Known for movies

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DiedJune 30, 1983, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJack Benny
MarkPosh and elegant onstage; a little vain in real life
FactA distant cousin of former The Beach Boys guitarist, David Marks.

Mary Livingstone was born on May 5, 1881 in Seattle, Washington. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. She had four siblings. Livingstone was educated in the public schools of Seattle. In 1898, she began working as a stenographer and bookkeeper for a local department store.

Livingstone met her future husband, comedian Jack Benny, in 1919. They were both working in vaudeville. Benny proposed to Livingstone on their first date, and they were married in 1924. The couple had no children.

Livingstone was Benny’s business manager and helped him develop his radio and television careers. She also appeared on his radio and television programs. Livingstone was known for her deadpan delivery of her husband’s jokes.

Benny and Livingstone were married for 50 years, until Benny’s death in 1974. Livingstone died in 1983 at the age of 102.

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Full NameMary Livingstone
DiedJune 30, 1983, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.72 m


SpouseJack Benny
ChildrenJoan Benny
ParentsRobert Moffat
SiblingsHilliard Marks, Babe Marks


AwardsPeabody Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Television Achievement, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essent...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Comedian, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Comedian In A Series
MoviesGeorge Washington Slept Here, Buck Benny Rides Again, The Horn Blows at Midnight, The Meanest Man in the World, Broadway Melody of 1936, Charley's Aunt, The Hollywood Revue of 1929, Love Thy Neighbor, Man About Town, Artists and Models, Chasing Rainbows, A Guide for the Married Man, The Medicine Man...
TV ShowsThe Jack Benny Program

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1Posh and elegant onstage; a little vain in real life


1Profiled in book, "Funny Ladies", by Stephen M. Silverman. [1999]
2Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 500-501. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
3Developed stage fright late in her career. Frequent illnesses were used to explain her absence. Eventually, her lines were recorded and dubbed onto the live recording later.
4Retired from show business in 1958, after friend and fellow actor Gracie Allen retired (due to heart disease).
5A distant cousin of former The Beach Boys guitarist, David Marks.
6Had worked as a department-store clerk before marrying Jack Benny; fellow celebrities sometimes put her in her place by asking her opinion on imaginary clothes.
7In 1934, she and Jack Benny adopted a girl, whom they named Joan Benny.
8Her brother, Hilliard Marks, produced her husband's radio and TV shows.
9First appeared on Jack Benny's radio show playing the president of his fan club.




The Jack Benny Program1951-1963TV SeriesMary Livingstone
The Mouse That Jack Built1959ShortMary (voice)
Shower of Stars1958TV SeriesMary
It's in the Bag!1945Mary (voice, uncredited)
Buck Benny Rides Again1940Mary Livingstone (voice)
This Way Please1937Maxine Barry
Mr. Broadway1933Mary Livigstone
Bright Moments1928ShortMarie Marlo


The Jack Benny Program1955-1956TV Series performer - 2 episodes


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1978TV SeriesHerself
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesHerself
Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special1970TV SpecialHerself
The Jack Benny Program1950-1957TV SeriesHerself
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Pair of Jacks1953ShortHerself
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Three of a Kind1941ShortHerself (voice)
Hollywood Goes to Town1938Short documentaryHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 61938Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHerself
The Great Radio Comedians1972TV Movie documentaryMary Livingstone
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians1952Documentary short
Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards1948ShortHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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