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
Spouse(s)Beau Flynn (m. 2001)
ChildrenWest Flynn
Rubi Jeanne Flynn
RelativesSamantha Shelton (sister)
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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
Spouse(s)Beau Flynn (m. 2001)
ChildrenWest Flynn
Rubi Jeanne Flynn
RelativesSamantha Shelton (sister)

Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress. She made her film debut in a brief appearance in Grand Canyon (1991), and was later cast in motion pictures such as The Sandlot (1993), Nixon (1995), Warriors of Virtue, and Trojan War (1997). Shelton subsequently had supporting roles in the comedies Pleasantville (1998) and Never Been Kissed (1999). Her first starring roles came in 2001 with the black comedy Sugar & Spice and the slasher film Valentine. Thoughtout the 2000s, she made appearances in Uptown Girls (2003), Sin City (2005), The Last Kiss (2006), and most notably, Grindhouse (2007). Shelton has recently starred in the sequel Scream 4 (2011) and played a supporting character in the indie Decoding Annie Parker (2014). She is the main star in the Lifetime supernatural-thriller The Lottery, airing since July 2014.

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] She is the second of four children; her sisters are Karen, Erin and Samantha Shelton (who is also an actress and a musician).[2][3] 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 adventure film Warriors of Virtue.[4] She dated actor Nicholas Brendon during her time in school. He was her prom date and bought Shelton 100 roses, wore a tux and drove a black convertible Mustang to impress her. She reportedly said later that he "totally did it right".[5][6][7]



Shelton began acting in her late teens, and appeared in several television movies and films throughout the 1990s.[8] She got her first film role as Roberto's girlfriend at camp in Grand Canyon.[9] After that role, she appeared in the 1993 film, The Sandlot, playing the lifeguard, Wendy Peffercorn.[10][11] The movie received a mixed feedback from critics and writers[12][13][14] and, budgeted at $7 million, became a moderate box office success with a worldwide gross of over $33 million.[15] In 1995, Shelton appeared in a supporting role, as former President Nixon's adult daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, in Oliver Stone's acclaimed film Nixon.[16] That same year, she guest appeared in the television series Cybill episode "The Big Sleep-Over".[17] Shelton next co-starred alongside Lynda Carter in When Friendship Kills (1996), a made-for-television film about anorexia nervosa among teens.[18] She appeared opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the romantic comedy Trojan War (1997), a box office bomb.[19][20] Shelton landed a role in 1997's fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, as Princess Elysia.[21] The movie was not screened from critics and failed at the box office.[22][23] James Berardinelli gave the film a negative review, however, stated that her character is "the only one in the film that we develop any real interest in, and the script, apparently unable to deal with a personality having the potential to display more than one dimension, discards her perfunctorily and inelegantly".[24]

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.[25] Though the movie was not a commercial success, it received a extremely positive reaction from film critics. [26][27] 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.[28] Never Been Kissed was a romantic comedy co-starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette that opened to favorable reviews. [29]The Bachelor was another comedy in which Renee Zellweger co-starred. The movie received mainly negative reviews and grossed $36 million on a production budget of $51 million.[30][31] Despite the unfavorable reaction, Shelton received praise from critic Dustin Putman who wrote in his review that she "gives the only likable supporting performance".[32] She also played one of the lead characters alongside Dennis Hopper in the independent drama Lured Innocence.


Shelton got her first starring role in the dark comedy Sugar & Spice, which premiered in early 2001. The motion picture was a commercial failure. [33] One week after the film opened, Valentine, another proyect co-starring Shelton, was released.[34][35] In the slasher movie, Denise Richards and David Boreanaz also appeared. Valentine was largely panned,[36] and grossed $36 million worldwide, just recouping its production budget of $29 million.[37] Her final film of 2001 was Bubble Boy, another dark comedy. She appeared with Jake Gyllenhaal. Although the film gained negative reviews, Shelton got a positive note from Robin Clifford for Reeling Reviews who called her performance "charming".[38]

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. She then made a brief appearance in the opening secuence of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City. The neo-noir thriller premiered to generally favorable reviews and was a major box office success with a worldwide gross of over $158 million.[39][40][41] She also provided the voice for a guest appearance as Betsy in the American Dad! episode "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man".[42] 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 appeared playing supporting characters in the 2006 films American Dreamz and The Last Kiss.[43]

Shelton at Flaunt Magazine's 9th Anniversary Bash and Holiday Toy Drive, in October 2007.

Shelton gained recognition for appearing in 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).[44] After the release of the double feature, ticket sales performed significantly below box office analysts' expectations despite mostly positive critic reviews.[45][46][47] In a interview with website Slice of SciFi, she admitted taking inspiration for her character from the actresses that usually starred in Alfred Hitchcock's movies: "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."[48] Shelton stated she was drawn to appear in the movie because of her appreciation for suspense: "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."[49]

Shelton had appearances in The Fifth Patient, an independent thriller, and 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.[50] The show began airing to mixed reviews.[51] However, Shelton received negative notes for her portrayal; while Robert Bianco wrote for USA Today that she has "no character to play at all, or at least none that stays consistent between the two episodes made available for review", Chicago Tribune remarked that her performance was "much less interesting" than co-star Rufus Sewell's and that whenever her character "opens her mouth, the show’s flaws come into sharp relief".[52][53] The series was canceled after one season, on May 19, 2009, due to its inability to hold the CSI audience lead-in.[54][55]

In 2009, Shelton had a minor role opposite Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant in the psychological thriller A Perfect Getaway, a minor box office success.[56] That year, Shelton landed the role of Madeleine Gray, a trendy New York art gallery owner in the independent comedy (Untitled).[57] During an interview with Los Angeles Times, 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."[58] (Untitled) received a very limited release on three theaters in October 2009, going on to perform moderately good at the box office and to open to favorable reviews.[59][60] Shelton's part drew largely positive reactions from writers; John Hartl of Seattle Times observed 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".[61] Stephen Holden wrote for The New York Times that she "gives a bright screwball performance that recalls the frisky young Diane Keaton",[62] and Roger Ebert stated in his website that Shelton "has the confidence and presence of a born comedienne".[63] Women in Trouble was released theatrically the following month. In the film, Shelton portrayed the character of Cora, a flight attendant. The movie also was given a limited release and received mixed feedback from critics and audiences alike. [64][65] Her part got favorable notes by Tyler Foster for DVD Talk who stated that Shelton makes a "brief impact" as her character,[66] and the website said that she, alonside co-star Adrianne Palicki "offer some solidly heartfelt performances".[67]


Shelton reprised the role of Cora in the sequel, called Elektra Luxx, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in early 2010.[68] As its predecessor, the movie received mixed reviews and made little interest on its limited release.[69][70] 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.[71][72][73] Some critics praised Shelton, include Matthew Turner for View London, who stated that she turned in an "enjoyably weird performance".[74] The movie gained moslty positive reviews and although it was not as successful as its prodecessors Scream 4 became a modest profit with a worldwide gross of $97 million over a budget of $40 million.[75] The Mighty Macs, an indie comedy in which Shelton appeared with Carla Gugino, was released theatrically in October 2011, more than three years after it was filmed, due to the difficulties of finding a distributor.[76] The movie had a mixed reaction but Shelton's performance received positive comments from a number of critics;[77] Nell Minow, pointing out a specific scene in the movie, remarked that she "shows us how the sister’s faith supports her strength and integrity" [78] and Tony Medley wrote for the Tolucan Times that the performances of the entire cast "shine".[79] She also had guest-roles in episodes of Harry's Law and Mad Men, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.[80][81][82][83][84]

Shelton had a supporting role in the independent drama Decoding Annie Parker, co-starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, which tells the story of Annie Parker and the almost discovery of the cure for cancer. The film opened in selected theaters in May 2014, and simultaneously was released on video-on-demand.[85][86] The movie gained mixed reviews but the cast was acclaimed.[87][88] Shelton is now playing the lead character of Dr. Allison Lennon in the Lifetime TV series The Lottery.[89] The show began airing on July 20, 2014,[90] and premiered to 1.1 million viewers, what dubbed "OK" ratings.[91] As the show is is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children due to an infertility pandemic, Shelton stated in a interview with website Zap2it that she did research to appear in The Lottery: "The main thing I did was read biographies of women in the medical and science fields. That was very enlightening in terms of understanding how much harder women in those professions have to work in order just to be heard, to be noticed. It helped me understand why Alison is so protective of her work and why it consumes her to such a degree. Her gender puts her at a disadvantage".[92] She is set to appear with Anthony Hopkins in Solace, scheduled to be released in late 2014.[93][94][95]

Personal life[edit]

Shelton met film producer Beau Flynn on the set of Bubble Boy in 2000 and married him in July 2001. Their first daughter, West Flynn, was born on September 6, 2009.[96][97][98][99] She later recalled in an interview that they had chosen the name much before their child was born: “My husband actually dreamed seven years ago that we had a daughter, and he was calling her West. I immediately said, "If we ever have a daughter, we’re definitely naming her that"".[100][101] Ruby Jeanne, their second daughter, was born on May 1, 2012.[102][103][104] When she is not acting, Shelton enjoys travelling, and has visited countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa.[105] She also practices a regimen of yoga and pilates.[105][106]

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.[107][108][109] 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
2005Sin CityThe Customer
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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