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November 26, 1935|
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||April 27, 2011
Newbury Park, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Spouse(s)||Martin Cassidy (?–?; divorced)
Patrick Hogan (19??–2011; her death) (1 child)
Marian Ethel Mercer (November 26, 1935 – April 27, 2011) was an American actress and singer.
Born in Akron, Ohio, 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). 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. In 1979 she starred as Deirdre in Bosoms and Neglect.
Mercer was a regular on 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, in which she played restaurant hostess Nancy Beebe. (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 also 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 a featured role in the 1979 television movie The Cracker Factory, which starred Natalie Wood. Her screen credits include 9 to 5 where she played Missy Hart, the sweet-natured wife of misanthropic corporate executive Franklin Hart (Dabney Coleman).
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 movie Nine to Five; and then with Louise Lasser (who played Mary) on It's A Living when she played Nancy's employee, waitress Maggie McBurney.
Mercer was a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. until shortly before her death on April 27, 2011, from Alzheimer's disease, in Newbury Park, California at the age of 75. She was survived by her second husband, her daughter, Deidre Whitaker, and a sister.
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