Marion Ross

Highest Rated: 100% Lust for Life (1956)
Lowest Rated: 17% Superhero Movie (2008)
Birthday: Oct 25, 1928
Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA
Marian Ross dreamed of stardom from childhood, going so far as to change the spelling of her first name to Marion because she thought it would look nicer on a marquee. When her family moved from Minnesota to California, the 16-year-old aspiring actress plunged into the busy world of amateur theatricals in the San Diego area. She was voted Outstanding Actress at San Diego State University in 1950, then went on to work at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse. Mel Ferrer, La Jolla's resident director, recommended that Ross try her luck in Hollywood. She worked steadily in TV and films from 1953 onward, but stardom was still outside her reach. Ross played a succession of maids, nuns, nurses, and that nebulous classification, the Heroine's Best Friend. She showed up in small roles in such films as Forever Female (1953), Lust for Life (1955), and Operation Petticoat (1959), earning the respect of her fellow workers but very little in the way of public recognition. "I've always had a way of not attracting attention," she would note with resignation later in life. On television, Marion played unstressed recurring roles on such series as Life with Father, Mrs. G Goes to College and Mr. Novak. She finally achieved stardom as Marion Cunningham, mother of 1950s high-schooler Richie Cunningham, on the weekly sitcom Happy Days. What started out as a shaky midseason replacement in January of 1974 ended up ABC's number-one hit; Ross hitched her wagon to the ever-rising Happy Days star until its final episode in 1983. During this period, she reactivated her stage career, with considerably more success than she'd enjoyed in the 1950s. Ross' post-Happy Days TV gigs included a 1986 guest shot as the new bride of Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) on The Love Boat and the brief 1989 series Living Dolls. In 1991, Marion Ross earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of archetypal Jewish mother Sophie Berger on the TV "dramedy" Brooklyn Bridge. In the decades to come, Ross would find ongoing success with recurring roles on TV series like The Drew Carey Show and Gilmore Girls, as well as providing voice acting for animated series such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Handy Manny.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Angels on Tap Actor 2018
No Score Yet A Reason Actor $5.3K 2015
No Score Yet Sweet Surrender Grandma 2014
No Score Yet A Perfect Christmas List Evie 2014
No Score Yet Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas Actor 2014
No Score Yet Heebie Jeebies Agnes Whitehead 2013
No Score Yet Dear Dracula Actor 2012
No Score Yet Keeping Up With The Randalls Actor 2011
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Hilda Trowburg 2010
No Score Yet Flower Girl Rose Dumont 2009
17% Superhero Movie Aunt Lucille Adams $25.9M 2008
66% Smiley Face Shirley 2007
No Score Yet Where There's a Will Leslie Clyde Onstott 2006
23% Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Herself $22.8M 2003
No Score Yet The Last Best Sunday Mrs. Larksmont 1999
No Score Yet About Sarah Rose 1998
No Score Yet Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin' Lila Ferrami 1997
22% The Evening Star Rosie Dunlop 1996
No Score Yet Hidden in Silence Mrs. Diamant 1996
No Score Yet Just Like Us Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Survival of Dana Actor 1979
23% Grand Theft Auto Vivian Hedgeworth 1977
No Score Yet Honky Mrs. Divine 1971
88% Colossus: The Forbin Project Angela Fields 1970
No Score Yet Blueprint for Robbery Young Woman 1961
82% Some Came Running Sister Mary Joseph 1959
85% Operation Petticoat Lt. Ruth Colfax 1959
83% Teacher's Pet Katy Fuller 1958
No Score Yet Lizzie Ruth Seaton 1958
No Score Yet Steve Canyon Actor 1958
100% Lust for Life Sister Clothilde 1956
91% Sabrina Spiller's Girl 1954
80% Pushover Young Woman 1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Miss Morris (uncredited) 1954
No Score Yet Forever Female Patty 1954
88% The Glenn Miller Story Polly Haynes 1953

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015-2017
Edna
  • 2016
75% Chasing Life
2014-2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Exes
2011-2015
  • 2014
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Margaret
  • 2014
23% Anger Management
2012
Dr. Murphy
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
Ms. Dunlap
  • 2013
No Score Yet Major Crimes
2012-2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Children's Hospital
2010-2016
  • 2010
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Betty
  • 2010
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
Renata
  • 2010
48% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Voice
  • 2010
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Ida Holden
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
Agnes
  • 2009
No Score Yet Out of Practice
2005-2006
Norma
  • 2006
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2005
81% Gilmore Girls
2000-2016
Lorelai `Trix' Gilmore Trix "Gran" Gilmore Marilyn
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Beulah Carey Beulah Mrs. Carey
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
1998-2004
Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Red's Mother Grandma
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
  • 1997
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Mrs. Daley
  • 1989
No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Marion Cunningham
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Mrs. Foster
  • 1971
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
Dr. Porter
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Marian Eckhardt
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Priscilla
  • 1962

QUOTES FROM Marion Ross CHARACTERS