Mary Kay Bergman
June 5, 1961 – November 11, 1999
Mary Kay was one very funny lady, and a very unhappy lady. Though Ididn’t know her,the things she said, made me want to be friends with her. She’sof the Gilda Radner genre. Interesting enough, I found this quote:
“My idols were people like Carol Burnett,Gilda Radner, Tracey Ullman, Lucille Ball – in short, comedic actresses who hadchameleon-like qualities.”
If you want a sample, here isone, but I warn you, there is language. It’s a take on the old MissLucy Had a Steamboat song, and you will be fired if you listen to itwhile at work.
To make a name for yourself in the voice overbusiness is impressive indeed. As you can see from the cast of charactersabove, she was involved in SouthPark, one of the hottest cartoons in ages. Mary Kay started in the voicebiz since 1986 and took the controversial job with South Park, initially underthe name ShannenCassidy, because she was afraid of alienating herself. After a year and a half with the successful show, she proudly took credit withher own name. Here’s a great example of her voicework including a Barbie toy phone and
Mary Kay was living with her husband Dino Andradein this nice building in LosAngeles.
She undoubtedly parked hercar in here.
Guests would ring her doorbell,and be buzzed in through the lobby,
head downthis hall to their apartment on this side of thebuilding.
If only she could have lived long enough for us not tohave to endure Robin Williams singing Blame Canada at the AcademyAwards in 2000. Sorry he’s dead but…
The investigation says that she had beendespondent over job-related problems. Definitely depression.
She spoke to a friend on the telephone atapproximately 9pm on the 11th. An hour and twenty minutes later,her husband and a friend returned home to find her dead. There was suicide note, and aMossberg 12 gauge shotgun still pointing at her head.
She had put the barrel against her forehead just aboveher nose. The top of her head had been blown off and her brain was lyingon the carpet, 2 feet away. They found blood, brain matter and skullfragments all around the room, on the walls, and on several wrapped Christmaspresents.
Death was pronounced at 10:18 by police. She was only 38.
Mary Kay Bergman has a wonderfully appropriatetombstone at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
This is Mary Kay’s officialwebsite.
Mary Kay’s husband Dino Andrade released the following statement:
If you are suffering, if you live with pain, fear, depression or despair, you must seek help. The first step is to speak out, tell someone of your pain. I believe that if my wife had told me of the dark place she was in, I could have gotten her the help she needed and thus she would be alive today. If thisplea can reach just one person, and help them to see the light in the darkness, then I will know that MaryKay’s death was not a waste, but a sacrifice so that another might live.
Contributions to the Mary Kay Bergman Memorial Fund, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, 4760 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, Calif.,90230
There is a memorialwebsite for Mary Kay, and there isplenty of great information about this funny, sad woman. Rest in peace,Mary Kay. Please.
Thank you to the folks at CelebrityCollectables, made this autopsy report available to us.