Marion Ross
American actor
Marion Ross
Marion Ross is an American actress best known for her role as Marion Cunningham on the television series Happy Days from 1974 to 1984.
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'Family Ties' creator Gary David Goldberg dies
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit "Family Ties" and expanded into feature films, has died. Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported. Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy "Spin City," which in 1996 reunited him with "Family Ties" breakout star Michael J. Fox as the deputy mayor of New York City. "With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend," Fox said in a statement on Monday. "He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly." A more modest hit for Goldberg yet much-acclaimed, CBS' "Brooklyn Bridge" (1991-93) was a tender comedy based on his experiences growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Marion Ross starred as a character inspired by his grandmother. Goldberg's films included "Dad" (1989), starring Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson, as well as "Bye Bye Lov ...
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Cate Blanchett To Headline 'Cancer Vixen' For HBO
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Cate Blanchett will reportedly star in HBO's adaptation of "Cancer Vixen," based on the memoir by Marisa Acocella Marchetto, according to Deadline. Blanchett will also executive produce the project with partners Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray through production company Maven Pictures. The plot centers around "a cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour with a supercharged Manhattan lifestyle who is about to get married but must re-examine her life through wit and her animation when she is diagnosed with breast cancer." The producers are currently meeting with writers for the adaptation, but Deadline reports that the project is now a priority with Blanchett set to star. In other casting news ... Latin star Manolo Cardona joins "Covert Affairs." Cardona will join Season 4 for a multi-episode guest arc as Teo Braga -- a charismatic, enigmatic Colombian rebel leader with a ferocity of spirit matched only by his intellectual curiosity. Brilliant and broodi ...
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'Happy Days' Cast Settles Lawsuit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The cast of "Happy Days" and CBS have come to a settlement over a royalties lawsuit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS and the cast reached an out-of-court settlement with just 10 days to go before trial was scheduled to begin. The lawsuit was over licensing and merchandising revenue. Members of the "Happy Days" cast were suing over breach of contract and fraud, among other charges. Each of the four original "Happy Days" stars -- Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Don Most, Erin Moran and the late Tom Bosley's wife, Patricia -- were to get about $65,000 out of the settlement, THR reports. As part of the settlement the cast will also get future royalties. "Happy Days" stars Ron Howard and Henry Winkler were not involved in the suit. The lawsuit, which was filed in April 2011, originally asked for $10 million, according to CNN. In a statement, CBS said they "never refused to pay the members of the 'Happy Days' cast any of the money they are owed under their contracts, ...
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'Happy Days' actors settle lawsuit
CNN - over 4 years
Four members of the cast, Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and Erin Moran, along with the widow of Tom Bosley, sued CBS, claiming they have not been been paid for "Happy Days" merchandise.
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CBS, "Happy Days" actors in settlement talks: sources
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CBS Corp is in settlement talks with cast members of the popular 1970's TV show "Happy Days" to end a legal dispute over revenues from the sitcom's merchandise, an agreement that could have broad ramifications for how TV actors are compensated. Representatives for the actors, who include Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley, began negotiations with CBS after a California judge ruled earlier this month that their case could go forward, according to two people with knowledge of the talks who asked to remain anonymous. ...
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'Happy Days' cast may be owed DVD royalties
Cleveland - over 4 years
Actors Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most, Erin Moran and the widow of Tom Bosley may still be owed royalties on the use of their images in DVD packaging, according to a ruling issued Tuesday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White.
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La Bohème hits all the right notes
Cape Times - almost 5 years
Every time I leave an auditorium at the conclusion of another La Bohème, I am quite decided that this is the perfect opera ||| CAPE TOWN OPERA, Artscape Opera House; Puccini: La Bohème; with Nozuko Teto, Given Nkosi, Owen Metsileng, Siphamandla Yakupa, Xolela Sixaba, Amos Nomnabo, Monde Masimini; Cape Philharmonic, Cape Town Opera Chorus and Children’s Chorus; conducted by Jeremy Silver, directed by Matthew Wild, designed by Michael Mitchell, lighting by Nicholas Tilney. Until May 16. DEON IRISH reviews. EVERY time I leave an auditorium at the conclusion of another La Bohème, I am quite decided that this is the perfect opera. Of course, other works vie for that title: but I really do doubt that there is another that engenders such an overall sense of gratification. The libretto is multi-faceted and engrossing and Puccini’s score superb. Given as attractive a staging as this Christine Crouse production, the combination is theatrically alluring. Reviewing the opening night of ...
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Conversations on the Green
Eye Weekly - almost 5 years
Conversations on the Green is a series of exclusive one-on-one talks with notable celebrities, put on by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. Hosted by Ralph Benmergui, these four Mondays showcase the careers of these people and discuss how Jewish culture has been an influence on both their life and their  careers to date. This year, Conversations on the Green will feature actor and SCTV alumnus Eugene Levy on October 24th; businessman and former politician Paul Godfrey on November 28th; politician, broadcaster and diplomat Stephen Lewis on February 27th; and veteran actor and well-loved Happy Days mom Marion Ross on May 14th.
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Thursday’s Highlights: 'Touch' on Fox
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 8 - 14 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies A FATHER AND SON (Kiefer Sutherland, left, and David Mazouz) become involved in a woman’s quest for revenge on “Touch” at 9 p.m. on Fox. SERIES Community:  When Britta’s (Gillian Jacobs) former flame (Kirk Fox) comes to town with a traveling carnival, she asks her friends to help her resist the temptation to see him again. Annie, Troy and Abed (Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi) try to keep her distracted, while a curious Jeff and Shirley (Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown) go to the carnival in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). Missing:  While Becca (Ashley Judd) is frustrated by the lack of leads in her search for Michael (Nick Eversman), he plots an escape. Cliff Curtis and Adriano Giannini also star in this new episode (8 p.m. ABC). American Idol:  The finalists face eliminatio ...
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Weekend highlights for visual art - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Marx is expected to attend and perform at 7 pm, and other celebrity guests include Camryn Manheim ("Ghost Whisperer"), Jo Frost ("Super Nanny"), Robert David Hall ("CSI"), Alfre Woodard ("Memphis Beat"), Marion Ross ("Happy Days"), LeVar Burton
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Get Out: What to do This Weekend in Laguna Beach - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Karn (Home Improvement and Family Feud host), Marion Ross (Ayyy, Mrs. C!) and LeVar Burton (Kunta! Geordi!). Price: Price: $7 adults, $4 seniors and students, free for Laguna Beach residents, children under 12 and Pageant of the Masters
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Henry Winkler Interview: Latest Book Reflects on Family, Fishing, Photography ... - Smashing Interviews Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Set in the Midwestern city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolved around teenager Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his parents, Howard (Tom Bosley) and Marion (Marion Ross); younger sister Joanie (Erin Moran) and Fonzie, the leather-clad
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Things you need to know in St. Lucie County - Fort Pierce Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Marion Ross will lead an interactive story time in which parent and child learn signs together at 10:30 am Friday at Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Baby Signs is a sign language that allows babies and their
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Actors sue for profits from TV and movie classics - Reuters
Google News - over 5 years
The actions against CBS and Paramount were brought by actors behind secondary characters (Anson Williams, who played Potsie; Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham; Don Most, who played Ralph Malph; and Erin Moran, who played Joanie) on "Happy Days
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'Childrens Hospital' Renewed by Adult Swim for a Fourth Season - TVbytheNumbers
Google News - over 5 years
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!, The State), Nick Kroll (The League, Worst Week), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jordan Peele (MADtv), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Will Sasso (MADtv, Less Than Perfect),
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Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz - Albert Lea Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Albert Lea's chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization will present “Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz” at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The short participation play for children and adults is sponsored by the Cuppage Foundation
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Old TV Stars Sue Over Merchandising Royalties - DailyFinance
Google News - over 5 years
Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and Patricia Bosley, wife of the actor, are suing the consumer arm of CBS (CBS) for $10 million over souvenir proceeds from the
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BACKSTAGE: Bevy of news heats up summer arts scene - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Michael, the longtime companion of Old Globe veteran Marion Ross, and her co-star in last fall's top-selling Globe play "The Last Romance," passed away July 8 in Woodland Hills. He was 84. The couple were together for 22 years, and "The Last
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marion Ross
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 86
    In September 2015, she began making brief appearances on MeTV to share her memories of her Happy Days co-stars.
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  • 2013
    Age 84
    In 2013, she guest starred on The Middle, and in 2014 on Two and a Half Men.
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  • 2011
    Age 82
    Ross lives in Cardiff by the Sea, a neighborhood of the City of Encinitas, California in north San Diego County (Ross attended high school and college in San Diego). She is well known in the community, and in July 2011 was grand marshal of Cardiff Centennial Celebrations.
    More Details Hide Details Ross also lived in Los Angeles, California with actor Paul Michael (died July 8, 2011). Her two adult children also work in entertainment: Son Jim Meskimen's credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Marion and Jim have both acted in The Boondocks and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (though not always in the same episodes). Daughter Ellen Plummer was a writer/producer on Friends.
    On April 19, 2011, Ross and four of her Happy Days co-stars, Erin Moran, Don Most, Anson Williams and the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS, which owns the show, claiming they had not been paid for merchandising revenue owed under their contracts.
    More Details Hide Details The cast members claimed they had not received revenue from show-related items, including comic books, T-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, games, lunch boxes, dolls, toy cars, magnets, greeting cards and DVDs where their images appear on the box covers. Under their contracts, they were supposed to be paid five percent from the net proceeds of merchandising if their sole images were used, and half that amount if they were in a group. CBS said it owed the actors $8,500 and $9,000 each, most of it from slot machine revenue, but the group said they were owed millions. The lawsuit was initiated after Ross was informed by a friend playing slots at a casino of a "Happy Days" machine on which players win the jackpot when five Marion Rosses are rolled. In October 2011, a judge rejected the group's fraud claim, which rejects their claim to millions of dollars in potential damages. On June 5, 2012, a judge denied a motion filed by CBS to have the case thrown out, which meant it would go to trial on July 17 if the matter was not settled by then. In July 2012, the actors settled their lawsuit with CBS. Each received a payment of $65,000 and a promise by CBS to continue honoring the terms of their contracts.
  • 2010
    Age 81
    In 2010, Ross guest starred on Nurse Jackie and Grey's Anatomy, and also appeared in the Cartoon Network television film Scooby-Doo!
    More Details Hide Details Curse of the Lake Monster as Mrs. Trowburg.
  • 2009
    Age 80
    That year, Ross played Aunt Lucille in the film Superhero Movie, and in 2009 she appeared in a guest spot on The New Adventures of Old Christine.
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  • 2008
    Age 79
    In June 2008, the Albert Lea Civic Theater in Albert Lea, Minnesota changed its name to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.
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  • 2007
    Age 78
    In 2007 and 2010, she played Ida Holden on ABC's Brothers & Sisters.
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    In 2007, Ross appeared in Music Within.
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  • 1997
    Age 68
    Ross had a recurring role on Touched by an Angel as a homeless woman, and was in the final two episodes which closed the series. Additionally, she played a secretly ill mother Eunice Fadiman in "The Cat", an episode of Early Edition that first aired in April 1997.
    More Details Hide Details She had recurring roles as Drew Carey's mother on The Drew Carey Show (during one episode of which she was referred to as her Happy Days character Mrs. Cunningham, a deliberate error for a contest the show was running); as evil Bernice Forman on That '70s Show; and as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore and Marilyn on Gilmore Girls. She also frequently appeared on Hollywood Squares. During the 1990s, Ross became active in voice-over work. She played Ms. Wakefield on the Fox animated series King of the Hill, Grandma SquarePants on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, Crane's mother on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Mrs. Lopart on Handy Manny. She also guest starred on The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, The Wild Thornberrys, Generator Rex, among others.
  • 1996
    Age 67
    In 1996, she starred as housekeeper Rosie Dunlop opposite Shirley MacLaine in the Terms of Endearment sequel The Evening Star.
    More Details Hide Details The film was poorly received, and Ross was one of the few participants who received praise. Despite panning the film, New York Times critic Janet Maslin enthused that, "Marion Ross does a warm, sturdy job as the devoted housekeeper who has been kept too long under Aurora's wing." She went on to be nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
  • 1991
    Age 62
    She later starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed comedy-drama Brooklyn Bridge, which ran on CBS from 1991 to 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Despite airing for only two seasons, the series won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award following its first season. With Ross in the lead role, even though the series was created and executive produced by Gary David Goldberg and was substantially based on his early life, the drama won its Golden Globe and received its Primetime Emmy nomination in the comedy/musical category.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 57
    However, in the 1986–87 television season, Ross became a series regular, playing Emily Haywood.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 49
    Between 1978 and 1986, she appeared as different characters on The Love Boat.
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  • 1972
    Age 43
    The series' pilot was an episode of Love, American Style in 1972, where she originated the character.
    More Details Hide Details Ross later reprised Marion Cunningham on the spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi and on Family Guy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 32
    In the 1961–62 television season, she played Gertrude Berg's daughter, Susan Green, on the CBS sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College, and also starred as a mail order bride on Rawhide.
    More Details Hide Details Ross had an uncredited and non-speaking role as one of the hapless passengers on board Trans Global Flight #2 in Airport (1970). That year, Ross played a computer scientist opposite Eric Braeden in the sci-fi thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project. Ross' best known role is on the sitcom Happy Days, which aired for eleven seasons on ABC, from 1974 to 1984. She portrayed endearing matriarch Marion Cunningham, mother of Richie, Joanie, and (briefly) Chuck. She received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her work on the show, in 1979 and 1984.
  • 1959
    Age 30
    In 1959, she appeared as a starting teacher, Miss McGinnis, on ABC's The Donna Reed Show.
    More Details Hide Details Within the storyline, Miss McGinnis is unable to relate to her students until housewife Donna Stone (Donna Reed) steps in with advice to help the situation. Ross also appeared on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Millionaire (1956 episode), Steve Canyon, Perry Mason (The Case of the Romantic Rogue), Buckskin, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Father Knows Best, The Outer Limits, Thriller (U.S. TV series) (The Man in the Mirror), The Brothers Brannagan (two episodes as Diane Warren), The Eleventh Hour, Route 66, Mr. Novak, Hawaii Five-O, The Brady Bunch, The Fugitive, Night Court.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 25
    In 1954, she appeared as Ginny Thorpe on The Lone Ranger, and in 1958, she appeared on NBC's Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer as Mary Williams.
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  • 1953
    Age 24
    Ross' career on television also began in 1953, when she played the Irish maid on the series Life With Father for two years.
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    Ross made her 1953 film debut in Forever Female, starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden.
    More Details Hide Details She found steady work in film, appearing in The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Sabrina (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Lizzie (1957), Teacher's Pet (1958), Some Came Running (1958), Operation Petticoat (1959), Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), Honky (1971), and Grand Theft Auto (1977).
  • 1950
    Age 21
    Ross enrolled in San Diego State University, where she was named the school's most outstanding actress. After graduation in 1950, she performed in summer theater in La Jolla, California.
    More Details Hide Details The director was impressed by her talent, and recommended that she try for work in films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on October 25, 1928.
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