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Marge Glicksman | 1932-2020

Marge Glicksman 1932- 2020

Marjorie Glicksman died peacefully on July 16th in her Kensington home, following hospitalization for a heart attack.  Marge Gunderson Glicksman was from Chetek, Wisconsin, moving to California as a young teen during WW2.

Her father got a job painting boats in Vallejo’s shipyard.  She attended UC Berkeley at age 17 with a scholarship. Abe Glicksman saw her in a Cal production as Ophelia in "Hamlet". He told his friend Hank Krivetsky he “would marry that woman.” When Abe did in fact marry that woman, Hank said, “I give it 2 weeks.” Marge and Abe’s 67th wedding anniversary would have been August 2nd.

Besides her family and many friends, the focus of Marge’s life was the theater. She helped found 2 theater groups, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley and Aurora Theater (with Barbara Oliver). An excellent actress (notably taking the lead role of Mrs. Smith in Actors Ensemble's production of "The Bald Soprano" in 1961), she switched to doing props and costumes later on. Many of Actors Ensemble's productions in the late 1950's and early 1960's took place in her and Abe's ample basement, and her costume-filled attic was legendary in local theater circles.

She was predeceased by her parents Florence and Melvin Gunderson, sister Avis Badami (Nick), husband Abe, son David and nephew Craig Badami. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Glicksman (Dan Auslander), niece Yvonne Bernklau (Tom Foor), grand nephew Yuri Reiter (Tianna Meriage Reiter), grand nephew Nicholas Badami(Alyson) and her dog CiCi. Online remembrances were held for her neighbors and friends on August 16th. Folks wishing to contact the family may write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and their message will be forwarded.


Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is dedicating their next production, an online, Covid-Era adaptation of Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid", to her memory.

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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