March 21, 1963 |
Schoelen was born in Burbank, California. Her mother is fashion designer Dorothy Schoelen.
Schoelen's debut was in the 1981 TV film Best of Times, which also starred Crispin Glover and Nicolas Cage. Schoelen has also starred in such movies as D.C. Cab (1983), Babes in Toyland (1986), The Stepfather (1987), Curse II: The Bite (1988), Cutting Class (1989), The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Rich Girl (film) (1991), Popcorn (1991), When a Stranger Calls Back (1993), There Goes My Baby (1994), and State of Mind costarring Fred Williamson. Schoelen's last major role was in a rarely seen 1996 independent film called Not Again! Her role as the heroine in no less than six low-budget horror films earned her a minor cult following and reputation as a scream queen. She also guest starred in the hit TV show Murder, She Wrote, Little House on the Prairie (TV series) in an episode entitled "Love" where she played a blind girl, Diagnosis: Murder in an episode entitled "Shaker", and Hell Town which starred Robert Blake and lasted only one season. In the latter, she appeared in an episode entitled "The People vs. Willy the Goat."
Schoelen was once engaged to her Cutting Class leading man Brad Pitt before the relationship ended in 1989. Jill took time off from the spotlight to raise her two children with her husband, composer Anthony Marinelli, in Encino, California. The two were divorced in 2002. In 2003, Jill began a relationship with jazz bassist Dave Carpenter, who has played with Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Boz Scaggs, and many others. Jill and Dave began working on a jazz album, with Jill providing the vocals and Dave playing bass as well as producing.
As of 2011, Jill was working on a new CD recording songs she believed would be part of the American Songbook, and produced a play titled The Standard Bearer and has co-produced Baby, it's You for Broadway with director Floyd Mutrux, both as of 2011.
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