Jill Schoelen

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Jill Schoelen
Born Jill Marie Schoelen
(1963-03-21) March 21, 1963 (age 52)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Residence Sherman Oaks, California
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Anthony Marinelli (m. 1993–2002)
Children 2

Jill Schoelen (born March 21, 1963) is an American actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Jill Marie Schoelen in Burbank, California. She is the only daughter and one of four children of Paul and Dorothy Schoelen. Dorothy Schoelen is known as a prominent women’s fashion designer from the 80’s and 90’s. The family grew up Burbank, and in 1974 moved to Encino, California. Jill began singing at the age of 7 and taught herself to read music and play the guitar by the age of 10. Her career began when at 15 years old, a talent agent heard her sing and play guitar. Shortly there after, Schoelen began booking commercials for American and international markets. [2]

Acting career[edit]

Schoelen’s theatrical debut was in the 1981 TV pilot The Best of Times which starred Crispin Glover and Nicolas Cage. Schoelen soon went on to star in such movies as D.C. Cab (1983), Chiller (1985), That Was Then... This Is Now (1985), Babes in Toyland (1986), The Stepfather (1987), Billionaire Boys Club (TV miniseries 1987), Cutting Class (1989), The Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture (1989), Popcorn (1991), When a Stranger Calls Back (1993), and There Goes My Baby (1994).

Schoelen guest starred on such series as TJ Hooker, Little House on the Prairie, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder and the short lived series Sara (starring Geena Davis), and Robert Blake’s Hell Town,[3] and Aaron Spelling’s The Heights (1992).

During the years she was starring in film and television, Schoelen had a list of theater credits as well. She starred in the musical Pepper Street (1984 – 1989), playing the lead role of Spirit, a role written for her where she played a teenage suicide and sang 10 songs per show. The original musical played in the Los Angeles area for 5 years of which Schoelen did the first 4 years. In 1988, Sean Penn cast her in a dramatic play he wrote and directed, The Kindness of Women.[4] They soon worked together again on stage, but this time starring opposite each other in David Rabe’s Hurlyburly (1988/1989),[5] in a production that David Rabe also directed.

In 2009, Jill released her debut album, Kelly’s Smile, a jazz album that is composed of songs related to her childhood friend who she lived across the street from, Kelly Troup who died of cancer at 39 years old.[6]

Personal life[edit]

During her years as an actress, Jill was linked with Keanu Reeves whom she met while working together on Babes In Toyland, and later was rumored to be engaged to Brad Pitt, who she met while working with him on Cutting Class. In 1993, she married film composer Anthony Marinelli, and from 1994 until 2008, Jill took a long hiatus from her career to be a full time mom. They have two sons, Dante (b 1995) and Zachariah (b 1997).[7] In 2002 they separated and then divorced. In 2003, she began a long term relationship with world-renowned jazz bassist, Dave Carpenter, who has played with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and many others, while playing bass on hundreds of CD’s including James Taylor, Barbara Streisand, Barry Manilow and countless others. On June 24, 2008, Dave suddenly died of a heart attack at 48 years old, and Jill went very quiet. In 2015, she has been spotted frequently with conservative blogger Bill Whittle at his speaking engagements and around the Los Angeles area.[8]



Year Film Role Director Notes
1983 D.C. Cab Claudette Joel Schumacher
1984 Hot Moves Julie Ann Jim Sotos
1985 Thunder Alley Beth J. S. Cardone
That Was Then... This Is Now Angela Shepard Christopher Cain
1987 The Stepfather Stephanie Joseph Ruben
1989 The Bite Lisa Snipes Fred Goodwin
Cutting Class Paula Carson Rospo Pallenberg
The Phantom of the Opera Christine Day Dwight H. Little
1991 Popcorn Maggie Mark Herrier
Rich Girl Courtney Joel Bender
1992 Adventures in Spying Julie Converse Hil Covington
State of Mind Wishman Reginald Adamson
1994 There Goes My Baby Babette Floyd Mutrux
1996 Not Again! Jenny Fred Kennamer
2004 She Kept Silent Yalena Svetlana Cvetko Short film

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Best of Times Jill Television film
1982 Little House on the Prairie Jane Canfield 9.10 "Love"
1983 Great Day Carla Simpson Television film
TJ Hooker Kelly Hobbs 2.17 "Sweet Sixteen and Dead"
Happy Endings Anne Marie Bartlett Television film
1985 Sara Emily 1.11 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
Chiller Stacey Television film
Hell Town Shelley 1.2 "The People vs. Willy the Goat"
1986 Shattered Spirits Allison Television film
Babes in Toyland Mary Piper / Mary Contrary Television film
1987 Billionaire Boys Club Amy Whitehall Television film
1988 CBS Schoolbreak Special Amy Fletcher 6.2. "Gambler"
1989 Murder, She Wrote Flora Gerakaris 5.16 "Truck Stop"
1992 The Heights Betty B 1.6 "Fear of Heights"
1993 When a Stranger Calls Back Julia Jenz Television film
Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story Ruth Henderson Television film
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Becky Garfield 1.17 "Shaker"


  1. ^ "Jill Schoelen". The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ John Quinn. "Coty Wild Musk "A Thousand Quivers" 1983 commercial". Youtube. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Jill Schoelen at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Richard T. Kelly. "Sean Penn: His Life and Times". Faber and Faber Limited. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Dan Sullivan. "'HurlyBurly' Hits Home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ Jerry Saravia. "Interview with Jill Schoelen: The Strength, Vitality and Allure of Jill Schoelen". Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Starzik.com, accessed May 20th, 2015.
  8. ^ Spokesman.com, accessed May 20th, 2015.

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