Marion Ross Bio, Age, Kids, Net Worth, Movies and Dead

Marion Ross Biography

Marion Ross born Marian Ellen Rose is a retired American actress.

She changed her name from Marian to Marion because it read easier to her and she thought it would look better. She is best recognized for role of Marion Cunningham On the sitcom Happy days that she starred from 1974 to 1984. Besides that, she is the Associate artist for the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, California.

Marion Ross Age

She was born in October 25, 1928 in Watertown, Minnesota, U.S. She is 90 years old as of 2018.

Marion Ross Family | Young Marion Ross

She was born in the family of Gordon and Ellen and she was raised in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

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Marion Ross Husband | Marion Ross Married

She was married to Freeman Herman Meskimen in 1951 and with him she had a son, actor Jim Meskimen and daughter, actress Ellen Plummer Kreamer. They divorced in 1968 and she later, in 1988 got married to actor Paul Michael who died in July 8, 2011 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Marian Ross Dead | Marion Ross Death | Marion Ross Died | Marion Ross Still Alive | Marion Ross Now | Marion Ross Murder

She is alive and she was not murdered. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, California, U.S. in a country style home which she calls Happy Days Home

Marion Ross Movies | Marion Ross Movies And Tv Shows





Forever Female



The Glenn Miller Story

Polly Haynes

Secret of the Incas

Miss Morris


Mrs. Crockett


Spiller’s Girlfriend


The Proud and Profane


Lust for Life

Sister Clothilde

The Best Things in Life Are Free

Nita Naldi-type

Around the World in 80 Days



Ruth Seaton

God Is My Partner

Frances Denning


Teacher’s Pet

Katy Fuller

Some Came Running

Sister Mary Joseph


The Big Circus

It Started with a Kiss


Operation Petticoat

Lt. Colfax RN


Blueprint for Robbery

Young Woman



Joan Myers – Passenger

Colossus: The Forbin Project

Angela Fields



Mrs. Divine


Grand Theft Auto

Vivian Hedgeworth


The Evening Star

Rosie Dunlop


The Last Best Sunday

Mrs. Larksmont


Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Marion Ross

Music Within


Smiley Face



Superhero Movie

Aunt Lucille


A Reason

Aunt Irene Hilgrim


Angels on Tap


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Marion Ross Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

Marion Ross Happy Days

Happy days was an American sitcom set in the 1950’s and 60’s and aired from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984. It was created by Garry Marshall. She starred as Marion Cunningham and her character quickly became one of the beloved TV mom of all time. Her character, Mrs. C supported and guided her two young children Richie, played by Ron Howard and Joanie, played by Erin Moran through the teen years perils. She earned 2 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her role in Happy Days.

Marion Ross Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie is an American medical comedy drama series that premiered on showtime on June 8, 2009. Its season finale aired on June 28, 2015. She guest starred in this film.

Marion Ross Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy is an American medical drama TV series thet premiered on March 27, 2005 on the ABC ( American Broadcasting Company). She guest starred in this film.

Marion Ross Spongebob

This is an American animated TV series created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. She is a cast member who plays grandma Squarepants and she has been known for her voice-over work on it.

Marion Ross Gilmore Girl

Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama TV series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The show debuted on October 5, 2000 on the WB. Its final season,the 7th season, ended on May 15, 2007 on the CW. She portrayed Lorelai “Trix”Gilmore in 4 episodes and Marilyn Gilmore in 2 episodes.

Marion Ross Love Boat

The Love Boat is an American drama-comedy which was aired on the ABC TV Network from May 5, 1977 till May 24, 1986 plus 4 three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987 and 1990. The series is set on luxury passenger cruise S.S. Pacific Princess.  She played different characters in this series.

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center

The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center is an historic building conveniently located  in Downtown Albert Lea and managed by Albert Lea Community Theatre (ACT).

Marion Ross And Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler is an American actor, comedian, producer and author. He starred in the Happy Days along Mrs C, Marion, as Arthur ‘Fronzie’Fonzarelli.

Marion Ross That 70s Show

Marion was eatured in several 1970’s films and series namely Happy Days (1974 to 1984), The Love Boat (1978 to 1986) and Password Plus in 1979 among others.

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Marion Ross Interview

Marion Ross Interview: “Happy Days” Star Says, “I Just Had to Become Somebody”


Marion Ross: Good morning, my dear. Where are you calling from?

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Birmingham, Alabama, Marion.

Marion Ross: Well, it’s not morning there at all, is it? (laughs) Your accent is charming, darling. It’s charming, and I love it.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Early afternoon, and thank you! Your book is a delightful read. Did you ever think that when you met Ron Howard back in the 1970s that he’d become a famous producer and write the foreword for your memoir?

Marion Ross: No, not really (laughs). He was a famous little child actor, but really, no. I had noidea he would zoom past all of us and become one of the most important men in this town.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): From what he wrote in the book, it’s obvious he cares a great deal about you.

Marion Ross: Well, we’re very lucky to be such good friends.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): You wrote about seeking attention as a young girl and that led you to acting.

Marion Ross: Yes. I had a crippled brother, and I’m the second little girl, so I didn’t get a lot of attention. I had to work hard to get attention, you know.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): The attention made you happy?

Marion Ross: Well, it made me what I am. I just had to become somebody, whatever that means. My mother was a Canadian, so I always say, “My mother was an immigrant.” She was an Irish Canadian from Saskatchewan, and she would very much always say, “You can be anything. You can be anything.” So I thought, “I will be. I will be.”

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): When you were at Paramount and even afterward, you said that there was a professional pecking order in Hollywood.

Marion Ross: It is, of course. It’s a power game, and the powerful people run everything. So you can get in the position to get some power, and Happy Days did this for me. Otherwise, you’re just one of the thousands and thousands and thousands of actors. If you look up Screen Actors Guild and how many members there are, I would be curious myself today now to see how many members there are in SAG. A lot.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Your film debut in Forever Female (1953) was with two big stars in Hollywood at that time, Ginger Rogers and William Holden. What was that experience like for a young actress?

Marion Ross: It was interesting. The director, Irving Rapper, must have been intrigued with this young actress. I was like 23 or so. He thought I looked like Greer Garson, so he’d say, “Miss Garson! What do you think about that?” (laughs) I had a very small part in the movie. I was a college graduate, so I would have opinions (laughs). It took me quite a while to realize he was making fun of me, you know.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Many powerful men at that time probably didn’t want to hear “opinions” from women. Is that true?

Marion Ross: Oh, yes, indeed. This was the 50s. Oh, my, yes. In fact, my agent said to me, “Don’t be going around on the set. Don’t be visiting the set by yourself on the lot at Paramount. That’s dangerous.” In fact, I remember sitting once, and two men were near me. A girl walked by and said, “Hello,” to these guys. One of them said to the other, “I know her.” The other one said, “Oh, yeah? I know her, too.”

I thought, “Oh God, I don’t want anyone ever to think that about me. No one’s ever going to know me that way.” The same happens in the business world, too. That’s what’s so fun about now with all the young actresses standing up for their rights. It’s wonderful. It’s a new movement.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): The #MeToo movement.

Marion Ross: Yeah.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): They have the guts to speak out now and not be afraid of the consequences, which is wonderful.

Marion Ross: Because in the old days that’s how you got ahead in the business. You made a few gentleman friends there. Early on in my career, a man said, “I want to help you. How do you think you’re going to get ahead in this business?” I said, “Well, I’m a really good actress.” He said, “Well, that’s kind of hard.” I realized what he was talking about.

I was so well brought up in Minnesota. I said, “You have no character!” And I punched his shoulder saying, “I can’t do things like that!” It’s a wonder that I made it, isn’t it? It’s a wonder that I survived (laughs).

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Speaking of succeeding in the business, along came Happy Days. What were you told about the character of Marion Cunningham?

Marion Ross: Not very much. They just said that the mother was such an insignificant part, so they said, “You’re good for the mother.” My part was like, “Oh, Howard! Oh, Richie! You’re not eating.” Things like that. It was not an important part. It was a story about the boys and the kids in school.

We would read the script around the table on a Monday morning, and Garry Marshall and everybody would say, “Marion, please read all the girls’ parts.” Wow. I would gear down. I was auditioning for those writers all the time, so that their heads would snap around and they’d say, “Wow!” They began to write better for me all the time.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Some of my favorite Happy Days episodes were when Marion was frustrated as a housewife and wanted more out of life.

Marion Ross: Yes (laughs). And you had wonderful Tom Bosley playing my husband, and he had won the Tony on Broadway, so he was a very important man on that set.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Since Happy Days was set in the 1950s, to have the mother interested in a meaningful career other than housewife would not have been contemporaneous with the times.

Marion Ross: No. Because I even asked Garry Marshall. I said, “Couldn’t you write more scenes for Tom and me and the kids?” He said, “No. Not about you. It’s not about you. It’s about these kids.” (laughs)

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Were you unhappy doing Happy Days or ever feel that your talent was not being utilized to the fullest?

Marion Ross: I tell you, I was so grateful to have the job. It’s a tough business, and I was divorced. I had two children to raise. I was lucky to have the job and to have the show become such a hit. So I was lucky. Yep.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Are you still in contact with Henry Winkler?

Marion Ross: Very much so. Very much. We go to lunch and have a good time. In fact, Ron and his daughter Bryce are having a party in a few weeks. I’m very fortunate that we have remained very tight friends.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What do you think of Henry’s reality series Better Late Than Never?

Marion Ross: I think it’s wonderful! God, it kills me! It’s absolutely fresh.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Do you have regrets about how your marriage may have interfered with your career in later years?

Marion Ross: It’s funny. Of course, I thought I had come to a total standstill at age 50, and I said to my mother who was a teacher, “Maybe I should get a credential and become a teacher.” She said, “No! Don’t do that.” I tried so hard to turn the acting into a business. I hired a press agent. I could see that this was all about selling, that I was a product, and it was about selling and that the Brownies and the fairies were not going to come and find you. So isn’t that interesting?

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Yes, and very practical. Do your children work in entertainment?

Marion Ross: They do. My daughter was a writer/producer on Friends. Her name is Ellen Kreamer, and now she’s creating a new pilot for ABC. My son, Jim Meskimen, is in a commercial right now. He plays George Washington being towed across the freeway in a boat, and it’s  for GEICO.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): I have seen that commercial!

Marion Ross: Yes! That’s Jim. That’s my son as George Washington. My children saw how hard it was to make this business work, and they’ve done very nicely. I’m very proud of the job I did.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Looking back on your career, what are your fondest memories?

Marion Ross: I did a show in the 90s that you’ve probably never heard of and nobody ever saw. It was called Brooklyn Bridge. We did it at CBS with Gary Goldberg. I played a Jewish Polish grandmother. I mean, of all things! Here I am this Scotch-Irish girl from Minnesota, but I was very proud of that work. So that’s something. It’s also wonderful to have survived in this business. I’m now 89. I am retired, but I have had a wonderful life in this business.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What was your last role?

Marion Ross: My last role? I can’t remember because it was so insignificant. I can’t remember what it was. But I’ve always been doing plays. In Kansas City, I’ve done plays, and I’ve done national tours. Jean Stapleton and I did Arsenic and Old Lace on the national tour. It has just been a darn good life.

Marion Ross News

Actress Marion Ross publishes new memoir about her life


Actress Marion Ross has always had an interest to learn about the beginnings of her fellow actors and actresses in the movie and television industry.

Fans of her TV character, Mrs. Cunningham, can now read about Ross’ life on and off the camera in her new memoir, “My Days: Happy and Otherwise,” which was published by Kensington Publishing Corp. and went on sale last week.

Ross is currently promoting her book and will be visiting the Downtown Central Library in Glendale on Tuesday and the Barnes and Noble in Burbank on May 5.

When she was approached to write a memoir about herself, from her humble beginnings in Watertown, Minn. to her 11 seasons on the hit sitcom “Happy Days,” Ross’ initial answer was “no.”

Her ties to Burbank extend through the late Garry Marshall, who created and executive produced “Happy Days.” He was the founder of the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, and the facility was renamed after him last year.

Ross said her son, actor and comedian Jim Meskimen, brought over Burbank Leader columnist David Laurell to her house one day and told her that she was going to be writing a book.

“I didn’t want to write it at all,” Ross said with a laugh. “My son tells me, ‘You’re going to write a book, mother,’ and I said, ‘I don’t think so.’”

Though she was hesitant at first, she came around to the idea, saying that she agreed to write the memoir because she liked the idea of being able to share her story about where she came from.

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