Marneen Fields

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Marneen Lynne Fields
Marneen Fields 2016.jpg
Born
Marneen Lynne Fields

(1955-08-16) August 16, 1955 (age 63)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationSinaloa Jr. High School (now Sinaloa Middle School)
Royal High School (California)
Alma materUtah State University, Utah
Occupationactress, musician, stuntwoman
Notable work
The Gauntlet
Hellhole

Marneen Lynne Fields is an actress, musician, and former stuntwoman. She has appeared in over 150 movies and TV episodes as an actress, stuntwoman, or both.She has been noted as one of the prominent stuntwomen of the 1970s and 1980s.[1]

Due to her performance as Curry in Hellhole, as well as her acting roles in other films and TV series episodes, she is said to be the first stuntwoman to be cast in a significant role as an actress.[2] Her turn from stuntwoman to actress was also noted in a 1988 Star magazine article.[3]

Early life[edit]

Marneen Lynne Fields was born in Minot, North Dakota, on August 16, 1955. She is the daughter of Robert Leo Fields II and Ruby Marie Farris.[4]

Her mother Ruby was an aspiring author and songwriter.[5]

Her father Robert was a country-western square dance caller on local TV in Minot, and later worked as a crop dusting pilot. When Marneen was around 12 years old, the family moved from North Dakota to southern California, where her father worked as a service manager at Santa Monica Airport. He later opened his own business, Bob Fields Aviation, at Van Nuys Airport. He turned his hand to invention, and founded the Bob Fields Aerocessories Company. Among other aeronautical inventions, he invented the Bob Fields Inflatable Door Seal, which is still in demand today.[5][6]

In 1972 she created and opened the first Simi Valley Parks and Recreations program in gymnastics for children and adults of all ages including the handicapped The same year she lost all the hearing in her left ear due to a throat infection. Fields continued to coach gymnastics throughout college and during her early career as a stunt woman.

In 1973 she graduated with honors from Royal High School in Simi Valley, California becoming one of three women in the United States to receive a full ride athletic-academic scholarship in gymnastics to Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Fields competed as the only class one advanced all-around gymnast for USU. She was ranked third in the entire state of Utah and ranked third in floor exercise and fifth in balance beam in intercollegiate competition (1973-1976). She majored in Health Education and minored in Theater Arts. Her college gymnastics career was cut short due to a fall off the balance beam during competition resulting in a serious injury to ligaments of her right ankle. The injury resulted in a complete ankle reconstruction surgery in 1976 where a calf's tendon was inserted into her ankle to replace the torn ligaments. She moved home to Ventura, California to heal from the ankle operation.[5]

Film Career[edit]

During the summer of 1976, she was home from college in Ventura, California recovering from the ankle reconstruction surgery when she was discovered by stuntman Paul Stader (Cary Grant's double). Marneen trained to become a Hollywood stuntwoman at his stunt school. By December 1976 she landed her first acting role as one of the schoolmates in The Spell. By 1977 she was a regular stunt performer on the TV series, The Man from Atlantis. For fifteen years, Fields appeared in TV shows and movie.

Some of the film and TV shows Fields has appeared in and the actresses she did stunts for are: Jane Seymour Battlestar Galactica, Priscilla Presley The Fall Guy, Shirley Jones Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Michelle Phillips The Man with Bogart's Face, Morgan Fairchild Time Express, Belinda Montgomery The Man from Atlantis, Mary Crosby Dynasty, Samantha Doane The Gauntlet, Linda Purl Matlock, Natasha Richardson Patty Hearst, Karen Black Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop, Linda Hamilton Murder She Wrote, Melanie Griffith She's in the Army Now, Tovah Feldshuh Terror out of the Sky, Dee Wallace The Howling, Kim Cattrall The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Barbara Hershey From Here to Eternity, and Heather Menzies Logan's Run.

Fields was also cast in more stunt actress jobs by directors like Stanley Kramer The Runner Stumbles, Irwin Allen The Swarm, Peter Medak Otherworld, and James Fargo Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

In the mid-80s she became the first woman to come from the pure stunt arena to land the co-star role in the Arkoff International Production of Hellhole as the religious insanity victim who receives a chemical lobotomy.

Music career[edit]

Fields sang REM's "Everybody Hurts" and won the G.O.D. Award in Music, the title song for the 2013 documentary, We Can Take Some of the Hurt Away produced by cinematographer Roydon Johnson,[7] a charity film about poverty to help fund education situations for children in Indonesia. Fields also received a Best Female Vocalist of the Year nomination from the LA Music Awards for her recording of "Everybody Hurts." The instrumental track was arranged by Ben Hammer, with the song produced by Grammy winner Tom Weir of Studio City Sound.[8]

Fields "Kathryn Davis: Take 2" won Most Inspirational Song the Best of Las Vegas from the Las Vegas Fame Awards, and Most Inspirational Song the Best of Hollywood from the Hollywood Fame Awards in 2017. The song is the title track to a TV sitcom she created and stars in with the same name. The pilot episode of the sitcom received a Producers Choice Honor from the LA Comedy Awards. Marneen was a co-lyricist on the song that was composed by South African hitmaker Rory Wolman of Shine Records. Marneen's vocals were recorded by Steve Valenzuela at Studio City Sound. Heavenly Waterfall ASCAP.[9]

Fields composed "I'm Gonna Be a Hollywood Stuntman" in 2012, the title track to a feature film she's written titled "Johnny Hawk AKA Hard Nuts to Crack," WINNER of Outstanding Comedy Script from the LA Comedy Awards 2015. Marneen produced the music video to "I'm Gonna Be a Hollywood Stuntman" that was nominated for Best Children's/Young Adult Film from the International Action on Film Festival 2017. "I'm Gonna Be a Hollywood Stuntman" with American Idol contestant, Christian Etter Johnson on lead vocals and Marneen on female vocals hit the NUMBER ONE spot on the Soundclick Music Internet Charts twice in the Country-Pop and Country categories beating out 50,000 other songs. The song was produced by Grammy winner Tom Weir of Studio City Sound.[10]

On August 5, 2018, Marneen won Best Single from the LANFA Nollywood Awards for her pop-rock-blues ballad about a tormented poet who commits suicide, "I'll Never Kiss His Lips Again." Words and music by, Marneen Lynne Fields with the song produced by Steve Valenzuela Gold Record recipient on Kelly Clarkson's "Greatest Hits Volume One."[11]

On July 15, 2018, Marneen won a Best Pop Single of the Year nomination from the Atlas Elite Music Entertainment Awards for her pop ballad about a tyrannical actor who breaks a young starlets heart, "Standing Ovation! You're the Star!"Words and music by, Marneen Lynne Fields with the song produced by Steve Valenzuela Gold Record recipient on Kelly Clarkson's "Greatest Hits Volume One."[12]

Author career[edit]

In 2018, Fields published her nonfiction book, The Illusive Craft of Acting: An Actor's Preparation Process.[13]

Fields will publish two books in 2019, Cartwheels & Halos: The True Marneen Lynne Fields Story, and Rollin' with the Punches: An Examination of the Stunt and Acting Careers of Marneen Fields.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In March 2016, Fields married author and freelance writer John P. Harrison.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Functioned as Notes
Actress Stunt Woman Role
1977 The Spell Yes One of the Schoolmates
1977 The Gauntlet Yes Yes Biker chick
1978 The Swarm Yes Yes Train passenger
1978 Terror Out of the Sky Yes Stunt Double: Tovah Feldshuh
1979 Pleasure Cove Yes
1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Yes Stunt driver
1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Yes Stunts: scuba diver
1979 Rendezvous Hotel Yes Stunt performer
1979 The Legend of the Golden Gun Yes Dance hall girl
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Yes Yes American Olympic Athlete
1979 A Great Ride Yes Stunts: highfall
1979 High Midnight Yes
1979 The Runner Stumbles Yes Sick nun
1980 Police Story: Confessions of a Lady Cop Yes
1980 The Man with Bogart's Face Yes Stunt double: Michelle Phillips
1980 The Secret War of Jackie's Girls Yes Stunts: fight scene
1980 Brave New World Yes Futuristic Factory Worker
1980 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Yes Singer #1
1981 Circle of Power Yes Yes Employee in fight scene
1981 The Howling Yes Stunt player
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Yes Yes Screaming Shopper Credited as stunt performer only
1981 Death Ray 2000 (TV movie pilot to A Man Called Sloane) Yes Stunts: highfall
1981 She's in the Army Now Yes Stunt double: Melanie Griffith
1981 Goliath Awaits Yes Stunts: highfall
1983 Kiss My Grits Yes Stunts
1984 Calendar Girl Murders Yes Winner of Obstacle Race
1985 Hellhole Yes Curry / Girl in dining room
1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Yes Stunts: fight scene
1986 3:15 (aka Showdown at Lincoln High) Yes Stunts: fight scene
1986 Houston: The Legend of Texas (aka Gone to Texas) Yes Stunt performer

Partial televisionography[edit]

Year Television series Functioned as Notes
Actress Stunt Woman Role
1977 Wonder Woman Yes Stunts, fight scenes, 2 episodes: Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Part 1, Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Part 2
1977-1978 Fantasy Island Yes Stunt diver, 2 episodes: Pilot episode (1977), Return to Fantasy Island (1978)
1977-1978 Man From Atlantis Yes Stunt performer, high dive, 4 episodes: The Death Scouts (1977), The Killer Spores (1977), The Disappearances (1977), The Siren (1978)
1977-1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Yes Stunt double, Pamela Sue Martin, 1 episode: Will the Real Santa Claus...? (1977). Stunt performer, 5 episodes: The Lady on Thursday at Ten (1978), Voodoo Doll: Part 1 (1978), Voodoo Doll: Part 2 (1978), The Last Kiss of Summer: Part 1 (1978), The Last Kiss of Summer: Part 2 (1978).
1978 Logan's Run (TV series) Yes Stunt performer, 1 episode: Turnabout (1978)
1978 Lou Grant Yes Olga 1 episode: Sports (1978)
1978 Project U.F.O. Yes Stunts, scuba diver, 1 episode: Sighting 4015: The Underwater Incident (1978)
1978-1979 Battlestar Galactica Yes Yes Fighter pilot Actress: 2 episodes: Fire in Space (1978), The Lost Warrior (1978). Stunt Double: Jane Seymour in 2 episodes: Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 1 (1978), Lost Planet of the Gods: Part 2 (1978). Stunt performer: camel rider in one episode: The Magnificent Warriors (1978). Stunts in one episode: Fire in Space (1978). Stunt Double: Maren Jensen in 2 episodes: War of the Gods: Part 1 (1979), War of the Gods: Part 2 (1979).
1979 Supertrain Yes Stunt Double: Joyce DeWitt, 1 episode: Pirouette (1979).
1979 Time Express Yes Stunt performer, 1 episode: The Death/Boxer (1979). Stunt double: Morgan Fairchild, 1 episode: The Copy-Writer/The Figure Skater (1979).
1979 Quincy, M.E. Yes Jill 1 episode: The Depth of Beauty (1979)
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Yes Dorothy 1 episode: We're Off to See the Wizard (1985)

Discography[edit]

Selected songs[edit]

  • Everybody Hurts[15]
  • Shadows[15]
  • Release My Love[15]
  • I've Never Ever Stopped Loving You[15]
  • Unbelievable, Love At First Sight[15]
  • Special Man[15]
  • Heavenly Waterfall Songs (Theme Song)[15]
  • We Can Take Some of the Hurt Away[7]
  • Kathryn Davis - Take 2[15]
  • Standing Ovation You're the Star[15]
  • I'm Gonna Be a Hollywood Stuntman[15]
  • Heavenly Waterfall Songs[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story by Mollie Gregory, The University Press of Kentucky, 2015.
  2. ^ "HELLHOLE: Pierre De Morro’s lost 1985 Grindhouse classic comes to Blu-ray," Bloody Disgusting (website), retrieved on Sept. 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Clint Eastwood's Hug Changed My Life," by Jean Houghton, Star magazine, 1988. Article can be seen at "Talk Ain’t Cheap," Film Takeout (website), retrieved on Sept. 10, 2016
  4. ^ a b Marneen Fields IMDB Biography
  5. ^ a b c Jeremy Marc Delaporta, "Talk Ain't Cheap", Film Takeout, January 12, 2016
  6. ^ "Bob Fields Aerocessories The Ultimate Inflatable Door Seals - History", UltimateDoorSeals.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b IMDB entry for We Can Take Some of the Hurt Away
  8. ^ Christina V Howard, "Marneen Lynne Fields A Legendary Career that Spans Forty Years"CVH 1st Class Magazine, February 3, 2018
  9. ^ Christina V Howard, "Marneen Lynne Fields A Legendary Career that Spans Forty Years"CVH 1st Class Magazine, February 3, 2018
  10. ^ Christina V Howard, "Marneen Lynne Fields A Legendary Career that Spans Forty Years"CVH 1st Class Magazine, February 3, 2018
  11. ^ Christina V Howard, "Marneen Lynne FieldsCVH 1st Class Magazine, December 12, 2018
  12. ^ Christina V Howard, "Marneen Lynne FieldsCVH 1st Class Magazine, December 12, 2018
  13. ^ Marneen Fields: A Life of High Falls, Deep Dives and Legendary Stunt Awards, retrieved January 7, 2019
  14. ^ Maurice Dwayne Smith, "Cartwheels & Halos: The True Marneen Lynne Fields Story," Filmography, "Rolling with the Punches", "Cold Heat News", May 10, 2018
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Marneen Lynne Fields on iTunes

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