×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Brenda Carlin dies at 57

TV Producer, Wife of Carlin helped build career

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.”

Popular on Variety

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.

More Scene

  • Chinonye Chukwu Clemency

    Chinonye Chukwu on Golden Globes Shutout of Female Directors

    “Clemency” writer-director Chinonye Chukwu is weighing in on the HFPA’s failure to nominate a female director for the 2020 Golden Globes. “It’s part of the systemic oppressions that we’re all apart of and that’s internalized in many,” Chukwu told Variety in response to Monday morning’s announcement. “We need to get people in positions of power who [...]

  • Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron

    Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie on the Power of 'Bombshell'

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie make for a powerful trio on-screen. With their latest film “Bombshell,” the award-winning actors recognize the potential for the film to make real social change off-screen. “The response to the film has been incredible. I was hoping that it would be impactful in that way,” Robbie told Variety [...]

  • Awkwafina Jumanji Next Level Premiere

    'The Farewell's' Awkwafina on Her First Golden Globe Nomination, Female Director Snubs

    Awkwafina just might’ve had her best Monday ever. Shortly after 5 a.m., the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced that she’d earned her first Golden Globe nomination (as best actress in a motion picture – musical or comedy) for her performance in “The Farewell.” But she didn’t have a ton of time to celebrate, since she [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content