Born: April 12, 1974
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American actress. She made her film debut in Grand Canyon (1991), and followed with a line of roles in films aimed at teenage audiences, including The Sandlot (1993), Pleasantville (1998), Never Been Kissed (1999), Sugar & Spice (2001) and Valentine (2001). Shelton has found larger recognition for her appearances in Sin City (2005), Grindhouse (2007) and Scream 4 (2011), and has also starred in numerous independent films throughout her career, including Just a Kiss (2002), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Women in Trouble (2009), (Untitled) (2009), Elektra Luxx (2010), The Mighty Macs (2011), and Decoding Annie Parker (2014). She recently starred in the short-lived Lifetime show The Lottery (2014).
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. She is the second of four children; her sisters are Koren, Erin and Samantha Shelton (who is also an actress and a musician). 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. She studied with acting coach Larry Moss and also with Robert Carnegie, while supporting her career through mainly small parts in film and television in the early 1990s. Despite this, Shelton dropped out when she was cast in a leading role in the adventure film Warriors of Virtue.
She made her on-screen debut as Roberto's girlfriend at camp in Grand Canyon. She subsequently appeared in 1992's television movie Up to No Good playing Denise Harmon, and had several guest-appearances in episodes of shows such as Family Matters, Camp Wilder and Crossroads. Shelton found her profile raised significantly when she appeared in the 1993 film The Sandlot, playing the lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn. The movie received mixed feedback from critics and writers and, budgeted at US$7 million, was a box office success with a worldwide gross of over US$33 million. It has since developed a cult following.
In 1994, she had a supporting part in Hercules in the Underworld, the fourth made-for-television movie in the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The following year, she was cast in a minor role, as former President Nixon's adult daughter Tricia Nixon Cox, in Oliver Stone's acclaimed film Nixon, and 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.
1997 saw Shelton appear in the romantic comedy Trojan War, opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, and in the fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, as Princess Elysia. Both films rated poorly with reviewers and failed to attract the audiences, but James Berardinelli singled out Shelton for her performance in Warrior of Vitue, writing 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".
A major film role came in 1998 with the fantasy comedy Pleasantville, in which she portrayed Margaret, the love interest of Tobey Maguire's character. The movie did not find a wide audience in theaters, but received an extremely positive reaction from critics. 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 sleeper hit Never Been Kissed, a romantic comedy co-starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette.
She appeared in another romantic comedy in 1999, which was The Bachelor, playing the sister of Renee Zellweger's character. A lukewarm commercial and critical reception greeted the film upon its release, but critic Dustin Putman stated that she "gives the only likable supporting performance". She also played one of the lead characters alongside Dennis Hopper in the independent drama Lured Innocence, and was cast by her father in the short Protect-O-Man, a black comedy released in 1999 about "an agoraphobic whose disorder is augmented by a stalker on the prowl in her neighborhood", as described by Cinema Review.
Shelton took on significant roles in three feature films in 2001. She obtained her first leading part in the teen crime dark comedy Sugar & Spice, directed by Francine McDougall and co-starring Marla Sokoloff, Melissa George and Mena Suvari. She played Diane Weston, the head of a group of high school cheerleaders who conspire and commit armed robbery. The film garnered negative reviews and bombed commercially in theaters, but became somewhat of a cult favorite afterwards. Despite critical reviews, Variety magazine found Shelton to be "good" as "the ridiculously peppy but still smart Diane", and Brian Orndorf wrote for Film Fodder: "The star who emerges from Spice unscathed is Marley Shelton. She achieves the unthinkable with this script by managing to create somewhat of a character for herself. A clear-eyed beauty, Shelton steals the film away from the sizable cast. She emerges as the only thing to recommend in the muddled and compromised Sugar & Spice."
In the slasher thriller Valentine, Shelton appeared opposite Denise Richards as friends who are being stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day. Released one week after Sugar and Spice, the film grossed a modest US$36 million worldwide and was largely panned by critics, but Mick LaSalle for San Francisco Chronicle felt that the lead actors were "vivid, and the characters they play are clearly delineated", while he pointed out Shelton for having a "nice gravity" portraying her role. Her final film of 2001 was the dark comedy Bubble Boy, where she had the role of Jake Gyllenhaal's love interest. As Shelton's previous projects in the year, the film bombed with critics and audiences, but she was considered a stand-out; Robin Clifford for Reeling Reviews found her to be "charming" in her role.
After focusing on studio features, Shelton appeared in a variety of independent films during the early 2000s; she portrayed a troubled modern dancer in Just a Kiss (2002), a dark comedy co-starring Kyra Sedgwick and Marisa Tomei, and followed with supporting parts in 2003's features Dallas 362 and Grand Theft Parsons, and a starring role in the low-budget drama Moving Alan - directed by her father and in which her sister also appeared. In 2005, Shelton made a brief but notable appearance in the opening sequence of Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City. The neo-noir thriller earned critical acclaim and grossed US$158 million worldwide. She had supporting characters in the 2006 films American Dreamz and The Last Kiss.
Shelton found larger attention for appearing in the lead role of Dr. Dakota Block in the Robert Rodriguez—Quentin Tarantino horror film double feature Grindhouse, appearing in both of the film's segments (a cameo in Tarantino's segment, and a starring role in Rodriguez's). Delighted to work on "playing with the ideas of building suspense" with Rodriguez and Tarantino, who she described as "masters of their craft", she based her character on the female leads in Alfred Hitchcock's movies, specifically Tippi Hedren. The picture's ticket sales were significantly below box office analysts' expectations despite largely positive critic reviews.
In 2008, Shelton had a brief appearance in the biopic film about George W. Bush, W., directed by Oliver Stone, and took on her first full-time television role in CBS's Eleventh Hour, appearing as FBI Special Agent Rachel Young of the executive protection detail. The show earned mixed reviews, but Shelton received negative notes for her portrayal; 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", while 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". The series was canceled after one season due to its inability to hold the CSI audience lead-in.
In 2009, Shelton had a supporting part opposite Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant in the psychological thriller A Perfect Getaway, and landed the leading role of Madeleine Gray, a trendy New York art gallery owner in the independent comedy (Untitled). On her role in (Untitled), she described it during an interview with Los Angeles Times: "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." The film received a very limited release in the US, to a positive critical reception. Roger Ebert remarked that Shelton "has the confidence and presence of a born comedienne", and writing for The New York Times, Stephen Holden stated that she "gives a bright screwball performance that recalls the frisky young Diane Keaton".
Her final 2009 film release was the independent ensemble comedy Women in Trouble, revolving around a group of several women in Los Angeles as their lives interconnect in the course of one day. Shelton portrayed a flight attendant named Cora in the film, which was directed by Sebastian Gutierrez and also starred Carla Gugino, Adrianne Palicki and Connie Britton. It had a limited theatrical release and received an overall mixed reception. Joe Neumaier for the New York Daily News considered the film to be a "forced, charmless multi-character ", but Tyler Foster for DVD Talk felt that Shelton made a "brief impact" in her role.
Shelton reprised her Women in Trouble role for the sequel, Elektra Luxx, which premiered in 2010. Like its predecessor, the movie received a limited release in theaters, to a mixed response, but Los Angeles Times called it "a rambunctious affection for women and appreciation for flamboyant production design". Shelton next replaced Lake Bell in the role of Deputy Judy Hicks in the Wes Craven slasher sequel Scream 4. The film made US$97 million globally and garnered largely mixed reviews from critics; Matthew Turner for View London remarked that Shelton turned in an "enjoyably weird performance".
In the independent sport drama The Mighty Macs, Shelton reunited with Carla Gugino, taking on the role of Sister Sunday, a nun of Immaculata University and the assistant coach of Cathy Rush. The film was released in theaters in October 2011, more than three years after it was filmed, due to the difficulties of finding a distributor. It had a mixed critical and commercial reception, but reviewer Nell Minow, praised Shelton, writing that she "shows us how the sister’s faith supports her strength and integrity". She also had guest-roles in episodes of Harry's Law and Mad Men, in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Shelton had a supporting role in the independent drama Decoding Annie Parker, co-starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, which tells the story of the titular character and the almost discovery of the cure for cancer. Shelton played Parker's sister. The film premiered in May 2014 for selected theaters video-on-demand, garnering mixed reviews. Also in 2014, Shelton played lead character of Dr. Allison Lennon in the Lifetime television series The Lottery, set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children due to an infertility pandemic. The show premiered in July 2014, to what Deadline.com dubbed "OK" ratings, but as a result of decline in subsequent viewership, Lifetime announced the cancellation of the series, after one season.
She appeared opposite Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell in the psychological thriller Solace, playing the wife of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character. Filmed in 2013, Solace was released in most international markets throughout 2015 and 2016, grossing US$22 million, but due to financial problems at Relativity Media, the movie had a delayed premiere date in the US and did not arrive in theaters until December 2016. In the same month, Shelton-starred family made-for-television film Heaven Sent premiered on Lifetime. The film saw her star with Christian Kane portraying a couple on the verge of divorce while an eight-year-old runaway from heaven comes to save their relationship. In March 2017, NBC announced she will appear in the cast of their new drama series, 'Drama High', later renamed 'Rise'.
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". While asked about her during a June 2014 talk with website Interviewly.com, Brendon described Shelton as "amazing, as she is today".
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. 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'". Ruby Jeanne, their second daughter, was born on May 1, 2012. When she is not acting, Shelton enjoys travelling, and has visited countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa. She also practices a regimen of yoga and pilates.
On April 30, 2010, Shelton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. She was released the next day after posting a $5,000 bond. On May 21, 2010, Shelton pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $240 plus penalties.
|1993||Sandlot, TheThe Sandlot||Wendy Peffercorn|
|1994||in the Underworld, HerculesHercules in the Underworld||Iole|
|1995||Nixon||Tricia Nixon Cox|
|1997||Warriors of Virtue||Elysia|
|1997||Trojan War||Brooke Kingsley|
|1999||Never Been Kissed||Kristin|
|1999||Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor||Natalie Arden|
|2000||Lured Innocence||Elsie Townsend|
|2001||Sugar & Spice||Diane Weston|
|2001||On the Borderline||Nicky|
|2002||Just a Kiss||Rebecca||Limited release|
|2003||Moving Alan||Melissa Kennard||Limited release|
|2003||Dallas 362||Amanda||Limited release|
|2003||Grand Theft Parsons||Susie||Limited release|
|2004||Old Man and the Studio, TheThe Old Man and the Studio||Kaitlyn||Short film|
|2005||Don't Come Knocking||Starlet||Limited release|
|2005||Sin City||The Customer|
|2006||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Mary O'Callahan||Straight-to-video|
|2006||Last Kiss, TheThe Last Kiss||Arianna|
|2007||Death Proof||Dr. Dakota Block|
|2007||Planet Terror||Dr. Dakota Block|
|2007||Fifth Patient, TheThe Fifth Patient||Helen||Straight-to-video|
|2009||Perfect Getaway, AA Perfect Getaway||Cleo|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Cora||Limited release|
|2009||(Untitled)||Madeleine Gray||Limited release|
|2010||Elektra Luxx||Cora||Limited release|
|2011||Scream 4||Deputy Judy Hicks|
|2011||Mighty Macs, TheThe Mighty Macs||Sister Sunday|
|2014||Mediation||Victoria Lindo||Short film|
|2014||Decoding Annie Parker||Joan Parker||Limited release|
|2015||Solace||Laura Merriweather||VOD and limited release|
|1990||Family Man, TheThe Family Man||Heather||Episode: "Torn Between Two Brothers"|
|1992||Up to No Good||Denise Harmon||TV film|
|1992||Family Matters||Becky Sue||Episode: "Woman of the People"|
|1992||Bodies of Evidence||Julie Belmont||Episode: "The Edge"|
|1992||Camp Wilder||Jennifer||Episode: "Sophie's Birthday"|
|1992||Crossroads||Katie Stahl||Episode: "Freedom of the Road"|
|1992||Great Scott!||Allison||Episode: "Pyrrhic Lyric"|
|1993||In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco||Laura||TV film|
|1993||Angel Falls||Brandi Dare||TV series|
|1994||Dead at 21||Keri Sullivan||Episode: "Love Minus Zero"|
|1994||McKenna||Heather||Episode: "Splendor in the McKenna Grass"|
|1994||Friend to Die For, AA Friend to Die For||Jamie Hall||TV film|
|1994||Take Me Home Again||Lisa||TV film|
|1995||Cybill||Jan||Episode: "The Big Sleep-Over"|
|1996||When Friendship Kills||Jennifer Harnsberger||TV film|
|1998||Fantasy Island||Jane||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2004||Karen Sisco||Molly Lucas||Episode: "Dog Day Sisco"|
|2005||American Dad!||Betsy White (voice)||Episode: "Deacon Stan, Jesus Man"|
|2005||Dark Shadows||Victoria Winters||Unsold TV pilot|
|2008-2009||Eleventh Hour||Rachel Young||Main role (18 episodes)|
|2011||Harry's Law||Tammy Benoit||Episode: "Bad to Worse"|
|2013||Mad Men||Kate||Episode: "To Have and to Hold"|
|2014||The Lottery||Dr. Alison Lennon||Lead role|
|2016||Heaven Sent||Maire||TV film|
|2017-2018||Rise||Gail Mazzuchelli||TV drama series|
Marley Shelton supports the following charitable causes: Children, AIDS.