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ILL casting director Mercedes Manzanares has died


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ILL casting director and Jess Oppenheimer's right hand gal, Mercedes Manzanares, has died at 93, according to the Los Angeles Times:

 

MANZANARES, Mercedes L. Born May 20, 1919 Chicago IL, passed March 8, 2013 Los Angeles, CA, her home for 65 years, from complications of stroke. Was casting director for "I Love Lucy", "Green Acres", Petticoat Junction". Was Aging Specialist for City of L. A. Charter Member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Survived by her loving daughter, Vicki Manzanares. Mortuary info: Neptune Society, Sherman Oaks

 

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Assuming she was the one who brought us the great Kathryn Card, not to mention Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Lane, the "Operetta" ladies and the entire authentic-appearing European support cast, GodBlessHer!

I mention the Europe shows because in most shows, English speakers would be cast in these roles and do exaggerated accents. The "natives" she cast added so much luckel collar the Europe shows.

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I can't think of anyone off the top of my head. :(

 

On a semi-related note, when did Zo Ball start working at Desilu before marrying Fred? 1954 or 55?

 

Now, there is a piece of information I had NO idea about; tell me more, please.... And, how do we get informtion about Zo?

 

Somewhere I got the information she, Fred, and Lucie A., all have the same birthdate, 7/17; and I don't even know WHERE I got that; interesting as it is; but, this information she and Fred met on the set is very interesting, indeed.

 

Thanks if anyone knows.

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What an excellent job she did casting talent for I Love Lucy. So many memorable shows, & lots of recurring roles for the really good actors & actresses. Neil is so right -- casting natives for the European parts really enhanced those episodes.

 

Harry, I think the actress who played Marion Strong might still be alive. Her first name is Shirley but I can't remember her last name.

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