Marilyn Lee Cohen, 38, who formerly ran a catering service in Georgetown, was killed May 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif., in an automobile accident.

Beverly Hills police said she was in her car, waiting to pull into a parking space, when another vehicle struck her car. The accident happened near the Beverely Hills People, a weekly newspaper, where she worked in the sales division.

Miss Cohen was a native of Milwaukee. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

She came to Washington about 1966 and worked for two years at WRC-TV as an aide to a talk-show programmer. She then was an assistant to Maxine Cheshire, a Washington Post columnist, for a brief period.

In 1969, Miss Cohen formed her own catering service, which she first called Up Your Kitchen and later renamed Cuisine A la Carte. She catered social affairs from her home in Georgetown where she also taught gourmet cooking classes.

She moved to California in 1978 and lived in Santa Monica at the time of her death.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Cohen, and a brother, Richard, all of Milwaukee, and a sister, Nancy, of Miami, Fla.