife, Dies At 90

| by Selena Darlim

Marilyn Hall, award-winning Emmy producer and wife of "Let's Make a Deal" host Monty Hall, 95, passed away on June 5 in Los Angeles, California.  She was 90 years old. 

In addition to her marriage to the famous game show host, Mrs. Hall was known for her philanthropy and diverse exploits in the entertainment industry. Her career spawned works in film, television, radio, documentary-making, writing, music and acting.  She even published "The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook," a book full of recipes.

Mrs. Hall was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada.  At 18, she began her career as a young actress for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  It was at that time that her cousin introduced her to Monty Hall.

"I said, 'I don't think I want to meet an 18-year-old actress.'" Mr. Hall said in a 2002 interview with the Archive of American Television. "I was almost 24 … when I met her, it was game over. We were married a year later."

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Upon moving to New York with her husband after their marriage in 1947, Mrs. Hall co-wrote the song, "Is It Possible That I've Been Gone So Long," with Helen Bilby and recorded it with cabaret-singer Hildegarde. 

She worked extensively with Jewish-charity organizations such as Jewish Welfare Fund, Jewish Home for the Aging, and Israel Bonds.  She was also devoted to promoting the arts and directed several documentary films. In 1972, her film, "A Fragile Sleep," won an award for best documentary campaign film.

Mrs. Hall served as an associate producer for the 1982 telefilm "A Woman Called Golda," which starred Ingrid Bergman as the prime minister of Israel. She later won an Emmy for being the executive producer of 1985's "Do You Remember Love," which featured Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley and focused on the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Other films she produced include "Nadia," a 1984 telefilm about Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, and "The Little Traitor," a 2007 historical film.  In the 1990s, she was an associate producer for Broadway productions of "Jelly's Last Jam" and "Angels in America."  She wrote an episode of “Love, American Style,” as well as the ABC special “Lights, Camera, Monty!” The latter film involved her husband.

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Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband, son and two daughters.  She is also survived by her sister and five grandchildren.

On June 6, Endemol Shine Studios shared a link to an article on Mrs. Hall's death by The Hollywood Reporter, but did not offer any other comment.  As of noon on June 8, "Let's Make a Deal" has not spoken about her passing.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Endemol Shine US/Twitter, Let's Make a Deal/Twitter / Photo credit: Don LaVange/Flickr

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