Get Well, Martha Sigall Get Well, Martha Sigall

Get Well, Martha Sigall

Our friend Martha Sigall has been in Intensive Care for the last few days. According to her son, Lee:

She was in ICU for four days with septic shock. The origin of her infection is still unknown. She had some damage to major organs. Some of that has improved and some remains. She was transferred to a regular room Saturday, then she had a little setback after midnight with a fever which has since remitted. Sunday was a very tiring day for her. We still don’t know when she will be discharged, and when she does, she will have a long bit of recovery to do. If you don’t know her address, send a private message to me, and I will try to get to my messages from time to time. Spread the word if you know someone who knows Martha. To know her is to love her.

That’s for sure. Martha is one of our last living links to the golden age of animation. She started at Leon Schelesinger’s studio (Warner Bros.) in the 1930s, and later worked for the early UPA, MGM, and inked and painted cels for Bob Clampett, Bill Melendez, Chuck Jones and practically everyone in the business. Her life in animation was recounted in this 2005 book. Recently Martha started a series of You Tube videos recalling her career. Below is the one she posted last month. Get well, Martha – you are the greatest!

  • Get well, Martha. Cartoons will grow 500 years older if you die.

  • Aww that sucks. Everybody in the industry owes her a debt of gratitude for not only helping make some of the greatest cartoons of all time, but also writing a great book on an often neglected but vital and interesting part of the history of the animated cartoon. I really hope she gets well.

  • I never met her but I also wanted to send Mrs Sigall :
    Get well, Martha.

  • Get well soon, Martha. You’re a gem!

  • Love you Martha, get better soon..

  • William

    Get well soon, Martha!

  • Charles Carney

    Get well soon, Martha. You are surrounded by people who love you.

  • Charles Carney

    Get well soon, Martha. You are surrounded by people who love you.

  • Your remembrances are a treasure, I’ve already read your book twice. Get well soon.

  • james madison

    Get well soon, Martha.

  • This is sad. I really hope she does get better!

  • Mike Fontanelli

    You’re the best, Martha. Please get well soon.

  • Please get well soon! I didn’t know about your book before but I will get it and read it!

  • Martha, you must get well very soon. You and Sol are such dear friends and kind people. Thanks for answering all my questions about Leon and MGM cartoons! Cathy and I both love you, and wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Best wishes to you,. Martha. I plan to get that book of yours..and glad that you enjoyed working with all the Warner directors, right down to the IMO underrated Frank Tashlin, Bob McKimson and Art Davis.

  • Come through for us, Martha—we’re here for you.

  • Please, get well Martha! You are loved by us fans, you are the best!

  • Get well, Martha!! You’re the First Lady of Animation & an inspiration to us all.

  • Russell Vossler

    I wrote to Lee to pass along to Martha my best wishes for a speedy and strong recovery, but it bears repeating here–Martha and Sol are the sweetest people I could hope to meet. They are so patient with questions; gracious, generous and enthusiastic. Her book is a delight. Please get well soon!!

  • Have a speed recovery and get well soon, Martha!!!

  • Daniel Spencer

    I never met her but I am deeply saddened by her illness. Im sure every animation fan feels the same and hopes she gets better soon.

  • Grayson Ponti

    Martha you are a really special and unique woman who is one of a kind in the animation industry. Get well soon!

  • Steve Gattuso

    Get well, Martha!

  • Rooniman

    OH no! D:

  • Wow! What a sweet lady! Get well soon!

  • Hang in there, Martha, and get well soon. Your stories about the early days are golden.

  • Karen Marx

    You brighten all of our lives just by knowing you. I Love You!!

  • Certainly hope Martha’s condition improves. My mother-in-law just went through the same thing, the infection was in her gall bladder. It can be a rough road as Septic Shock can be quite serious. Hang in there Martha!!! We’re all pulling for you.

  • Sue

    Dear Martha,

    So sorry to hear of your illness. I hope you are on the road to recovery and will be home very soon. All best wishes for a speedy and complete return to good health.

    Best wishes,
    Sue Laslo
    Friend of Karen Marx

  • Paul Gleave

    From one of your Aussie fans who just got thru reading your wonderful book about your years in animation, get well soon Martha.