October 7, 2009 |
Long before she became an iconic TV mom, Marion Ross -- a.k.a. Mrs. Cunningham from "Happy Days" -- dreamed of becoming an actress growing up in the small town of Albert Lea, Minn. She recalls being "transported" by movies, especially in the snowy winter months when getting to a theater was no easy task. "We would walk across the ice to go to the theater," Ross said in a recent interview. "Coming home it was dark and you would cross the frozen ice. I would be weeping and standing under the streetlight with the light coming down and snow would be falling in my face.
July 27, 1992 |
Edna St. Vincent Millay and her famous "candle" quatrain, synonymous with rebellious flaming youth of the '20s, seem perfect for a women's theater festival that's all about empowerment. But in the one-woman Millay drama, "A Lovely Light," at UCLA's Ralph Freud Playhouse Saturday, the poet's candle failed to burn at both ends. The piece is such a proper domestic candle it barely illuminates Millay at all.
May 8, 1992 |
From the moment Marion Ross fixes her blue eyes and her broad smile on you, you're doomed to be charmed. It's not just that she comes prepared with little facts about the interviewer's life, asking about the baby, the husband, the job. Or that she takes you off your guard by whisking you into her car to get gas during the interview. It's how she is constantly on, trying to influence and captivate you, working the interview.
October 8, 2009
Marion Ross: An article in Wednesday's Calendar section about Marion Ross said the actress attended San Diego State University. The school was known as San Diego State College when she was enrolled. It became San Diego State University in 1960.
June 1, 2003 |
Blame it on Mary Pickford. If not for the silent screen star's insistence on bringing fellow actors to an event in her honor, most Hollywood types might still be banned from A-list soirees. "You are all suffering from something she started -- having to buy a lot of tickets to events that recognize all kinds of people in the industry," honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant told guests at the Women of Distinction Awards.
December 8, 1991 |
Paramount Studio in Hollywood has played paramount importance in the life and career of Marion Ross. She was under contract to Paramount as an ingenue in the 1950s and appeared in such studio films as "Forever Female," "Sabrina," "The Proud and the Profane" and "Teacher's Pet." Ross returned to the lot in the 1970s to play Richie Cunningham's all-American mom, Mrs. C, on ABC's "Happy Days" for 11 seasons. Now the third time at the studio has quite literally been a charm for Ross, 63.