A PERFECT GETAWAY
MARLEY SHELTON (Cleo) first captured the
attention of filmgoers as
Margaret, Tobey Maguire's
love interest, in New Line
Cinema's critically acclaimed
film Pleasantville and
continues to appear in roles
that show her versatility as an
actress. She currently stars as
the female lead, Rachel Young,
in Jerry Bruckheimer's
Eleventh Hour on CBS.
Coming up this year is the independent feature
Untitled, directed by Jonathan Parker, in which she
plays Madeleine, a Chelsea art gallery owner who
falls for a music composer, played by Adam
Goldberg. The film is set for a September 18, 2009,
release and will be distributed by The Samuel
Goldwyn Company. Shelton was most recently seen
in director Sebastian Gutierrez's comedy Women in
Trouble, which premiered at this year's South by
Southwest Film Festival. Shelton stars in the role of
Cora in an ensemble cast made up of Josh Brolin,
Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Emmanuelle Chriqui,
Simon Baker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Adrianne
Palicki, in the film which chronicles the lives of 10
Los Angeles women over the course of one day. Also
this year, she will appear in the Tim Chambers directed
film Our Lady of Victory, which is currently
in postproduction. Shelton plays Sister Sunday, a nun
at an all-women's Catholic college in the 1970s. The
film also stars Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn and
Other notable recent work includes her roles in
Oliver Stone's biopic W. and the Robert Rodriguez/
Quentin Tarantino double-feature collaboration
Grindhouse, in which she was prominently featured
in Rodriguez's Planet Terror as Dr. Dakota Block and
had a surprise cameo appearance in Tarantino's Death
Proof. The Weinstein Co. released the film on April 6,
2007. She was also in The Last Kiss, written by Paul
Haggis and directed by Tony Goldwyn for
DreamWorks. Shelton co-starred opposite Zach
Braff, Rachel Bilson and Jacinda Barrett.
Shelton's previous work with director Robert
Rodriguez was in the blockbuster hit Sin City.
Produced by Dimension Films, Sin City is an adaptation
of Frank Miller's noir graphic crime novel series.
The film was released in April 2005 and screened at
the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival. Shelton
also appeared in Sony Pictures Classics' Don't Come
Knocking, with Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. The
film was directed by Wim Wenders and also screened
at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival.
In 2004, Shelton was seen in the indie comedy
Grand Theft Parsons, alongside Johnny Knoxville, for
director David Caffrey. Inspired by a true story, the
film follows Phil Kaufman (Knoxville), Gram
Parsons' road manager, as he steals the musician's
body from the mortuary and races it to California in
an attempt to fulfill a lifelong pact. Shelton played
Kaufman's love interest. The film also stars Christina
Applegate, Robert Forster and Michael Shannon.
In 2003, Shelton was seen in the MGM's Uptown
Girls, starring alongside Brittany Murphy and Dakota
Fanning. Directed by Boaz Yakin, this comedy
focuses on a New York City socialite (Murphy) who
takes a job as a nanny after losing a bundle of money.
In 2003, Shelton co-starred with Marisa Tomei,
Kyra Sedgwick and Ron Eldard in the romantic
comedy Just a Kiss for actor-turned-director Fisher
Stevens. Shelton also starred in Touchstone Pictures'
comedy Bubble Boy as the woman who causes her
neighbor and secret admirer, a young man without an
immune system (Jake Gyllenhaal), to travel to
Niagara Falls in a plastic bubble to stop her from
getting married. Directed by Blair Hayes, the film
was written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
Shelton starred in New Line's comedy Sugar &
Spice for director Francine McDougall and producer
Wendy Finerman. She starred opposite Mena Suvari,
Marla Sokoloff and James Marsden, as a popular cheerleader
who becomes pregnant with the star quarterback's
child, only to find herself turning to a life of
crime to support the lifestyle to which she has grown
accustomed. That same year, Shelton starred in Warner
Bros.' suspense thriller Valentine, produced by Dylan
Sellers and based on a novel by Tom Savage. Shelton
starred opposite David Boreanaz, Denise Richards and
Jessica Capshaw, as Kate Davies, a newspaper journalist
and one of four elementary school friends who
have all been marked for death by a killer taking revenge
for a Valentine's Day prank.
In 1999, Shelton was seen opposite Chris
O'Donnell and RenÃ©e Zellweger in New Line's
romantic comedy The Bachelor, directed by Gary
Sinyor. Shelton played Zellweger's supportive sister
in this update of the 1925 Buster Keaton silent
comedy Seven Chances. She was also seen opposite
Drew Barrymore and David Arquette in the Fox 2000
Pictures feature Never Been Kissed.
In 1998, Shelton co-produced and starred in the
short film Protect-O-Man, directed by her father
Christopher Shelton. The film is a black comedy
about an agoraphobic whose disorder is augmented
by a stalker on the prowl in her neighborhood. She
seeks extra protection and solace in a plastic safety
blow-up doll and ends up falling in love.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Shelton attended
UCLA where she majored in film and theater. She
supported herself through small parts in feature films,
television movies and episodic television. Her hobby
grew into a passion while she studied acting with
Larry Moss and, as a result, she decided to pursue a
career as an actress.
Shelton made her feature debut in Grand Canyon.
Her additional film credits include The Sandlot; the
role of Tricia Nixon Cox in Nixon, with Anthony
Hopkins; and in Warriors of Virtue.
Shelton resides in Los Angeles.
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