Television writer Ann Marcus, most widely known for her work as an Emmy-winning head writer on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Days of Our Lives, died on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the age of 93.
Marcus began her career as wone of the first female “copy boys” at the New York Daily News, a job that would foreshadow a long career making strides in a male-dominated industry. She was quickly promoted to a reporter and moved on to Life Magazine. After moving to Los Angeles with screenwriter husband Ellis Marcus, she premiered her first play, “A Woman’s Place,” which quickly catapulted her into a career of television writing.
In addition to her role as a co-creator and head writer on Mary Hartman, the pilot of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award with Jerry Adelman and Daniel Gregory Browne, her decades-long career included writing for Lassie,The Hathaways, Dennis the Menace, One Life to Live, Love of Life, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies, and The Debbie Reynolds Show, among others. In 1975, she earned a Writers Guild Award for Daytime Serials for her work as a head writer on Search for Tomorrow, and followed that up with two Daytime Emmy nominations for her work on Days of Our Lives in 1978 and 1979.
In a statement to the Writers Guild of America (of which she was a member) on Thursday, Marcus’ family wrote: “Ann always put her family first, making each of her loved ones feel they were the center of her universe. She was a warm, loving, supportive sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who taught her descendants strength, compassion, generosity, and love.”
Marcus is survived by her three children, six grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren.