Marianna Hill

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Marianna Hill
Marianna Hill in Black Zoo.jpg
Hill in Black Zoo (1963)
Marianna Schwarzkopf

(1942-02-09) February 9, 1942 (age 79)
Other namesMariana Hill
Marianne Hill
Marianna Renfred
Years active1960–1980, 2005, 2016

Marianna Hill (born Marianna Schwarzkopf; February 9, 1942) is a retired American actress[2] who predominantly worked in American television and is known for her starring role in the feature western film High Plains Drifter (1973) as well as many roles on television series in the 1960s and 1970s. She was sometimes credited as Mariana Hill.

Early years[edit]

Hill was born in Santa Barbara, California[3] to architect Frank Schwarzkopf and writer Mary Hawthorne Hill, who worked as a script doctor. Retired United States Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a cousin.[citation needed]

Her father, a building contractor, worked in several countries, which resulted in Hill's education in California, Spain, and Canada. During her teenage years her family settled in southern California when her father purchased a restaurant there.[4]


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.[4] She was a life member of The Actors Studio[5] as of January 1980.

She adopted her mother's surname ("Hill") as her professional surname. She has appeared in more than 70 films and television episodes.

Her film debut came in Married Too Young (1962).[4] She played Gabrielle in the Howard Hawks film, Red Line 7000 (1965) and co-starred in the Elvis Presley film Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966); the Haskell Wexler cult classic political film Medium Cool (1969); the western El Condor (1970); the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter (1973) as Callie Travers; and in The Godfather Part II (1974) as Deanna Dunn-Corleone, Fredo Corleone's hard-drinking wife.[6]

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 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.[citation needed] Hill's final TV guest appearance was in a 1984 episode of Remington Steel.

After moving to New York to teach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Hill moved to England in 1988 to teach at The Lee Strasberg Studio in London. She remained there until its closure in 2001.[7] Hill continued to teach at The Method Studio in London, and made an appearance in the 2005 British film Coma Girl: The State of Grace, a part she got through the association of one of her students with the film's writer and director Dina Jacobsen.[citation needed]

Her last American film was Chief Zabu which was filmed on the campus of Bard College in New York in 1986. The film was not released until 2016.[8][9] In a rare public appearance Hill attended the premier of the movie at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.[10]

Hill lives in London and still teaches acting privately and at acting workshops. She is scheduled to make an appearance at the Destination Star Trek Germany convention in June 2021.[11]



  1. ^ "Marianna Schwarzkopf birth registry". Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Variety Staff (December 31, 1969). "Review: 'The Traveling Executioner'". Variety.
  3. ^ "Marianna Hill - The Private Life and Times of Marianna Hill. Marianna Hill Pictures".
  4. ^ a b c Lisanti, Tom (2007). Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-Five Profiles. McFarland. pp. 93–96. ISBN 9781476612416. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Marianna Hill profile". The New York Times.
  7. ^ 'Strasberg London School Closes' | Date: 21 February, 2001 | Author: David McGillvray | URL:
  8. ^ 'Interview with Neil Cohen' | Date:
  9. ^ 'Missing for 30 years, a Trumpian satire finds its pop-culture moment' | Date: 2 November 2016 | Author: Ben Crandell: URL: (South Florida Sun Sentinel) Retrieved 9 July, 2020
  10. ^ "Facebook".
  11. ^ "Marianna Hill - Destination Star Trek".

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