December 3, 1910
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||November 6, 2004
Torrance, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Edward Cook (1937–1998; his death); 2 children|
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Marion Shilling (December 3, 1910 – November 6, 2004) was an American film actress of the 1930s.
Shilling was born as Marion Schilling in Denver, Colorado in 1910 as per the Social Security Death Index under the name COOK, MARION S., although some biographers had formerly cited 1911 or 1914. She started her acting career as a stage actress, starring in stage plays such as Miss Lulu Betts and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. In 1929 she received her first screen role in Wise Girls. After a couple of roles in other films, she starred opposite William Powell in the 1930 crime drama Shadow of the Law. That movie springboarded her into roles as a B-movie heroine.
In 1931 she was one of thirteen girls selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars", a list that included future Hollywood star Marian Marsh. From 1930 to 1936 she starred in forty two films, mostly westerns or mysteries. She often starred opposite Tom Keene and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams. In the 1934 film serial The Red Rider, she starred opposite early western film legend Buck Jones, with a supporting cast that included William Desmond and football legend Jim Thorpe.
Despite her success in films, Shilling retired in 1936, to marry and have a family. She was married to Edward Cook from 1937 until his death in 1998. They had two children, Edward and Frances.
She never returned to acting, and died from natural causes on November 6, 2004, in Torrance, California, aged 93.
|1929||Wise Girls||Ruth Bence|
|1930||Lord Byron of Broadway||Nancy|
|1930||The Swellhead||Mamie Judd|
|1930||Free and Easy||Singer and dancer||Uncredited|
|1930||Shadow of the Law||Edith Wentworth|
|1930||On Your Back||Jeanne Burke|
|1931||Young Donovan's Kid||Kitty Costello|
|1931||The Common Law||Stephanie Brown|
|1931||June First||Marion||21 min|
|1931||Sundown Trail||Dorothy ′Dottie′ Beals|
|1931||Take 'em and Shake 'em||18 min|
|1931||Forgotten Women||Patricia Young|
|1931||Easy to Get||Marion||18 min|
|1932||Only Men Wanted||20 min|
|1932||Shop Angel||Dorothy Hayes|
|1932||The County Fair||Alice Ainsworth|
|1932||Rule 'Em and Weep||Ramona||19 min|
|1932||A Man's Land||Peggy Turner|
|1932||Niagara Falls||19 min|
|1932||A Parisian Romance||Claudette|
|1932||The Heart Punch||Kitty Doyle|
|1933||Curtain at Eight||Anice Cresmer|
|1934||Fighting to Live||Mary Carson|
|1934||The Red Rider||Marie Maxwel|
|1934||Inside Information||Anne Seton|
|1934||Thunder Over Texas||Helen Mason|
|1934||Elinor Norton||Publisher's Staff||Uncredited|
|1934||The Westerner||Juanita Barnes|
|1935||Blazing Guns||Betty Lou Rickard (as Marian Shilling)|
|1935||A Shot in the Dark||Jean Coates|
|1935||Stone of Silver Creek||Martha Mason|
|1935||Gun Smoke||Jean Culverson (as Marian Shilling)|
|1935||The Keeper of the Bees||Louise|
|1935||Society Fever||Victoria Vandergriff|
|1935||Captured in Chinatown||Ann Parker|
|1935||Rio Rattler||Mary Adams|
|1935||Gun Play||Madge Holt|
|1936||I'll Name the Murderer||Smitty|
|1936||The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand||Verna Gironda|
|1936||The Idaho Kid||Ruth Endicott|
|1936||Romance Rides the Range||Carol Marland|
|1936||Cavalcade of the West||Mary Christman|
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