Legendary broadcaster Monty Hall was reluctant to meet his distant cousin, Marilyn Hall, who would later become his wife. After meeting her for the first time, Monty said it was “the game over.”
During a 2002 interview with Archive American Television, Monty Hall revealed how he met his beloved wife, Marilyn Hall. He said he went to see a relative in Toronto at the time.
The TV presenter shared that they were introduced by their common cousin Norman Shnier when Monty was in his mid-twenties. Shnier told him he had another cousin on the other side of the family.
According to Shnier, the person in question was not related to Monty and was an 18-year-old actress from the Broadcasting Corporation who played “Alice in Wonderland”. The sports reporter said he didn’t want to meet an 18-year-old actress because he was 24. He stated :
“It was too much for me. But I met her, and when I met her, it was over. We got married a year later.”
REFLECTION ON LIFE WITH MARILYN
In a 2013 interview with CNN, Monty said he had had a great life with his longtime wife, Marilyn. The radio show host mentioned that they had been married for 54 years and made a witty remark, saying, “I guess it worked.”
“It was a remarkable life, wonderful and talented children, a talented woman, a beautiful life,” he said. When asked what helped him and his significant other stay married for so long, Monty said it was a great sense of humor, adding that Marilyn was an amazing woman.
Sadly, Monty passed away in September 2017 at the age of 96. His daughter revealed that he died of heart failure. The father of three was best known as the host of the American game show “Let’s Make a Deal”.
Monty hosted the show from its inception in 1963 until 1986, but made a comeback in 1991. Having co-created the show, he has appeared in over 4,700 episodes. The series became one of the country’s most popular game shows during his reign.
He was replaced by actor and television personality Wayne Brady. After his passing, Brady told The Hollywood Reporter it was an honor to get the icon’s blessing to host the new iteration of the series. He said:
“In this business you have the chance to meet a legend and even luckier to work with and learn from her. I miss Monty as well as everyone connected to ‘Let’s Make a Deal’, but I can smile because he got to see his baby fly again. “
The comedian added that getting a “Seal of Approval” from him was one of the most important opportunities he has ever received in his career so far.
He described Monty as the perfect mix of gentleman, joker and teacher while thanking him for his support. The renowned public figure was also a sports commentator and was previously a radio analyst for the New York Rangers during the 1959-60 season.
He began his career in radio showbiz while participating in game shows on local television stations. Monty was born in Winnipeg on August 25, 1921 to Jewish parents who owned a slaughterhouse.
Sadly, the mother of his children passed away three months before him, and just like him, she was also in show business as a writer and producer. Marilyn died in June 2017 of natural causes.
She was 90 years old and lived with her husband in Los Angeles, California. They had three children together, daughters Joanna and Sharon, their son Richard and five grandchildren.
Joanna followed in her parents’ footsteps, pursuing an acting career and becoming a Tony Award-winning actress and singer.
His sister Sharon is president of Endemol Shine Studios and their brother Richard won an Emmy for working on the reality show “The Amazing Race”.
Marilyn and Monty married in September 1947 and have been married for almost 70 years. Both were native to Canada, but became citizens of the United States in 1949. Marilyn was born on May 17, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She graduated from the University of Toronto. Additionally, when she was 50, she returned to school and earned her Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
Marilyn was an award-winning producer and screenwriter, having started her career in her hometown as a screenwriter and actress for the CBC. She has also taught writing based programs for children at Queen’s University.
According to her IMDb, she was an associate producer for the 1982 TV movie, “A Woman Called Golda”, including the 1984 sports film “Nadia”.
She won an Emmy Award in the Special Outstanding Drama / Comedy category on “Do You Remember Love”. The film received rave reviews for depicting the critical issues of Alzheimer’s disease.
Marilyn was a woman of many talents. She was also a songwriter and wrote a song called “Is It Possible That I’ve Been So Long”. Cabaret singer Hildegarde recorded the song.
Marilyn’s philanthropy efforts included work for Brandeis University, Tel Aviv University, and the Jewish Welfare Fund, for which she made documentary films.
She also pledged her support to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she has developed programs for the Julia Ann Singer Child Care Center, the Jewish Home for the Aging and Variety Clubs International, and Guardians of Courage.
Marilyn has been a board member of the organizations mentioned above while producing and writing their International Humanitarian Award event.
The mother of three was also an author. She wrote “The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook,” which consisted of reader recipes enjoyed by other stars. Marilyn has also written book reviews for the Los Angeles Times.
According to Deadline, her family have urged people to donate to charities they are interested in on her death. These included the LA Jewish Home for the Aging or Variety Clubs International, instead of offering flowers.