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Marilyn Howard

Casting director

Marilyn Howard, retired casting director for CBS Television, died April 13 in Van Nuys from lymphoma. She was 77. 

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla, she began her 22 year career at CBS in 1956 as a receptionist and was soon promoted to casting where she worked on “Playhouse 90,” “The Danny Kaye Show” and “The Red Skelton Show.”   

She also served as casting director for the entire run of “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Dirty Sally” starring Jeanette Nolan and “The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank,” a made-for TV movie starring Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin.  She was married to the late John Howard, who was director of publicity for CBS Television.

Prior to joining CBS she worked as an actress under contract with RKO Pictures under the name Marilyn Mercer, where she appeared in “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer,” “Hard, Fast and Beautiful” and “Guns of Hate.” 

She is survived by two stepdaughters, Tracy Howard-Gibbs, a publicist with JAG Entertainment and Mary DeHarrold. 

Donations may be made to S.P.C.A.

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