Ross, Marion

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Marion Ross (born: October 25, 1928) is an American actress best known for her role as Marion Cunningham on the ABC television series, Happy Days from 1974 to 1984.  Inscribed Photograph, n.d. - 8 x 10 Color, written in blk ink with ridging seen in lettering.  Overall, very fine condition. 

Ross made her 1953 film debut in Forever Female, starring Ginger Rogers and William Holden. 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), and Operation Petticoat (1959). 

Ross' best known role is in 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. 

The show's pilot was an episode of Love, American Style in 1972, where she originated the character. Ross later reprised Marion Cunningham on the spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi and on Family Guy. 

In 1978-86, she appeared as multiple different characters on The Love Boat. However, in the 1986-7 season, Ross became a series regular, playing Emily Haywood who later became Emily Stubing after she married the protagonist Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod). 

She later starred in the short-lived, but critically acclaimed drama—infused with a healthy dose of humor— Brooklyn Bridge, which ran on CBS from 1991 to 1993. Despite lasting only two seasons, the series won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an 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, this “drama” won its Golden Globe and received its Emmy nomination in the comedy/musical category. 

On June 7, 2008, the Albert Lea Civic Theater in Albert Lea, Minnesota changed its name to the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. 

In April 2010, Ross guest starred in Nurse Jackie as a homeless woman with dementia, and on May 13, 2010 she guest starred in Grey’s Anatomy as Betty Donahue. Also in 2010 she appeared in the Cartoon Network movie Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster as Mrs. Trowburg, along with former Happy Days/The Love Boat co-star Ted McGinley. She participated in the end of season 4 of The Middle, as deputy principal Dunlap. 

In January 2014, she made a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men's Season 11, Episode "Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball.”