“Saturday Night Live” production assistant Robin Shlien died in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 12 of pancreatic cancer. She was 54.
Shlien was raised in West Hartford, Conn., and after graduating from the U. of Vermont she went on to pursue a career in TV production. After first working for WGBH public television in Boston, she went on to work for “Saturday Night Live” in 1978 as a production assistant. She worked there from 1978-84 during one of the acclaimed periods of the show.
In 1985 Shlien moved to Los Angeles and began producing a string of successful comedy shows for HBO including “One Night Stand” and “Women of the Night.” In 1992, “Cats, Cops, and Stuff,” which she co-produced, won the ACE award for stand-up comedy special.
In the late ’90s she left showbiz to study psychology and social work.
Survivors include her parents and a brother.
Donations may be made in memory of Robin Shlien to the Wellness Community in Santa Monica, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Greater Los Angeles.