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Mary Parkinson Biography – Mary Parkinson Wiki
Mary Parkinson (née Heneghan) is a British journalist and television presenter, known for her appearances on “Through The Keyhole”. She was the wife of Sir Michael Parkinson, who died on 16 August 2023 at the age of 88 after a short illness.
A statement from his family said: “After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family. The family request that they are given privacy and time to grieve.”
Sir Michael Parkinson is survived by his beloved wife Mary, their three children and eight grandchildren.
Parkinson began his career in print journalism, working for local papers based near his hometown of Barnsley before becoming a feature writer at the Manchester Guardian and then the Daily Express in London.
After a stint in the army, including serving in Egypt during the Suez crisis as a press liaison officer, Parkinson moved into television. He worked for Granada Television in the 1960s as a current affairs reporter and presented the station’s late-night film review programme, Cinema, from 1969.
In 1971, his eponymous BBC talk show began on a late-night Saturday slot, ultimately running until 1982 before being revived from 1998 to 2007.
Mary Parkinson Age
She was born Mary Ann Heneghan in 1939 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.
Michael Parkinson’s Wife Mary
Mary Parkinson was the wife of talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson. She met Michael Parkinson on the top deck of a bus in Doncaster. Parkinson married Doncaster-born Mary Heneghan, to whom he had proposed on the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Scarborough. They were married for 60 years until Sir Michael Parkinson’s death in 2023.
Mary Parkinson Family
Mary Parkinson and Sir Michael Parkinson have three children; Andrew, Nicholas, and Michael Jr.
According to the BBC, while Mary was pregnant with their first child, she lived in Manchester. Parkinson later recalled getting a phone call from his father to say that he had “kidnapped” Mary and taken her back home in order to ensure that the couple’s first child, which his father assumed would be a boy, would be born in Yorkshire and therefore qualify to play cricket for the county.