Marion Ross

Actress


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In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, actress Marion Ross describes her early career, including her appearance as a regular in the 1950s sitcom Life With Father and appearing as a guest on The Lone Ranger, where she uttered the line, "Who was that masked man?" She describes being a struggling actress for many years, and discusses several 1960s TV appearances including guest parts on Dr. Kildare and The Brady Bunch. She then looks back on the role for which she is most associated, TV mom "Marion Cunningham" on Happy Days. She also speaks in detail about her regular role of "Sophie Berger" on Brooklyn Bridge, relating how she created the character's European accent. Ross also talks about recurring roles she played on The Love Boat and The Drew Carey Show. Karen Herman conducted the interview on December 9, 2002.

"I love being one of television's favorite moms. When people say, 'do you mind when they call you, Mrs. C.?' I say no. How lucky I am."

Highlights
Marion Ross describes her character on Happy Days "Mrs. Cunningham"; and working on the show
28:58
Actress Marion Ross on her first television role in Life with Father
03:37
Marion Ross on her guest appearances on That 70s Show
02:04
Marion Ross on co-starring on Happy Days (continued); and the show's legacy
15:53
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years and start in acting; on her first television work in Life With Father; on working in Ford Star Jubilee's production of Blithe Spirit
27:59

Chapter 2

On her appearances as a guest actress on shows including Matinee Theater, Rawhide, Mrs. G. Goes to College, The Outer Limits, and Hawaii Five-O.
22:51
On getting cast on and the premise of Happy Days
06:06

Chapter 3

On co-starring in Happy Days
29:00

Chapter 4

On co-starring on Happy Days (continued); and the show's legacy
15:53
On her guest appearances on The Love Boat
05:48
On her guest appearances on MacGyver and Night Court
03:20
On starring as "Sophie Berger" in Brooklyn Bridge
03:46

Chapter 5

On her role as "Sophie Berger" in Brooklyn Bridge
04:40
On her appearances on The Drew Carey Show, Touched by an Angel, and The Gilmore Girls
07:51
On the craft of acting; dealing with fame; the longevity of her career; her proudest achievements; and how she'd like to be remembered
14:15
Shows

Brooklyn Bridge (1991-93)

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Marion Ross on starring in Brooklyn Bridge
03:46
Marion Ross on her role as Sophie Berger in Brooklyn Bridge
04:40

Drew Carey Show, The

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Marion Ross on guest starring as Drew's mother on The Drew Carey Show
03:46

Ford Star Jubilee

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Actress Marion Ross on working in Ford Star Jubilee's production of Blithe Spirit
05:20

Gilmore Girls

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Marion Ross on her guest appearances on Gilmore Girls
01:08

Happy Days

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Marion Ross on being cast on Happy Days
05:55
Marion Ross describes her character on Happy Days "Mrs. Cunningham"; and working on the show
28:58
Marion Ross on co-starring on Happy Days (continued); and the show's legacy
15:53

Hawaii Five-O

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Marion Ross briefly on Jack Lord being difficult to work with on Hawaii Five-O 
01:13

Life With Father

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Actress Marion Ross on her first television role in Life with Father
03:37

Love Boat, The

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Marion Ross on her appearances on The Love Boat
05:48

MacGyver

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Marion Ross on her guest appearance on MacGyver
00:53

Mrs. G. Goes to College

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Marion Ross on brief role on Mrs. G. Goes to College (she was fired)
01:27

NBC Matinee Theater

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Marion Ross on performing on Matinee Theater
00:37

Night Court

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Marion Ross on guest starring on Night Court
01:25

Outer Limits, The (1963-65)

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Marion Ross briefly on her appearance on The Outer Limits
00:45

Rawhide

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Marion Ross on her guest roles (and stunts) on Rawhide
01:28

That '70s Show

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Marion Ross on her guest appearances on That 70s Show
02:04

Touched By an Angel

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Marion Ross on her guest appearances on Touched by an Angel
00:53
Genres

Western Series

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Marion Ross on her guest roles (and stunts) on Rawhide
01:28
People

Lauren Bacall

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Actress Marion Ross on working in Ford Star Jubilee's  production of Blithe Spirit
05:20

Noel Coward

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Actress Marion Ross on working in Ford Star Jubilee's production of Blithe Spirit
05:20

Jack Lord

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Marion Ross briefly on Jack Lord being difficult to work with on Hawaii Five-O 
01:13

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