Brenda Carlin, TV producer and wife of comedian George Carlin for 36 years, died in Santa Monica on Sunday of complications from liver cancer. She was 57.
Carlin, who married her husband in 1961, helped build his early career and served as line producer on most of his early HBO performances, including “Carlin at Carnegie” and “Carlin on Campus.”
Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Carlin was active in cable production, freelancing as an HBO talent coordinator on 17 comedy specials. She is credited with helping discover standup talents including Garry Shandling, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), Harry Anderson and Howie Mandel.
In 1986, Carlin established the Parkview Stage Co., a nonprofit equity waiver theater housed in Los Angeles’ Park Plaza Hotel that assisted the careers of up-and-coming comedians. She supervised productions including “Short Eyes” and “Joey.”
Husband George credited his wife with “inspiring countless others to be their best and to realize their dreams … She was especially loved.”
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Carlin is survived by her husband and daughter. A private memorial service is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be sent to the Fibromyalgia Division, c/o The Arthritis Foundation, 4311 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530, Los Angeles, CA 90010. The family asks that checks be sent in memory of Brenda Carlin payable to the Arthritis Foundation and include the return address of the donor.