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Television game show model

Movies and TV shows
Let's Make a Deal, This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Mark Burgess (m. 1985), Bernard Safire (m. 1966–1983)

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Monty Hall, Jay Stewart, Tiffany Coyne, Bob Hilton, Wendell Niles

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Carol Merrill (born Carol Lue Hiller;January 19, 1941) was the model for the television game show Let's Make a Deal during the show's original run between 1963-77. She was born in Frederic, Wisconsin.


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Carol Merrill on Late Night, September 28, 1982


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While on Let's Make a Deal, Merrill would model the various prizes, present money to contestants, and perform various other tasks as an assistant to host Monty Hall. On Let's Make a Deal, Merrill was frequently referred to by Monty Hall by her full name, and thus became one of the first game show models to be known as such, rather than the customary first-name-only naming convention used by such shows as The Price Is Right.

This allowed Merrill to gain wider recognition than other game show models of the time, and her celebrity status has led to many guest appearances on talk shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and Geraldo. As Hall once put it,

"I never said 'door' without saying 'Carol Merrill.' 'Let's see what Carol Merrill has behind door No. 2.' 'What Carol Merrill has in the box.' So she and Jay Stewart, my announcer, became stars. Everywhere we went, people would say, 'How's Carol?' 'How's Jay?'"

Merrill, along with original Let's Make a Deal announcer Jay Stewart, made an appearance in 1986 on the finale of The All-New Let's Make a Deal, modeling a zonk (200 pounds of bananas) along with Stewart. After learning that the contestant traded $1,427 for the zonk, Merrill decided to let him have the $1,427 anyway while Stewart gave him a banana bunch to go with the money.


In addition to her 14-year stint with Let's Make a Deal, Merrill was a model on the short-lived TV series Your Surprise Package, and for one episode of the TV series Burke's Law, both during 1963. She also played several other small roles in various films in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Other interests

After Let's Make A Deal, Merrill began working in the natural health field. She has written articles on various personal health topics for two online newsletters.

In 1989, Merrill moved to Hawaii and spent several years working on various environmental issues. For her environmental work, she received the Hawaii County Mayor's Award of Excellence and the First Lady's Outstanding Volunteer Award from the State of Hawaii. From 2001-09, she and her husband, Mark Burgess, lived in Australia before returning to Hawaii. In recent years, Merrill has reappeared on the Biography Channel's episode about Monty Hall, and on several episodes of Hollywood Squares (serving as a bonus prize model during the show's first Game Show Week in 2002).


Carol Merrill has been married to Mark Burgess since 1985. Her previous husband, Bernie Safire, is the father of her daughter, Hillary Safire. Hillary appeared as the model for The New Truth or Consequences in 1987, and in the 1983 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Carol Lue Hiller's first husband was Richard Thomas "Tom" Merrill, whom she married in Los Angeles County, California, on July 17, 1960, at the age of nineteen. Carol Merrill is the aunt of actress Carla Gugino, who has credited Merrill as being the person responsible for getting her interested in show business.


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