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Martha Bernay, ADG Member and Matriarch of Prominent Hollywood Labor Family, Dies at 95

Variety logo Variety 12/20/2016 Sarah Ahern
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Martha Bernay, the matriarch of a prominent Hollywood labor family, died last Thursday of natural causes, the Art Directors Guild announced. She was 95.

Bernay was a long-time member of the Illustrators and Matte Artists branch of the Art Directors Guild, and had been given emeritus status.

Bernay was born in 1921 in New York, the youngest of four children. The following year, her family moved to Los Angeles. At 18 years old, Bernay married her husband Josef, with whom she had three children. During their lifetime, the couple traveled to several destinations around the world, including Japan, Canada, and China. They were married for 50 years until Josef passed away in 1990. Bernay was known as “Granny” to her dogs Bizou, Chester, and Tiger.

After raising her children, Bernay served as West Coast office manager for the IATSE until she retired in 1985.

Bernay is survived by her two daughters Marjo and Casey, son Mark, son-in-law Dennis, nephews, great nieces and nephews, a great-great niece and several friends made from around the world.

Services will be held at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hill on Dec. 20. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Best Friends Animal Society, the Lange Foundation, or a pet rescue.

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