TV industrial casting director Merrill Jonas died Thursday on the Movement Image Dwelling in Woodland Hills, Calif. after a protracted sickness. She was 96.
Beginning out as an actress, Jonas rose to go of the casting division at Ogilvy and Mather in New York, the place she led a six-person crew that solid greater than 100 commercials. The superstar expertise included Patricia Neal, Karl Malden, Anna-Maria Alberghetti, Arthur Ashe, Sonny & Cher and Ravi Shankar.
Whereas working as director of the industrial division at expertise company CMA in New York, she solid expertise together with Jackie Gleason, Rod Serling, Florence Henderson and Mel Brooks.
Her company Superstar Casting Associates made offers for NBC’s Frank Blair, Phyllis Newman, Peter Duchin, Pete Rose and Dan Pastorini.
As an actress and on-camera spokeswoman, Jonas appeared in commercials in the course of the 1950s and 1960s for merchandise together with Anacin, M&Ms, Tide, Lipton Tea and plenty of others.
She additionally appeared in TV collection together with CBS TV’s “Suspense,” CBS TV’s Dupont Present of the Month – “Body and Soul” and ABC’s “Naked City.”
Raised in Boston, she joined the U.S. Girls Marines throughout WWII after which began out on CBS Radio’s music quiz present “Grand Slam.”
Within the 1950s, Jonas labored in public relations, becoming a member of Radio Free Europe and touring to Europe for the Campaign for Freedom mission launched by Normal Dwight D. Eisenhower. She represented Radio Free Europe to TV writers, producers, administrators and expertise on “The Perry Como Show,” “Today,” “Home” starring Arlene Francis, “Tonight,” “What’s My Line,” “Armstrong Circle Theatre,” Jack Paar, Ed Sullivan, Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen, “Studio One,” “Monitor,” Artwork Linkletter and “To Tell the Truth.”
She is survived by a daughter and son, Gail Carol Glaser and Garrett Neal Glaser, and a grandson, Bennett Joseph Fischer.