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Marshall I. Schlom

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Marshall Schlom Film Script Supervisor, 1928-2015

Marshall Schlom was born on March 3, 1928 in Los Angeles, California, USA and died on January 21, 2015. He was known for his work on Rain Man (1988), Papillon (1973), Psycho (1960), Silkwood (1983), Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The China Syndrome (1979), Judgment at Nuremburg (1961), Funny Girl (1968), Funny Lady (1975), On Golden Pond (1981), Nine to Five (1980), Last Picture Show (1971), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), and Perry Mason (1957).

Marshall's passion, commitment and focused determination to join the motion picture industry was a direct influence by his father, Herman Schlom - an immigrant from Latvia who rose through the ranks within RKO to became a producer of John Wayne movies and the Dick Tracy series.

Following Marshall's college education at University of California, Berkeley and upon graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Marshall set his sights on joining his father in the renown RKO Studios at a time when nepotism was not well received in the industry. The studio's owner, Howard Hughes, would not hire children or any relations. Determined to follow his calling at the premier studio of its time, Marshall submitted his resume under the name of Michael Scott and soon landed his first uncredited role where his capabilities and talent flourished. His identity as Marshall Schlom returned and his preeminence in the art of script supervision became legendary.

Forty years after his start in the motion picture industry, forty years serving in the Academy on the Foreign Film Committee, with over 80 film credits later, Marshall's skills coaching line delivery with such actors as Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Steve McQueen, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Faye Dunaway, Omar Sharif, Kathleen Turner, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Perkins, Tom Cruise, Kurt Russell, Dolly Parton, and Cher are still talked about to this day.

His legacy lives on through stories shared and award-winning films in the motion picture archives.

Marshall is survived by his wife Dorothy, children Val, Barry( predeceased),Marla and Wendi, six grandchildren, as well as his sister, Lois

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Feb. 1, 2015
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