Marley Shelton

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Marley Shelton
Marley Shelton.jpg
Shelton at the Austin premiere of Grindhouse, March 2006.
BornMarley Eve Shelton
(1974-04-12) April 12, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s)Beau Flynn (m. 2001)
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Marley Shelton
Marley Shelton.jpg
Shelton at the Austin premiere of Grindhouse, March 2006.
BornMarley Eve Shelton
(1974-04-12) April 12, 1974 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s)Beau Flynn (m. 2001)

Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress.

Shelton began her acting career in her late teens, and appeared in several 1990s television movies and shows. She made her film debut in Grand Canyon (1991), and was cast in the films The Sandlot (1993), Nixon (1995), Warriors of Virtue, and Trojan War (1997). Shelton subsequently appeared in Pleasantville (1998) and Never Been Kissed (1999).

In 2001, Shelton got her first starring role in the black comedy Sugar & Spice, and appeared as one of the main characters in the teen horror film Valentine. Shelton then appeared in supporting roles in the films Uptown Girls (2003), Sin City (2005), and The Last Kiss (2006). After being cast in a significant role in Grindhouse (2007), she received the lead role in the CBS show Eleventh Hour. In 2009, Shelton starred in A Perfect Getaway and (Untitled), and subsequently had a role in Scream 4 (2011).

Early life[edit]

Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Carol (née Stromme), a teacher and former singer, and Christopher Shelton, a director and producer.[1] Her younger sister is actress and singer Samantha Shelton. She grew up in the residential neighborhood of Eagle Rock, where she attended Eagle Rock High School. Shelton attended University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Film and Theatre, but dropped out when she got a role in the kung-fu kiddie film Warriors of Virtue.[2]


Early career, 1990–1997[edit]

Shelton began acting in her late teens, and appeared in several television movies and films throughout the 1990s. She got her first film role as Roberto's girlfriend at camp in Grand Canyon. After that role, she appeared in the 1993 film, The Sandlot, playing the lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn. In 1995, Shelton appeared in a supporting role, as former President Nixon's adult daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, in Oliver Stone's Nixon. That same year, she guest appeared in the television series Cybill episode "The Big Sleep-Over".

Shelton next co-starred alongside Lynda Carter in When Friendship Kills (1996), a made-for-television film about anorexia nervosa among teens. She appeared opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in one of all times biggest budget flops with ticket sales of only $307 US, romantic comedy Trojan War(1997).[3] Shelton landed a role in 1997's fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, as Princess Elysia.

Career transition, 1998–2008[edit]

Her first major role came in 1998 with the fantasy comedy Pleasantville, in which she portrayed Margaret, the love interest of Tobey Maguire's character.[4] This role was followed by a number of other appearances in films aimed at a teenage audience, including her role as a member of a snobby high school clique in 1999's Never Been Kissed and The Bachelor. Lured Innocence, an independent drama, was starring Shelton and Dennis Hopper. In 2001, Shelton appeared in the horror film Valentine, alongside Denise Richards and David Boreanaz. The film was largely panned,[5] but was a moderate success at the box office, grossing over $36 million worldwide.[6] She also had her first starring role on screen in the black comedy film Sugar & Spice, and appeared in Bubble Boy, a comedy film co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

In the following few years, Shelton appeared in a variety of independent films, including Just a Kiss, Dallas 362, Grand Theft Parsons, and Moving Alan – directed by her father and starring her sister. Shelton had a small role as "The Customer" in the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City. Shelton provided the voice for a guest appearance as Betsy in the American Dad! episode "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man". She was also originally cast in the role of Annabeth Schott on the television series, The West Wing, but the role was eventually played by Kristin Chenoweth. She had supporting roles in the 2006 films American Dreamz and The Last Kiss.[7]

Shelton played a lead role as Dr. Dakota Block in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino-directed film Grindhouse, appearing in both of the film's segments as the same character (a cameo in Tarantino's segment, and a starring role in Rodriguez's).[8] She explained about her character: "I referenced the classic Hitchcock ice queen blonde, like Tippi Hedren, for the beginning just as a starting place, and then obviously she devolves as she evolve."[9] Shelton spoke about her own obsessions that attracted her back to horror genre with Grindhouse, saying "Personally as an actor I am obsessed with suspense and what creates it. I have studied suspense and I love the old Hitchcock films for that reason. I was really delighted to be in the hands of two masters of their craft, both Robert and Quentin, playing with the ideas of building suspense."[10]

Shelton starred in The Fifth Patient, an independent thriller, in which she played the character Helen. The following year, she portrayed a minor role in the biopic film about George W. Bush, W., directed by Oliver Stone. In October 2008, CBS's Eleventh Hour, based on the British TV series of the same name, premiered with Shelton appearing as FBI Special Agent Rachel Young of the executive protection detail.[11] The show, however, was canceled after one season.[12]

Recent projects, 2009–present[edit]

In 2009, Shelton appeared opposite Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant in A Perfect Getaway. That year, Shelton landed the role of Madeleine Gray, a trendy New York art gallery owner in the independent comedy (Untitled).[13] Shelton explained her role in the film: "There's a purity to her. As driven as she is to find the 'get,' the next hot commodity, she also has a pure passion for art."[14] (Untitled) received favorable reviews,[15] with John Hartl of Seattle Times writing that "Shelton is perfect as the energized heroine. Ruthless, smart but pretentiously wrongheaded, she's the kind of culture vulture we haven't seen before."[16]

Women in Trouble was released theatrically the following month. In the film, Shelton portrayed the character of Cora, a flight attendant. She reprised her character in the sequel Elektra Luxx, which was released in 2010. Shelton appeared alongside Carla Gugino again in The Mighty Macs, a low-budget drama which is also known as Our Lady of Victory.

On July 1, 2010, it was announced that Shelton was cast in the role of Deputy Judy Hicks in the Wes Craven film Scream 4, a role Lake Bell previously held.[17][18][19] Some critics praised Shelton, include Matthew Turner for View London, who stated that she turned in an "enjoyably weird performance".[20]

Personal life[edit]

Shelton currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband, film producer Beau Flynn, whom she married in July 2001. The couple have 2 daughters: West, born September 6, 2009 and Ruby Jeanne, born May 1, 2012.[21][22][23][24][25]

When she is not acting, Shelton enjoys travelling, and has visited countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa.[26] She also practices a regimen of yoga and pilates.[26][27]

On April 30, 2010, Shelton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was released the next day after posting $5,000 bond.[28][29][30] On May 21, 2010, Shelton pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $240 plus penalties.[citation needed]



1991Grand CanyonAmanda
1993Sandlot, TheThe SandlotWendy Peffercorn
1995NixonTricia Nixon Cox
1997Warriors of VirtueElysia
1997Trojan WarBrooke Kingsley
1998PleasantvilleMargaret Henderson
1999Never Been KissedKristin
1999Bachelor, TheThe BachelorNatalie Arden
1999Protect-O-ManPaige Turner
2000Lured InnocenceElsie Townsend
2001Sugar & SpiceDiane Weston
2001ValentineKate Davies
2001Bubble BoyChloe
2001On the BorderlineNicky
2002Just a KissRebecca
2003Moving AlanMelissa Kennard
2003Dallas 362Amanda
2003Uptown GirlsIngrid
2003Grand Theft ParsonsSusie
2004Old Man and the Studio, TheThe Old Man and the StudioKaitlynShort film
2005Don't Come KnockingStarlet
2006American DreamzJessica
2006Jesus, Mary and JoeyMary O'Callahan
2006Last Kiss, TheThe Last KissArianna
2007Death ProofDr. Dakota Block-McGraw
2007Fifth Patient, TheThe Fifth PatientHelen
2007Planet TerrorDr. Dakota Block
2009(Untitled)Madeleine Gray
2009Women in TroubleCora
2009Perfect Getaway, AA Perfect GetawayCleo
2009Mighty Macs, TheThe Mighty MacsSister Sunday
2010Elektra LuxxCora
2011Scream 4Deputy Judy Hicks
2013Decoding Annie ParkerJoan Parker
2013MediationVictoria LindoShort film


1990Family Man, TheThe Family ManHeatherEpisode: "Torn Between Two Brothers"
1992Up to No GoodDenise HarmonTV film
1992Family MattersBecky SueEpisode: "Woman of the People"
1992Bodies of EvidenceJulie BelmontEpisode: "The Edge"
1992Camp WilderJenniferEpisode: "Sophie's Birthday"
1992CrossroadsKatie StahlEpisode: "Freedom of the Road"
1992Great Scott!AllisonEpisode: "Pyrrhic Lyric"
1993Ambush in Waco: In the Line of DutyLauraTV film
1993Angel FallsBrandi DareTV series
1994Dead at 21Keri SullivanEpisode: "Love Minus Zero"
1994McKennaHeatherEpisode: "Splendor in the McKenna Grass"
1994Friend to Die For, AA Friend to Die ForJamie HallTV film
1994Take Me Home AgainLisaTV film
1995CybillJanEpisode: "The Big Sleep-Over"
1996When Friendship KillsJennifer HarnsbergerTV film
1998Fantasy IslandJaneEpisode: "Pilot"
2004Karen SiscoMolly LucasEpisode: "Dog Day Sisco"
2005American Dad!Betsy White (voice)Episode: "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"
2005Dark ShadowsVictoria WintersUnsold TV pilot
2008-2009Eleventh HourRachel YoungMain role (18 episodes)
2011Harry's LawTammy BenoitEpisode: "Bad to Worse"
2013Mad MenKateEpisode: "To Have and to Hold"
2014The LotteryDr. Alison LennonLead role


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