Marian Mercer

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Marian Mercer
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Marian Ethel Mercer

(1935-11-26)November 26, 1935
DiedApril 27, 2011(2011-04-27) (aged 75)
Alma mater University of Michigan
Years active1955-2000
Spouse(s)Martin Cassidy (divorced)
Patrick Hogan (19??–2011; her death)
From The Sandy Duncan Show (1972). Front, L-R: Pam Zarit, Sandy Duncan, Tom Bosley. Back: M. Emmet Walsh, Marian Mercer Sandy Duncan Show cast 1972.JPG
From The Sandy Duncan Show (1972). Front, L-R: Pam Zarit, Sandy Duncan, Tom Bosley. Back: M. Emmet Walsh, Marian Mercer

Marian Ethel Mercer (November 26, 1935 – April 27, 2011) was an American actress and singer.



Born in Akron, Ohio, Mercer was the daughter of Samuel and Nellie Mercer. [1] She graduated from the University of Michigan, then spent several seasons working in summer stock. She made her Broadway debut in the chorus of the short-lived musical, Greenwillow in 1960.

She drew critical notice for her performance in New Faces of 1962, and won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, and the Theatre World Award for her performance as Marge MacDougall in Promises, Promises (1968). [1] Additional theatre credits include Hay Fever and the short-lived 1978 revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off with Sammy Davis, Jr. [1] In 1979, she starred as Deirdre in Bosoms and Neglect .

Mercer was a regular on television, appearing in The Dom DeLuise Show, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters , The Sandy Duncan Show , A Touch of Grace (starring Shirley Booth), The Andy Williams Show , and the sitcom It's a Living , [2] in which she played piquant restaurant hostess Nancy Beebe Miller. (Mercer was one of four members of the cast who lasted through the series' network and syndicated runs; the others were Gail Edwards, Paul Kreppel, and Barrie Youngfellow). She had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ; its sequel, Forever Fernwood; St. Elsewhere ; and Empty Nest .

She made guest appearances on such shows as Love, American Style ; Archie Bunker's Place ; Mama's Family ; Benson ; The Golden Girls ; Murder, She Wrote ; Touched by an Angel ; and Suddenly Susan , among many others. She had featured roles in the television films The Cracker Factory (1979), which starred Natalie Wood, and Murder in Three Acts (1986), starring Peter Ustinov and Tony Curtis. Her big screen credits include John and Mary (1969); Oh, God! Book II (1980); and 9 to 5 (1980), where she played Missy Hart. [3]

Marian had been reunited with two former co-stars of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (in which she played Wanda Rittenhouse Jeeter) in two separate projects. She was reunited first with Dabney Coleman (he had played Merle Jeeter) in the film 9 to 5; [3] and then with Louise Lasser (who played Mary Hartman) on It's a Living.


Mercer was a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California [4] where she resided until her death on April 27, 2011, from Alzheimer's disease in Newbury Park, California at the age of 75. [1]



1969 John and Mary Mags Elliot
1978Sammy Stops the WorldEvie
1980 Oh, God! Book II Harriet Manley
1980 9 to 5 Missy Hart
1992 Out on a Limb Ann Campbell Van Der Haven


1972 The Sandy Duncan Show Kay FoxMain role
1973 A Touch of Grace Myra BradleyMain role
1974 Love, American Style LucySegment: "Love and the Itchy Condition"
1974 Police Woman Jo EndersEpisode: "Fish"
1975 Great Performances MashaEpisode: "The Seagull"
1975 The Bob Crane Show Miss ChandlerEpisode: "The Lyle Principle"
1976 Serpico Sister MargaretEpisode: "The Traitor in Our Midst"
1976–77 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Wanda Rittenhouse JeeterSupporting role
1977 Forever Fernwood Wanda JeeterSupporting role
1978King of the RoadMildredTV film
1978 The Harvey Korman Show GraceEpisode: "The One Where Harvey Gets a Job as an Escort"
1979 The Cracker Factory EleanorTV film
1979 Archie Bunker's Place Miss BradshawEpisode: "Bosom Partners"
1980 Phyl & Mikhy Miss CrandalEpisode: "Mikhy's Visitor"
1980–1989 It's a Living Nancy Beebe MillerRegular role
1981, 1984 Benson Trudi, Ursula Van DyneEpisodes: "Rivals", "Made in Hong Kong: Parts 1 & 2"
1982 9 to 5 FrancesEpisode: "The Loverwear Party"
1982Life of the Party: The Story of BeatriceRitaTV film
1983Ace Crawford... Private EyeMaureenEpisode: "The Gentleman Bandit"
1983Foot in the DoorMrs. GriffinTV series
1983, 1986 St. Elsewhere Eve LeightonRecurring role (season 2), guest (season 5)
1984 The Love Boat Mrs. Rhodes1 episode
1984 Mama's Family FeliciaEpisode: "Mama for Mayor: Part 2"
1984 Booker Mrs. RuffnerTV film
1986 ABC Afterschool Special Sister ReginaEpisode: "Are You My Mother?"
1986 You Again? Dr. WoodsEpisode: "Henry and Matt Get Sick"
1986 Murder in Three Acts Daisy EastmanTV film
1989Oh, Henry!MildredTV film
1990 The Golden Girls MagdaEpisode: "Sisters and Other Strangers"
1991 Sunday Dinner Martha BenedictMain role
1991The Julie ShowJune RobbinsTV film
1992 Murder, She Wrote Penelope Hope DanielsEpisode: "The Witch's Curse"
1992 Harry and the Hendersons MonicaEpisode: "Born Again"
1992–1994 Empty Nest Ursula DietzEpisode: "The Unimportance of Being Charley", "My Mother, My Self", "Love a la Mode"
1993 Home Free Grace BaileyMain role
1996 Common Law BunnyEpisode: "In the Matter Of: John's 15 Minutes"
1998 Working Mrs. RichardsEpisode: "The Closer"
1998 Touched by an Angel FloEpisode: "Lady of the Lake"
1998 Suddenly Susan Mrs. RichmondEpisode: "The Thanksgiving Episode"
2000 Providence Episode: "Paradise Inn"

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