Marian Waldman

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Marian Waldman
Born (1924-12-16)16 December 1924
Toronto, Ontario
Died 5 July 1985(1985-07-05) (aged 60)
Toronto, Ontario
Other names Marian Ann Waldman, sometimes miscredited as Marion Waldman
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–1979
Known for Black Christmas

Marian Ann Waldman (16 December 1924 – 5 July 1985) was a Canadian actress. She was also a veteran stage actress for Toronto for many decades of her career.


Waldman was born in Toronto, Ontario to a professor mother and a physician father. Waldman was an Ashkenazi Jew. She began her career as a stage actress while working around the Toronto area, during the 1950s, first as a choir girl, and later with a dramatic repertoire.

Marian's close friends and relatives had been known to call her "Pookie," as a term of endearment. In addition to her career as an actress, Waldman also enjoyed reading, traveling, various events around Toronto, astrology, and parties.

Knowledge of her personal life is rather limited, perhaps due to lack of sufficient information. Hopefully, a relative/close friend can provide more for this beloved character actress.


After a successful run in live theatre, Waldman later became a film actress in the early 1970s, as well as an occasional television screenwriter.

Most film fans will remember Waldman for her celebrated role as a foul-mouthed, but also endearing, closet drunkard housemother Mrs. MacHenry from the 1974 holiday horror classic, Black Christmas. The role was offered to Bette Davis, who turned it down.[citation needed]

In 2006, fellow Black Christmas cast mate Andrea Martin played the role of Mrs. Mac in the remake Black Christmas.


Marian died on 5 July 1985, in her native Toronto, due to unknown causes.[1]

Waldman's final on-screen appearance was in John Huston's 1980 film, Phobia.



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