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Also Known As: Marley Eve Shelton, Marlee Shelton Died:
Born: April 12, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actress

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Blonde and fresh-faced, with a passing resemblance to acting contemporary Heather Graham, Marley Shelton began her career as a child star in the early 1990s, essayed scene-stealing supporting characters later in her career, and soon went on to land her first starring role in the high-school set black comedy "Sugar and Spice" (2000). Billed early on as Marlee Shelton, the young actress made her film debut in 1991's "Grand Canyon" after guesting on a 1990 episode of CBS' short-lived sitcom "The Family Man". More episodic TV work followed, including 1992 appearances in ABC's popular "Family Matters", the less enduring comedy "Camp Wilder" (also ABC), and the failed detective series "Bodies of Evidence" (CBS). As Shelton moved into her late teens, an onscreen presence marrying her girl-next door sweetness with a compelling sexuality emerged. This aspect was put to good use in the 1993 CBS primetime soap "Angel Falls", where she portrayed a promiscuous trouble-making teen but unfortunately for Shelton, the series only lasted six episodes. That same year the young actress was featured as a junior femme fatale, playing the lifeguard crush object of the young boys in "The Sandlot", a baseball-themed...

Blonde and fresh-faced, with a passing resemblance to acting contemporary Heather Graham, Marley Shelton began her career as a child star in the early 1990s, essayed scene-stealing supporting characters later in her career, and soon went on to land her first starring role in the high-school set black comedy "Sugar and Spice" (2000). Billed early on as Marlee Shelton, the young actress made her film debut in 1991's "Grand Canyon" after guesting on a 1990 episode of CBS' short-lived sitcom "The Family Man". More episodic TV work followed, including 1992 appearances in ABC's popular "Family Matters", the less enduring comedy "Camp Wilder" (also ABC), and the failed detective series "Bodies of Evidence" (CBS). As Shelton moved into her late teens, an onscreen presence marrying her girl-next door sweetness with a compelling sexuality emerged. This aspect was put to good use in the 1993 CBS primetime soap "Angel Falls", where she portrayed a promiscuous trouble-making teen but unfortunately for Shelton, the series only lasted six episodes. That same year the young actress was featured as a junior femme fatale, playing the lifeguard crush object of the young boys in "The Sandlot", a baseball-themed children's feature.

Shelton, who considered her prolific work in TV-movies valuable experience, ("Movies of the Week are like mini-features") counted among her TV credits a 1994 appearance in the syndicated "Hercules in the Underworld", significant as it marked an early starring adult acting job, in addition to a host of dramatic NBC productions. In 1995, her feature career took off with a supporting role in Oliver Stone's "Nixon" biopic. Shelton played the president's teenage daughter Tricia in a fairly high-profile role that would garner her attention. She followed up with a part in the less prestigious children's actioner "Warriors of Virtue" in 1997, and scored a featured part in "Pleasantville" the following year. She portrayed Margaret in the acclaimed film, the TV land girl who captures the heart of Tobey Maguire's thoughtful David. The role landed Shelton on the film's theatrical poster, with her character playing a crucial part in one of the feature's most memorable and visually arresting sequences. In 1999, she joined in film's teen boom, playing one of the popular high school girls in the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed" and lensing her first feature starring role as a young cheerleader who becomes pregnant and is aided by her loyal squad in a bank robbery so that her child will be provided for in "Sugar and Spice". Also in 1999, Shelton impressed as an enchanting supporting player in the comedy "The Bachelor", playing the sardonic younger sister of a woman (Renee Zellweger) whose boyfriend (Chris O'Donnell) seems unwilling to commit.

Shelton has additionally been featured in the films "Lured Innocence" (starring Dennis Hopper and Talia Shire, 1999) and "Bubble Boy" (alongside Jake Gyllenhaal), released in 2001. In 2002, Shelton appeared in the romantic comedy "Just a Kiss," about a group of 30-somethings looking for a way to deal with their infidelity. She next acted alongside her sister in the film "Moving Allan" (AKA "Between Us," lensed 2001), a dark comedy directed by their father Christopher Shelton, best known for helming many TV commercials. Tapped by executive producer Fisher Stevens, who directed her in "Just a Kiss," Shelton played the best friend to a hard-partying socialite (Brittany Murphy) in the 2003 comedy "Uptown Girls."

The actress had a brief but memorable turn in director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller's visually arresting adaptation of Miller's crime noir comic book series "Sin City" (2005). Shelton played the beautiful crimson-gowned, crimson-lipped Customer in the opening sequence based on Miller's graphic short "The Babe Wore Red"--the actress and Josh Hartnett agreed to appear as a favor to Rodriguez, who directed the piece as a short film to win the approval of Miller to move forward on the subsequent feature.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Scream 4 (2011)
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 Mighty Macs, The (2011)
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 Elektra Luxx (2010)
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 Women in Trouble (2009)
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 Untitled (2009)
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 W. (2008)
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 Grindhouse (2007)
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1990:
Early TV credit, a guest starring turn on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Family Man" (billed as Marlee Shelton)
1991:
Film debut in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon"
1992:
Had a two episode recurring role on "Camp Wilder" (ABC)
1993:
Appeared as a lifeguard in the children's feature "The Sandlot"
1993:
Had a regular role as the troubled Brandi on the short-lived CBS drama "Angel Falls"
1994:
Starred alongside Kevin Sorbo and Anthony Quinn in the syndicated special "Hercules in the Underworld"
1994:
Appeared in the NBC TV-movie "A Friend to Die For"
1995:
Played Tricia Nixon in Oliver Stone's ambitious presidental biopic "Nixon"
1996:
Starred in the NBC TV-movie "A Secret Between Friends: A Moment of Truth Movie"
1997:
Was featured in the children's actioner "Warriors of Virtue"
1997:
Starred in the direct-to-video teen sex comedy "Trojan War"
1998:
Appeared in the pilot episode of ABC's remake series "Fantasy Island"
1998:
Played Tobey Maguire's love interest in "Pleasantville"
1998:
Worked with her father, commercial director Christopher Shelton, on the short film "Protect-O-Man"
1999:
Co-starred as Kristin, one of a trio of snobbish popular girls, in the high-school set comedy "Never Been Kissed"
1999:
Played Natalie, the sarcastic younger sister of Renee Zellweger's Ann, in "The Bachelor"
2000:
Played a pregnant cheerleader who, along with her loyal squad, pulls off a bank heist to support her unborn child in "Sugar & Spice"
2002:
Co-starred with sister Samantha in "Between Us"; directed by father Christopher
2002:
Appeared in romantic comedy "Just a Kiss"
2003:
Cast in the summer comedy "Uptown Girls"
2004:
Cast in the low-budget comedy "Grand Theft Parsons"
2004:
Joined the cast of NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" as a former feature reporter
2006:
Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" starring Sam Shepard
2006:
Co-starred in "The Last Kiss" directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis
2007:
Played the same character in both segments of the double feature, "Grindhouse," a collaboration of both Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," and Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof"
2008:
Had a small role in the Oliver Stone directed, "W."
2008:
Cast as FBI Special Agent Rachel Young in the CBS series "Eleventh Hour"
2009:
Co-starred in the horror film "A Perfect Getaway"
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Notes

Shelton on catching the acting bug: "I have a lot of family members in the arts and entertainment, and my dad is a director. But it took me a long time to sort of embrace that identity. When I was young, I wanted to do anything but that. I remember wanting to get into advertising. I think I just wanted to do something that used the left side of the brain, something practical and stable. But it's really true, you can't escape your destiny." --quoted by E! ONLINE, in the feature "Who the Hell is This?", April 15, 1999

"I was a cheerleader in high school and I've always wondered if that wasn't the biggest waste of time, but it's turned out that it was the best investment I could have ever made. In 'Sugar and Spice', I play a cheerleader who gets knocked up and then robs a bank to support her family-to-be, so that chapter of my life is redeemed." --Shelton to VANITY FAIR, November 1999

On "Sugar and Spice": "I worked with five actresses--all beautiful--and it was a blast. I sound like a commercial, but I'm really telling the truth." --quoted in TORONTO SUN, November 3, 1999

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companion:
Nicholas Brendon. Actor. Dated when Shelton was in high school; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Christopher Shelton. Director. Worked primarily in commercials; collaborated with daughter on the 1998 short film "Protect-O-Man".
sister:
Samantha Shelton. Actor.

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