Obituary: Marjorie Anthony Linden

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Marjorie Anthony Linden

Longtime Malibu resident Marjorie Anthony Linden died at the age of 77 after struggling with numerous illnesses.

“Marjorie was truly loved by all who met her because of her all-embracing warmth, her generous spirit and her joyous outlook during her 77 giving years on this earth,” Linden’s family wrote.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1935, Linden moved to Montreal and became a nightclub singer, recording artist, television and an all-night disc jockey.

After relocating to Malibu in the 1960s, Linden rose to high management positions while working with the Smothers Brothers, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers and other artists. Later, in Houston, she also produced an NBC TV special, “A Texan Visits the White House,” with Lady Bird Johnson.

Linden returned to Canada in 1978, where she was appointed as the first female vice president of Canadian TV network CTV Television. Additionally, she was elected as the first female president of the Broadcasting Executive Society, served in a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission task force on sexual stereotyping in broadcasting, and was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Active in charity work, she organized a gala and TV broadcast in Ottawa at Mulroney’s request for cystic fibrosis, starring Celine Dion, Christopher Plummer and David Foster, that raised more than $1 million. Among the causes she aided were world literacy, the Terry Fox Run, Child Find and others.

During her years of retirement back in Malibu, Linden’s smile brightened up the scene at many local spots, including the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, Zuma Beach, Sage Room, Kristy’s, Pepperdine University School of Law and her beloved Point Dume, among many others.

“Marjorie lived a full life, spreading sunshine equally to all she met, whether they be aristocracy, clergy, judges, politicians, scholars, artists, waiters, beauticians, salespeople, children, and even dogs,”

Linden’s family wrote. Linden is survived by her husband, Allen, of Pepperdine University School of Law; three daughters and their husbands of Toronto, Canada; seven grandchildren; her sisters and sisters- and brothers-in-law and many friends in LA, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and the UK.