Marianna Hill

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Marianna Hill
Marianna Hill in Black Zoo.jpg
Hill in Black Zoo (1963)
Born Marianna Schwarzkopf
(1942-02-09) February 9, 1942 (age 75)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S. or Santa Barbara de Nexe, Portugal [note 1]
Other names Mariana Hill
Marianne Hill
Marianna Renfred
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–2005

Marianna Hill (February 9, 1942 in Santa Barbara, California), sometimes credited as Mariana Hill, is an American actress[1] who has predominantly worked in American television and is known for her starring role in the feature western film High Plains Drifter (1973) and her many roles on television series in the 1960s and 1970s.

Early years[edit]

Hill was born Marianna Schwarzkopf, a cousin of U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.. Her father, a building contractor, worked in several countries, which resulted in Hill's being educated in California, Spain, and Canada. During her teenage years her family settled in Southern California when her father purchased a restaurant there.[2]


Hill's initial acting experience came when she was an apprentice at the Laguna Playhouse. She then worked three summers at the La Jolla Playhouse and later gained more experience at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.[2]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[3] Hill has appeared in more than 70 films and television episodes. Her film debut came in Married Too Young (1962).[2]

She played Gabrielle in the Howard Hawks film, Red Line 7000 (1965) and co-starred in the Elvis Presley films Roustabout (1964) and Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966); the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter (1973) as Callie Travers; and in The Godfather Part II (1974) as Deanna Dunn-Corleone.[4]

Hill guest-starred in several 1960s sitcoms, including My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes and Love American Style, as well as in the original Star Trek series ("Dagger of the Mind", 1966, as Dr. Helen Noel) and Perry Mason ("The Case of the Greek Goddess", 1963, as Theba).

She also guest-starred in Bonanza, Death Valley Days, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T., Kung Fu, The Outer Limits, Mannix, Batman, Daniel Boone, The Tall Man and the first pilot movie for Harry O.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1969). "Review: ‘The Traveling Executioner’". Variety. 
  2. ^ a b c Lisanti, Tom (2007). Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-Five Profiles. McFarland. pp. 93–96. ISBN 9781476612416. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  4. ^ "Marianna Hill". The New York Times. 


  1. ^ The sources for both locations, IMDb, the Lisanti and blog article listed in the Further reading section, are unreliable for birthplace data. There was a reference listed as a California birth record, but such records are not online, and individual records require a Mail request and check.

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