Marilyn "Mitzie" Welch
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July 25, 1931 - June 10, 2014 Marilyn "Mitzie" Welch passed away Tuesday morning, June 10, at her home in Encino. She was born July 25, 1931 in McDonald, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julia and Howard Cottle. She began her career in music, singing with the Benny Goodman orchestra. In 1970, she and her husband, Ken, moved to Los Angeles, where they worked as a team, composing music for The Carol Burnett Show for seven seasons. They went on to write and produce material for Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, Linda Lavin and Hal Linden, among others. Mitzie is an eight time Emmy Award winner. She wrote the CBS-TV movie "Life of the Party," the true story of the woman who founded the first recovery house for women in the U.S., which won for her a Women in Film Award, the Film Advisory Board Award and a Christopher Award. Surviving her are her two daughters, Gillian and Julie, and her husband, Ken. If you wish to make a donation in her name, you may contribute to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Services will be held Friday, July 25 at 3pm at Screening Room 5 at Warner Bros. in Burbank. There will be a security list at Gate 3, so if you are planning to attend, email your name and contact information to

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jul. 1 to Jul. 2, 2014.
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July 27, 2014
Mitzie It is hard to believe you are not with us anymore. I will miss your Xmas missives. I will miss you. I am grateful to have been a friend for so many years, seeing in NY and lucky to have seen you perform. Please know you are in my heart and will never be forgotten. Love Maryann
July 24, 2014
The only good poem I ever wrote
I wrote for you.
I wished you freedom.
If you didn't have more of it then
then I ever have
You surely have it now.
Beth McKinney
July 24, 2014
Mitzie gave the world so much with her and Ken's work in television. Our culture is forever grateful. Her Emmys set standards.
John Shaffner
July 14, 2014
Grew up next door to Mitzie's Mother, Julia, in McDonald, PA. Such a lovely family. My sincere condolences.
Denise Masquelier Devore
July 14, 2014
I grew up next door to Mitzie and Have loved her since I can remember. she was always a role model and great friend to me. good grief, I idolized her. She was always kind, taking the time to tape my brother's and my singing, playing it back and making suggestions. In junior high school, i just about fainted when George Maharis brought her home from a shoot. I remember when she met Ken, and Aunt Rose, aunt Mary and Aunt Dude (my mom insisted we call the neighbors aunt instead of their first names) were walking on air. I remember Julie's birth, the record album they made, and Gillian's arrival. Mitzie and Ken continued to correspond with me over the years and theirs was one of my most treasured friendships. God Bless, Mitzie. You are loved.
Sibyl Masquelier
July 12, 2014
Deepest sympathy to Ken,Julie ,Gil and all of us who loved her. She was a favorite cousin and we shared msny times.I LOVED HER.
Mary Lou Ferree Lubin
July 7, 2014
Goodbye, my beloved Mitz.

July 2, 2014
Mitzie was a woman who embodied every aspect of intelligence, style, talent, and humor.

Her loving partnership with Ken produced wonderful and entertaining work which has been enjoyed by the entire world - and it also produced her two incredible daughters. A fitting legacy for a truly amazing woman.

She made great contributions to our world, and she will be missed. Much love to her, and to her family.
Jenny Slater
July 2, 2014
Our love and deepest sympathy especially to Ken, Julie and Gillian. Mitzie was a very special lady we were fortunate to know.
Linda & Pete Rawlings
July 2, 2014
I love you and will miss you every day, mama.
Julie Welch
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