Marley Shelton

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Marley Shelton
Marley Shelton.jpg
Shelton at the Austin premiere of Grindhouse, March 2006.
Born Marley Eve Shelton
(1974-04-12) April 12, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s) Beau Flynn (m. 2001)
Children 2

Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress.

Shelton began her acting career in her late teens, and appeared in several 1990s television movies and shows. She made her film debut in Grand Canyon (1991), and was cast in the films The Sandlot (1993), Nixon (1995), Warriors of Virtue, and Trojan War (1997). Shelton subsequently appeared in Pleasantville (1998) and Never Been Kissed (1999).

In 2001, Shelton got her first starring role in the black comedy Sugar & Spice, and appeared as one of the main characters in the teen horror film Valentine. Shelton then appeared in supporting roles in the films Uptown Girls (2003), Sin City (2005), and The Last Kiss (2006). After being cast in a significant role in Grindhouse (2007), she received the lead role in the CBS show Eleventh Hour. In 2009, Shelton starred in A Perfect Getaway and (Untitled), and subsequently had a role in Scream 4 (2011).

Early life[edit]

Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Carol (née Stromme), a teacher and former singer, and Christopher Shelton, a director and producer.[1] Her younger sister is actress and singer Samantha Shelton. She grew up in the residential neighborhood of Eagle Rock, where she attended Eagle Rock High School. Shelton attended University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Film and Theatre, but dropped out when she got a role in the kung-fu kiddie film Warriors of Virtue.[2]


Early career, 1990–1997[edit]

Shelton began acting in her late teens, and appeared in several television movies and films throughout the 1990s. She got her first film role as Roberto's girlfriend at camp in Grand Canyon. After that role, she appeared in the 1993 film, The Sandlot, playing the lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn. In 1995, Shelton appeared in a supporting role, as former President Nixon's adult daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, in Oliver Stone's Nixon. That same year, she guest appeared in the television series Cybill episode "The Big Sleep-Over".

Shelton next co-starred alongside Lynda Carter in When Friendship Kills (1996), a made-for-television film about anorexia nervosa among teens. She appeared opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in one of all times biggest budget flops with ticket sales of only $307 US, romantic comedy Trojan War(1997).[3] Shelton landed a role in 1997's fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, as Princess Elysia.

Career transition, 1998–2008[edit]

Her first major role came in 1998 with the fantasy comedy Pleasantville, in which she portrayed Margaret, the love interest of Tobey Maguire's character.[4] This role was followed by a number of other appearances in films aimed at a teenage audience, including her role as a member of a snobby high school clique in 1999's Never Been Kissed and The Bachelor. Lured Innocence, an independent drama, was starring Shelton and Dennis Hopper. In 2001, Shelton appeared in the horror film Valentine, alongside Denise Richards and David Boreanaz. The film was largely panned,[5] but was a moderate success at the box office, grossing over $36 million worldwide.[6] She also had her first starring role on screen in the black comedy film Sugar & Spice, and appeared in Bubble Boy, a comedy film co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

In the following few years, Shelton appeared in a variety of independent films, including Just a Kiss, Dallas 362, Grand Theft Parsons, and Moving Alan – directed by her father and starring her sister. Shelton had a small role as "The Customer" in the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City. Shelton provided the voice for a guest appearance as Betsy in the American Dad! episode "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man". She was also originally cast in the role of Annabeth Schott on the television series, The West Wing, but the role was eventually played by Kristin Chenoweth. She had supporting roles in the 2006 films American Dreamz and The Last Kiss.[7]

Shelton played a lead role as Dr. Dakota Block in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino-directed film Grindhouse, appearing in both of the film's segments as the same character (a cameo in Tarantino's segment, and a starring role in Rodriguez's).[8] She explained about her character: "I referenced the classic Hitchcock ice queen blonde, like Tippi Hedren, for the beginning just as a starting place, and then obviously she devolves as she evolve."[9] Shelton spoke about her own obsessions that attracted her back to horror genre with Grindhouse, saying "Personally as an actor I am obsessed with suspense and what creates it. I have studied suspense and I love the old Hitchcock films for that reason. I was really delighted to be in the hands of two masters of their craft, both Robert and Quentin, playing with the ideas of building suspense."[10]

Shelton starred in The Fifth Patient, an independent thriller, in which she played the character Helen. The following year, she portrayed a minor role in the biopic film about George W. Bush, W., directed by Oliver Stone. In October 2008, CBS's Eleventh Hour, based on the British TV series of the same name, premiered with Shelton appearing as FBI Special Agent Rachel Young of the executive protection detail.[11] The show, however, was canceled after one season.[12]

Recent projects, 2009–present[edit]

In 2009, Shelton appeared opposite Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant in A Perfect Getaway. That year, Shelton landed the role of Madeleine Gray, a trendy New York art gallery owner in the independent comedy (Untitled).[13] Shelton explained her role in the film: "There's a purity to her. As driven as she is to find the 'get,' the next hot commodity, she also has a pure passion for art."[14] (Untitled) received favorable reviews,[15] with John Hartl of Seattle Times writing that "Shelton is perfect as the energized heroine. Ruthless, smart but pretentiously wrongheaded, she's the kind of culture vulture we haven't seen before."[16]

Women in Trouble was released theatrically the following month. In the film, Shelton portrayed the character of Cora, a flight attendant. She reprised her character in the sequel Elektra Luxx, which was released in 2010. Shelton appeared alongside Carla Gugino again in The Mighty Macs, a low-budget drama which is also known as Our Lady of Victory.

On July 1, 2010, it was announced that Shelton was cast in the role of Deputy Judy Hicks in the Wes Craven film Scream 4, a role Lake Bell previously held.[17][18][19] Some critics praised Shelton, include Matthew Turner for View London, who stated that she turned in an "enjoyably weird performance".[20] She is now playing the lead character of Dr. Allison Lennon in the Lifetime TV series The Lottery.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Shelton currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband, film producer Beau Flynn, whom she married in July 2001. The couple have 2 daughters: West, born September 6, 2009 and Ruby Jeanne, born May 1, 2012.[22][23][24][25][26]

When she is not acting, Shelton enjoys travelling, and has visited countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa.[27] She also practices a regimen of yoga and pilates.[27][28]

On April 30, 2010, Shelton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was released the next day after posting $5,000 bond.[29][30][31] On May 21, 2010, Shelton pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $240 plus penalties.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Grand Canyon Amanda
1993 Sandlot, TheThe Sandlot Wendy Peffercorn
1995 Nixon Tricia Nixon Cox
1997 Warriors of Virtue Elysia
1997 Trojan War Brooke Kingsley
1998 Pleasantville Margaret Henderson
1999 Never Been Kissed Kristin
1999 Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor Natalie Arden
1999 Protect-O-Man Paige Turner
2000 Lured Innocence Elsie Townsend
2001 Sugar & Spice Diane Weston
2001 Valentine Kate Davies
2001 Bubble Boy Chloe
2001 On the Borderline Nicky
2002 Just a Kiss Rebecca
2003 Moving Alan Melissa Kennard
2003 Dallas 362 Amanda
2003 Uptown Girls Ingrid
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Susie
2004 Old Man and the Studio, TheThe Old Man and the Studio Kaitlyn Short film
2005 Don't Come Knocking Starlet
2005 Sin City The Customer
2006 American Dreamz Jessica
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey Mary O'Callahan
2006 Last Kiss, TheThe Last Kiss Arianna
2007 Death Proof Dr. Dakota Block-McGraw
2007 Fifth Patient, TheThe Fifth Patient Helen
2007 Planet Terror Dr. Dakota Block
2008 W. Fran
2009 (Untitled) Madeleine Gray
2009 Women in Trouble Cora
2009 Perfect Getaway, AA Perfect Getaway Cleo
2009 Mighty Macs, TheThe Mighty Macs Sister Sunday
2010 Elektra Luxx Cora
2011 Scream 4 Deputy Judy Hicks
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Joan Parker
2013 Mediation Victoria Lindo Short film
2014 Solace Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Heather Episode: "Torn Between Two Brothers"
1992 Up to No Good Denise Harmon TV film
1992 Family Matters Becky Sue Episode: "Woman of the People"
1992 Bodies of Evidence Julie Belmont Episode: "The Edge"
1992 Camp Wilder Jennifer Episode: "Sophie's Birthday"
1992 Crossroads Katie Stahl Episode: "Freedom of the Road"
1992 Great Scott! Allison Episode: "Pyrrhic Lyric"
1993 Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty Laura TV film
1993 Angel Falls Brandi Dare TV series
1994 Dead at 21 Keri Sullivan Episode: "Love Minus Zero"
1994 McKenna Heather Episode: "Splendor in the McKenna Grass"
1994 Friend to Die For, AA Friend to Die For Jamie Hall TV film
1994 Take Me Home Again Lisa TV film
1995 Cybill Jan Episode: "The Big Sleep-Over"
1996 When Friendship Kills Jennifer Harnsberger TV film
1998 Fantasy Island Jane Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Karen Sisco Molly Lucas Episode: "Dog Day Sisco"
2005 American Dad! Betsy White (voice) Episode: "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"
2005 Dark Shadows Victoria Winters Unsold TV pilot
2008–2009 Eleventh Hour Rachel Young Main role (18 episodes)
2011 Harry's Law Tammy Benoit Episode: "Bad to Worse"
2013 Mad Men Kate Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
2014 The Lottery Dr. Alison Lennon Lead role


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