Mary Ann Henderson, 66, network exec

Exec directed ABC's late-night programming

Former network exec Mary Ann Henderson died Nov. 13 in Burbank, Calif. of complications from a lung ailment. She was 66.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Inglewood Mortuary, 1206 Centinela Avenue in Inglewood.

During the 1990s, Henderson was director of late-night programming at ABC and before that at CBS, where she helped to introduce Rick Dees and Pat Sajak to the late-night variety format.

Originally from Natchez, Mississippi, Henderson previously was a producer on the Emmy-winning game show, “$25,000 Pyramid.” Prior to that, she worked in NBC’s Business Affairs division, and in Daytime Programming divisions at both NBC and ABC.

Her first industry job was as a production assistant on the 1974 feature “The Klansman” starring Richard Burton and O.J. Simpson.

Most recently, Henderson had returned to her Natchez roots and had owned and run a popular bed-and-breakfast inn there known as Mary Magnolia’s.

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