Film, TV and stage actress Margaret Mason, whose credits ranged from “The Manchurian Candidate” in 1962 to recent daytime soaps, died of a heart attack March 26 at her Silverdale, Wash., home. She was 58.
Born in Phoenixville, Penn., Mason starred on Broadway in “Boys Will Be Boys” and appeared on TV shows including “Wagon Train,” “Ironside,” “The Wild, Wild West,” “Adam 12” and “Playhouse 90.”
In addition to “The Manchurian Candidate,” she appeared in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “No Time for Sergeants,” “The Train Doesn’t Stop Here,” “Beach Party” and “Honeymoon Hotel.”
She returned to daytime television later in her career, playing Eve Howard on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” from 1982-86 and again in 1993. She also starred in the soaps “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives.”
She is survived by her husband, writer E. Nick Alexander; a daughter; her mother; and a sister.
Julio Martinez Sr.
Julio Martinez Sr., a former Latin dancer who performed at L.A.’s Million Dollar Theatre during the 1940s, died March 12 in Long Beach after a long illness. He was 87.
Martinez became a professional ballroom dancer in the early 1930s. With second wife Maria Quintero, he performed the rumba on the East Coast nightclub circuit. A highlight of their career was a stint with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra.
In the 1940s, Martinez moved to Los Angeles and danced in many stage shows until his retirement in 1945.
He was a popular downtown figure and was dubbed the “mayor of Main Street” by Mickey Rooney’s father, burlesque comedian Joe Yule.
Martinez owned and operated the Stage Coach Coffee Shop in downtown L.A. until the late 1970s.
He is survived by two sons, Daily Variety drama critic Julio Martinez Jr. and singer-actor Leslie Jon, and a daughter.