- September 10, 1940 - April 10, 2017
- New Orleans, Louisiana
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Maryann Hillyer Fisher was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 10, 1940 to Mary Lacagnin and Morris Shutz. She lived most of her life in New York City and moved to New Orleans in 2006 to marry Dr. James W. Fisher, who predeceased her on May 1, 2016. After a long battle with Cancer, Maryann passed away on April 10, 2017.
Maryann held Masters Degrees from NYU in Internal Relations and from the Juilliard School of the Performing Arts. She had a lifelong career in the entertainment industry having performed in numerous prestigious Hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the Fontainbleau in Miami Beach, the Flamingo in Las Vegas, and the Edgewater Beach in Chicago. In the 1960’s, she was a featured performer with Bob Hope USO Tours and opening act for Red Buttons. She also appeared in numerous musical theatrical performances in the New York City area and spent many years with the Minolta Corporation as an entertainer in private and sponsored events.
Maryann Hillyer Fisher won the title of Miss New York State in 1961 and competed in the Miss America Beauty Pageant at Atlantic City in 1962. After competing in pageantry, Maryann was featured for three years in the television series of Allen Funt’s Candid Camera as the “Candid Camera Girl” and had other minor TV appearances. She eventually took her beauty and talents to develop a one woman act that shared her life experiences in and out of show business and her singing in her own featured show “Confessions of a Former Beauty Queen”.
She is survived by her two nephews in New Jersey, Dr. Donald Fahringer and Robert Fahringer, who are sons to her beloved sister, the late Evelyn Shutz Fahringer. She is also survived by her step children Candis Fisher Smith of Houston, Patricia Fisher Valladares of New Orleans, Richard Fisher of Oklahoma City, William Fisher & John Fisher, both of Baton Rouge, and Elaine Fisher Spurr of Greenville, North Carolina (deceased).
The Fisher Family extends their thanks and sincerest appreciation to Tom and Ann Guntherberg for the loving care and support shown to both Dr. James Fisher and Maryann Fisher during their decline and for their close friendship.
A Funeral Service has been arranged at Lake Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie for Tuesday, April 18th, with Visitation from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Service beginning in the Lake Lawn Chapel at 12:00pm with Inurnment to follow at Lake Lawn’s All Saints Mausoleum.