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The lovely, continuously upbeat and iconic All-American mom from the classic Happy Days (1974) TV sitcom had fervent desires of becoming an actress while growing up in her obscure Minnesota town. Born Marian Ross (with an "a") in 1928, she grew up in her native state and, at one time, worked as a teenage au pair in order to earn money for drama ... See full bio »
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 2014 Please Tell Me I'm Adopted! (Video short) (post-production)
Mrs. Grant
 2014 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Olga
- The Bachelors (2014) ... Olga
 2014 A Reason
Aunt Irene Hilgrim
 2014 Instant Mom (TV Series)
Marion Cunningham
- Not Your Mother's Day (2014) ... Marion Cunningham
 2014 Sweet Surrender
Grandma
 2014 The Exes (TV Series)
Pearl
- The Old Man and the Holly (2014) ... Pearl
 2014 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Older Lady
- Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball. (2014) ... Older Lady
 2013 Major Crimes (TV Series)
Pauline Allen
- There's No Place Like Home (2013) ... Pauline Allen
 2013 Anger Management (TV Series)
Dr. Murphy
- Charlie and His New Therapist (2013) ... Dr. Murphy
 2013 The Middle (TV Series)
Ms. Dunlap
- The Graduation (2013) ... Ms. Dunlap
 2013 Heebie Jeebies (TV Movie)
Agnes Whitehead
 2012 Dear Dracula (Video)
Grandma (voice)
 2012 Up All Night (TV Series)
Gammy
- The Proposals (2012) ... Gammy
 2001-2011 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
Grandma SquarePants / Gramma Squarepants / Actress on T.V.
- Barnacle Face/Pet Sitter Pat (2011) ... Gramma Squarepants / Actress on T.V. (voice)
 2011 Keeping Up with the Randalls (TV Movie)
Grandma Dorie
 2011 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Grandma / Determined Grandmother
- Moonlighting (2011) ... Grandma (voice)
- Rampage (2011) ... Determined Grandmother (voice)
 2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV Series)
Grandma Moonbeam
- When the Cicada Calls (2010) ... Grandma Moonbeam (voice)
 2010 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Elderly Nurse
- I Am Not Afraid of Any Ghost (2010) ... Elderly Nurse
 2007-2010 The Boondocks (TV Series)
Mrs. von Hausen
- The Fried Chicken Flu (2010) ... Mrs. von Hausen (voice)
- The S-Word (2008) ... Mrs. von Hausen (voice)
 2010 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Renata Thurber
- Caregiver (2010) ... Renata Thurber
 2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine (TV Series)
Agnes
- The Curious Case of Britney B. (2009) ... Agnes
 2009 Flower Girl (TV Movie)
Rose Durham
 2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Video Game)
Nana (voice)
 2007 Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever (Video)
Annabelle Crow (voice)
 2007 Smiley Face
Shirley
 2007 Music Within
Grandma
 2006 Community Service (TV Movie)
Helen
 2006 Where There's a Will (TV Movie)
Leslie Clyde Onstott
 2006 Out of Practice (TV Series)
Norma
- Model Behavior (2006) ... Norma
 2005 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
 2004 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Ms. Wakefield
- Ms Wakefield (2004) ... Ms. Wakefield (voice)
 1995-2003 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Sophie / Emma
- I Will Walk with You: Part 2 (2003) ... Sophie
- I Will Walk with You: Part 1 (2003) ... Sophie
- The Wind Beneath My Wings (1998) ... Emma
- There But for the Grace of God (1995) ... Sophie
 2001 Ladies and the Champ (TV Movie)
Margaret Smith
 2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Rebecca the Elephant Queen
- Forget Me Not (2000) ... Rebecca the Elephant Queen (voice)
 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
Carol
 1999 Family Law (TV Series)
Mrs.Richardson
- The Nanny (1999) ... Mrs.Richardson
 1999 The Last Best Sunday
Mrs. Larksmont
 1999 Postcards from Heaven (TV Series)
 1998 About Sarah (TV Movie)
Grandma Rose McCaffrey
 1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave (TV Series)
Judy Glacken
- How Long Has This Been Going On? (1998) ... Judy Glacken
 1998 The Lake (TV Movie)
Maggie
 1997 The Third Twin (TV Movie)
Lila Ferrami
 1997 Superman (TV Series)
General Richter
- Speed Demons (1997) ... General Richter (voice)
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Eunice Fadiman
- The Cat (1997) ... Eunice Fadiman
 1979-1996 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Ruth Roberston / Billie Silverman / Mrs. Davies / ...
- Me and My Hormones (1996) ... Ruth Roberston
- Which Mother Is Mine? (1979) ... Lila Dennis
 1996 Promised Land (TV Series)
Lillian Hightower
- The Motel (1996) ... Lillian Hightower
 1996 Hidden in Silence (TV Movie)
Mrs. Diamant
 1996 1914-1918 (TV Mini-Series)
Kathe Kollwitz
- War Without End (1996) ... Kathe Kollwitz (voice)
- Hatred and Hunger (1996) ... Kathe Kollwitz (voice)
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Frances Farnsworth
- Who Killed the King of the Country Club? (1995) ... Frances Farnsworth
 1995 Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart (TV Movie)
Maureen Collier
 1994 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Eggers' Mother
- A Cult to the System (1994) ... Eggers' Mother
 1994 The Boys Are Back (TV Series)
Helen
- The Favorite (1994) ... Helen
 1994 Robin's Hoods (TV Series)
Geraldine
- Kidnapped Boyfriend (1994) ... Geraldine
 1994 Sweet Justice (TV Series)
 1994 A Perfect Stranger (TV Movie)
Charlotte Brandon
 1993 Dream On (TV Series)
Mother Superior
- Silent Night, Holy Cow Part II (1993) ... Mother Superior
 1990 MacGyver (TV Series)
Sister Robin
- Harry's Will (1990) ... Sister Robin
 1989 Living Dolls (TV Series)
Marion
- Beauty and the Beat (1989) ... Marion
- And I Thought Modeling Was Hard (1989) ... Marion
 1989 Sister Kate (TV Series)
Sister Agnes
- The Nun (1989) ... Sister Agnes
 1989 Brothers (TV Series)
Madame Sonya
- The Road Yet Taken (1989) ... Madame Sonya
 1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Margaret Sturdevant
- The Initiation (1987) ... Margaret Sturdevant
 1986 You Again? (TV Series)
Celeste
- Personals (1986) ... Celeste
 1986 You Are the Jury (TV Series)
Dr Eleanor Taub
- The State of Ohio vs. James Wolsky (1986) ... Dr Eleanor Taub
 1985 Glitter (TV Series)
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Nora Wheeler
- Rallying Cry (1985) ... Nora Wheeler
 1981 Midnight Offerings (TV Movie)
Emily Moore
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Natalie Ward
 1979 Survival of Dana (TV Movie)
Madeline
 1978 Pearl (TV Mini-Series)
Ellie North
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Ellie North
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Ellie North
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Ellie North
 1977 Grand Theft Auto
Vivian Hedgeworth
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Mrs. Ross
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... Mrs. Ross
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... Mrs. Ross
 1975-1976 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Janet Williamson / Mary Sloan
- Deadly Journey (1976) ... Janet Williamson
- The Outsiders (1975) ... Mary Sloan
 1973 Emergency! (TV Series)
Margaret
- Inheritance Tax (1973) ... Margaret
 1972-1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson / Dr. Helen Cartwright
- A Question of Fault (1973) ... Mrs. Johnson
- He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos (1972) ... Dr. Helen Cartwright
 1973 Escape (TV Series)
Fran McGowen
- The Wilderness (1973) ... Fran McGowen
 1969-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Muriel Enright / Jean Broderick / Lurene Warinsky
- A Problem of Innocence (1973) ... Muriel Enright
- Wine from These Grapes (1971) ... Jean Broderick
- Return to Summer Grove (1969) ... Lurene Warinsky
 1972 The Weekend Nun (TV Movie)
Mrs. Crowe
 1968-1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Mrs. Bartell / Gloria Bosner / Mrs. Petrizzi
- Buddy, Can You Spare a Life? (1972) ... Mrs. Bartell
- Contract: Kill Ironside (1971) ... Gloria Bosner
- Barbara Who (1968) ... Mrs. Petrizzi
 1971 Honky
Mrs. Divine
 1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Sandy
- Operation: Deadhead (1971) ... Sandy
 1971 Longstreet (TV Series)
Ilene Decker
- Wednesday's Child (1971) ... Ilene Decker
 1969-1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Anita / Edith Lavallo
- Air Cargo - Dial for Murder (1971) ... Anita
- Blind Tiger (1969) ... Edith Lavallo
 1971 Sarge (TV Series)
Joyce Edmonds
- A Push Over the Edge (1971) ... Joyce Edmonds
 1964-1971 Insight (TV Series)
Florence / Ethel Cambridge / Florence Harriman
- Intrusion (1971) ... Florence
- Consider the Zebra (1969) ... Ethel Cambridge
- Seed of Dissent (1967) ... Florence Harriman
 1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- A Ghost Story (1971) ... Mrs. Foster
 1970 The Psychiatrist (TV Series)
Mrs. Pilgrim
- God Bless the Children (Pilot) (1970) ... Mrs. Pilgrim
 1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project
Angela Fields
 1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Louise Johnson
- The Loser (1970) ... Louise Johnson
 1970 Airport
Joan Myers - Passenger (uncredited)
 1969 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Dr. Katherine Porter
- Is There a Doctor in the House? (1969) ... Dr. Katherine Porter
 1969 Any Second Now (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hoyt
 1968 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Miss Wilkins
- Jury of One (1968) ... Miss Wilkins
 1961-1967 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Emma / Martha Sayles
- Halo for a Badman (1967) ... Emma
- Death Ride (1961) ... Martha Sayles
 1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Marian Eckhardt
- Trial by Fire (1965) ... Marian Eckhardt
 1965 Paradise Bay (TV Series)
Mary Morgan
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Miss Bromfield / Nurse Bromfield
- 'A' Is for Anxiety (1964) ... Miss Bromfield
- Fare Thee Well (1964) ... Nurse Bromfield
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Agnes Benjamin
- The Special One (1964) ... Agnes Benjamin
 1963-1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Etta Wheeler / Sister Marcella
- The Henry Bergh Story (1964) ... Etta Wheeler
- The Outlaw and the Nun (1963) ... Sister Marcella
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Stewart
- Is Mr. Martian Coming Back? (1963) ... Mrs. Stewart
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Ann Patterson
- Charlie Wade Makes Lots of Shade (1963) ... Nurse Ann Patterson
 1962-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Nora Belden / Ann O'Neil
- The Stone Guest (1963) ... Nora Belden
- 1800 Days to Justice (1962) ... Ann O'Neil
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Elaine
- Night Panic (1962) ... Elaine
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Pricilla Brewer / Flora
- Gold Fever (1962) ... Pricilla Brewer
- The Woman Trap (1962) ... Flora
 1962 The Detectives (TV Series)
Stacy Newcombe
- Finders Keepers (1962) ... Stacy Newcombe
 1961-1962 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Susan / Susan Green
- High Finance (1962) ... Susan
- The Baby Affair (1961) ... Susan Green
- The First Day (1961)
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Laura Harding
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Mrs. Hughes
- People Need People (1961) ... Mrs. Hughes
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Kay Forrest
- The Prisoner in the Mirror (1961) ... Kay Forrest
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Margaret Cartwright
- House of Violence (1961) ... Margaret Cartwright
 1961 Dante (TV Series)
Meg Landry
- Dante in the Dark (1961) ... Meg Landry
 1961 Blueprint for Robbery
Young Woman
 1960 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Dottie Moll
- We Are the Women Who Wait (1960) ... Dottie Moll
 1954-1960 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Peg Santos / Nurse
- No Margin for Error (1960) ... Peg Santos
- The Count of Ten (1954) ... Nurse
 1960 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
Diane Warren / Susan
- Duet (1960) ... Diane Warren
- An Hour to Kill (1960) ... Susan
 1960 Markham (TV Series)
Doris Holland
- The Snowman (1960) ... Doris Holland
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Ann Bell
- Dark Possession (1960) ... Ann Bell
 1960 The Slowest Gun in the West (TV Movie)
Elsie May Slocum
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Mollie
- Seed of Evil (1960) ... Mollie
 1960 Philip Marlowe (TV Series)
Helen Craig
- You Kill Me (1960) ... Helen Craig
 1960 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Miss Abrams
- Jim's Big Surprise (1960) ... Miss Abrams
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilson
- Sarah's Laughter (1960) ... Mrs. Wilson
 1960 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
- Sweet Charity (1960)
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Vera Schultz
- The Dutch Schultz Story (1959) ... Vera Schultz
 1959 Operation Petticoat
Lt. Colfax RN
 1959 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Miss McGinnis
- Flowers for the Teacher (1959) ... Miss McGinnis
 1959 It Started with a Kiss
Diane (uncredited)
 1959 The Big Circus
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1959 M Squad (TV Series)
Lucy Kerr
- High School Bride (1959) ... Lucy Kerr
 1959 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Helen Harvey
- The Case of the Romantic Rogue (1959) ... Helen Harvey
 1958 Some Came Running
Sister Mary Joseph (uncredited)
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Rita Bradshaw
- Operation Zero Launch (1958) ... Rita Bradshaw
 1958 Buckskin (TV Series)
Rose
- Hunter's Moon (1958) ... Rose
 1958 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Mary Williams
- Peace Bond (1958) ... Mary Williams
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Drucilla
- Jittery Juror (1958) ... Drucilla
 1958 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
June Holloway
- The Walkout (1958) ... June Holloway
 1957 The George Sanders Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Emily Lindry
- You Don't Live Here (1957) ... Emily Lindry
 1957 God Is My Partner
Frances Denning
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Lizzie
Ruth Seaton
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Extra (uncredited)
 1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free
Nita Naldi-type (uncredited)
 1956 Lust for Life
Sister Clothilde (uncredited)
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Joan
 1956 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Edith
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Edith
- Blithe Spirit (1956) ... Edith
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Cathy Hardin
- Millionaire John Hardin (1956) ... Cathy Hardin
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
- Dinner at Eight (1955)
 1954 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Ginny Thorpe
- Texas Draw (1954) ... Ginny Thorpe
 1954 Sabrina
Spiller's Girlfriend (uncredited)
 1954 Pushover
Mrs. Crockett (uncredited)
 1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Dixie the Manicurist
- Gracie Runs for City Council (1954) ... Dixie the Manicurist
 1954 Secret of the Incas
Miss Morris (uncredited)
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
Polly Haynes (uncredited)
 1953 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1953 Forever Female
Patty (as Marian Ross)
 1953 Life with Father (TV Series)
Nora
- Episode #1.1 (1953) ... Nora
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Stage Play: Edwin Booth. Drama. Written by Milton Geiger. Incidental music by Paul Bowles. Scenic Design by Zvi Geyra. Costume Design by Edith Head. Directed by José Ferrer. 46th Street TheatreL 24 Nov 1958- 13 Dec 1958 (24 performances). Cast: José Ferrer (as "Edwin Booth"), Lorne Greene (as "William Winter"), Ian Keith (as "Junius Brutus... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Marian Ross

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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In those days, you would walk into the dining room at Paramount and there were all of these big portraits of all these big movie stars on the wall. Around the corner was Cecil B. DeMille. The dining room was filled with big movie stars. It's all gone now. See more »

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Red hair and blue eyes

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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