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 Marcia <I>Legere</I> Binns

Marcia Legere Binns

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 9 Sep 2011 (aged 86)
Brentwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 78242800 · View Source
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Marcia passed away peacefully at her home in Brentwood, California on September 9, 2011.

Her mother, Barbara Feningston, was a prominent socialist turned couture buyer for the fabled Bullocks Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles from 1927 through 1963.

Her father, Benjamin Legere, was an influential union organizer with the IWW (the "Wobblies") in the U.S. labor movement of the 1920's.

Marcia attended South Pasadena-San Marina High School, as well as Ojai Valley School, where she became fast friends with Lizzie Hollister.

She spent holidays on the Hollister ranch at Gaviota throughout her school days, and remained an extended member of the Hollister family.

She later earned an undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where her original play "The Glory of Children" garnered an award, and was produced.

After winning a coveted internship at Mademoiselle magazine in New York City, Marcia worked as a journalist at Time-Life and CBS with legendary pioneers Edward R. Murrow, Eric Severeid, and Charles Collingwood.

In the early 1960s, she was appointed by Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown to the California Women's Parole Board, serving for several years alongside Diane Feinstein.

She was married to actor Edward Binns in Carmel Valley in 1956; Mr. Binns died in 1990. They are survived by their daughter, Brigit Legere Binns; she is married to actor Casey Biggs.

In 1998, Marcia endowed the Marcia Legere Student Play Festival at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, which continues to showcase three one-act plays annually.

Marcia divided her time between her home in Los Angeles, Maui, and her beloved "Barn" in New Milford, Connecticut.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on October 12, 2011.

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