Marion Ross



  • Birth Name: Marian Ross
  • Birth Place: Albert Lea, MN
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/25/1928, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Marion Ross Fast Facts:
  • An aspiring actress at 13, she changed the spelling of her first name from "Marian" to "Marion" because she thought it might look better on a marquee.  
  • First acting job was at California's La Jolla Playhouse, where she worked under the tutelage of director Mel Ferrer. 
  • Named San Diego State University's Most Outstanding Actress while attending school there. 
  • Made her TV debut in 1953, playing an Irish maid in the comedy Life With Father; also made her big-screen debut that year in the comedy Forever Female.
  • First Broadway appearance was as Asia Booth in a 1958 production of Edwin Booth
  • Star-making role of Marion Cunningham on Happy Days was spun-off from an appearance in a 1972 episode of Love American Style.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001.
  • Marion Ross Relationships:
  • Jim Meskimen - Son
  • Ellen Plummer - Daughter
  • Paul Michael - Significant Other
  • Ellen - Mother
  • Gordon - Father
  • Freeman Meskimen - Ex-husband
  • Alicia Erikson - Sister
  • Marion Ross Awards:
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Nominee
  • 1984 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (Drama, 1950)

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