Marion Goldin, Award-Winning ‘60 Minutes’ Producer, Dies at 76

“Finding obscure, Watergate-related persons among the delegates, facing skepticism if not outright opposition from our bosses, plus explicit memos from the Republican Party describing this convention as a coronation of President Nixon,” she wrote, adding: “We turned the 1972 Republican convention into a vehicle for bringing the Watergate saga to a wider American audience, many of whom were hearing about it for the first time.”

Ms. Goldin, one of the first women to work at “60 Minutes,” and Mr. Wallace would eventually produce more than 50 segments together, including “Patient Dumping,” an investigation into for-profit hospitals that were sending uninsured patients to public or charity hospitals; “The 36 Hours,” which examined the long shifts worked by hospital interns and residents; and “The Last Mafioso,” an interview with Jimmy Fratianno, for which Ms. Goldin won the second of her four Emmy Awards.

Despite the stellar work they produced, her relationship with Mr. Wallace was not always rosy.

“It was the marriage from hell,” Gail Eisen, who worked as a producer at “60 Minutes” beginning in the mid-1970s, said in a telephone interview on Friday. She remembered Ms. Goldin and Mr. Wallace engaging in shouting matches and slamming doors.

“Mike Wallace was really difficult,” Ms. Eisen said. “But Marion was tough, and she could give it right back, and they had a lot of respect for one another.”

By Ms. Goldin’s own account, Mike Wallace was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: On one hand he could be egocentric, foulmouthed and bullying; but on the other he could be kind, thoughtful and generous in giving credit to his producers.


Ms. Goldin, right, in 1980 with Mike Wallace, seated, and Leonard Bernstein, the conductor and composer.

via Gail Freedman

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