Bio

 

MARIANNE MUELLERLEILE is a distinguished actress well regarded for her vast range of comedic and dramatic work in film, television, and stage.


 

Perhaps best known for her role as “Gloria” on LIFE WITH BONNIE and the axe-wielding “Norma” on PASSIONS, Muellerleile’s credits number well over 500 and continue to increase  as she remains one of the most sought after character  actresses in Hollywood.

 


 

Born on November 26, in St. Louis, Missouri, Muellerleile was the fourth of five children born to Margaret Keaney and Cecil E. Muellerleile. Devout Catholics, Muellerleile attended Catholic school from pre-school through University, and was a natural for the performing arts; always in class plays, speech contests, debate club, and musicals. She received her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate from the Jesuit institution, St. Louis University, with every intention of becoming a high school drama teacher. Determined to learn as much about theatre as possible, Muellerleile enrolled at the University of Minnesota to obtain her Mmasters of Fine Arts degree in Acting, and studied under the guidance of teacher, and legendary stage actor, Charles Nolte, PhD. It was here that Muellerleile’s horizons expanded and she realized that acting was her gift and her future career.

 


 

Dr. Nolte cast Muellerleile as “Eunice” in Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and invited the infamous playwright, who also happened to be his good friend, to see the production. In a newspaper interview following the performance, Williams called Muellerleile, along with her two co-stars, “the future of the American Theatre.” Soon after, Muellerleile was offered an Equity contract, and the direction of life took a dramatic turn.

 


 

She spent six seasons at the Meadow Brook Theater, just north of Detroit, Michigan where under the direction of Artistic Director Terence Kilburn, the original “Tiny Tim” in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Muellerleile performed Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, William Inge, Moliere and many more. During this time she moved to New York, working at other resident theaters and on Off-Off Broadway. While in the “Big Apple”, Muellerleile became the first “large” model to be signed at the original agency to feature plus size models and spent a year of runway, print and fit modeling.

 


 

Muellerleile soon headed to Los Angeles to expand her horizons and banked her first, and second, television auditions, garnering her guest-star roles on the hit series MAGNUM P.I. and THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO. These roles were the first of what has become an impressive list of illustrious credits for the actress.

 


 

In addition to her series regular roles on LIFE WITH BONNIE and PASSIONS, Muellerleile recurred as "Lucy" on THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN, “Sister Dominick” on Disney’s THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK AND CODY, "Connie" on MIKE & MOLLY, and “Nana” on the Disney XD hit ZEKE & LUTHER. Additionally, Muellerleile has guest-starred in over 150 television series including recent appearances on ELEMENTARY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, CSI, WHY WOMEN KILL, MARON, KIRBY BUCKETS, RECOVERY ROAD, NCIS and 911. 

 

 

Her most  recent stage appearances have been in Brian Bedford’s company of THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL at the Mark Taper Forum and THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Hollywood Bowl.


As a member of the New Phoenix Theatre-Los Angeles, Marianne has appeared in workshops, readings and chamber theater presentations of ROMEO and JULIET, PHAEDRE, TWELFTH NIGHT, MEDEA, PRESENT LAUGHTER, LETTICE & LOVAGE and MARY STUART.


She has also starred in numerous feature and made for television films including RETURN TO ME, LIAR, LIAR, THE TERMINATOR, SEX DRIVE, SMOKIN’ACES, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, MEMENTO, PASSION FISH, A SMILE LIKE YOURS, and most  recently, NEVER TOO LATE.


 

Muellerleile’s exceptional acting ability to perform many accents and dialects, has also given her the opportunity to a have a stellar career in the voice over field. Among her voice over credits are AMERICAN DAD, Mrs. Cleveland in THE ROBBER'S CAVE for the Lamplighter Theater, multiple voices for the video game FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS  and Rachel Lynde on the national radio drama ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.  She is currently a voicing Lucille on the Disney Jr. THE ROCEKTEER slated to begin airing in the Fall of 2019.

 

She has starred in over 90 national commercials for companies including Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, Nationwide Insurance, Frito Lay, IBM, Pepsi, Sprint, Hallmark, Discover Card and the McDonald's Buttermilk Chicken Tenders campaign.

 


Married to Tom Norris (Lt. Col, USAF, Retired), since 1988, Muellerleile is an active philanthropist and when not acting, devotes her time and energy to a plethora of worthy causes.  As a long time donor/volunteer for Heifer International, she is their most successful volunteer fundriaser (https://fundraise.heifer.org/mariannemuellerleile), the Founder and Past Chair of the Müllerleile Family Global Reunion and the Keaney Clan Global Reunion, Founder and Past President of California Visitation Academy Alumnae Chapter, Member and Past President of the Adams/Normandie Neighborhood Association and is a 50+year blood donor for the American Red Cross.  She is a long standing Lector, Eucharistic Minister and choir member at Christ the King Catholic Church. Marianne also volunteers for short term projects with the West Adams Heritage Association, among others.

 

Marianne is a recipient of the USC Good Neighbor Award, the City of Los Angeles, 8th District: Pioneer Woman of the Year, the Southern California Earthquake Center Ourtreach Award for Public Awareness, the Visitation Academy St. Jane de Chantal Distinguished Alumna Award, the St. Louis University Alumni Merit Award and the University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Muellerleile and Norris make their home in the West Adams historic district of Los Angeles in a home built in 1905, which the couple have lovingly restored and registered as a historic landmark.

 

January 2020

 


 

 

Filmography

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The Revenge of the Nerds (feature) Kanew, Jeff 1984
The Runner Stumbles (play) Nolte, Charles 1978
The Terminator (feature) Cameron, Jim 1984
The Wild West (voice) Manuel, Steve 1992
Three Penny Opera (musical) Balk, Wes 1973
Tropicana OJ (commercial) Unknown 1982
Trouble With Dick (feature) Walkow, Gary 1986
Under Milkwood (play) Montel, Michael 1976
Webbers 15 Minutes (feature) Marlowe, Brad 1991
Western Union (commercial) Story, Mark 198?
Whatever It Takes (feature) Demchuk, Bob 1986
Yoplait (commercial) Lacy, Lee 1990
Miller Genuine Draft (commercial) Bigelow, Mike 1994 Jan 12
Mt. Dew (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2003 Jan 15
Yonex (commercial) Kaumeyer, Jeff 1996 Jan 15
Chameleon (feature) Pavone, Michael 1995 Jan 16
Heaven & Earth (feature) Stone, Oliver 1993 Jan 19
Frito Lay (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2000 Jan 23
Thank You For Smoking (feature) Reitman, Jason 2005 Jan 25-26
W.I.T.C.H. (voice) McSwain, Ginny 2005 Jan 28
Columbo: Undercover (TV film) Mc Eveety, Vince 1994 Jan 31
Our Town (play) Kaye-Martin, Edward 1981 Feb
Spoon River Antology (play) Kilburn, Terence 1974 Feb
The Summer Remembered (play) Nolte, Charles 1980 Feb
The Tempest (play) Kilburn, Terence 1978 Feb
MaClintock's Peach (feature) Rouse, Mitch 1998 Feb 2
Sprint (commercial) Ramser, David 1997 Feb 3
March of Dimes (commercial) Hill, Amy & Chris Riess 2000 Feb 4
The Road to Wellville (feature) Parker, Alan 1994 Feb 4
Keebler (commercial) Fries, Kurt 1998 Feb 5
Extra Gum-Wrigley's (commercial) Hewitt, Bruce 2001 Feb 8
Wrigleys (commercial) Hewitt, Bruce 2001 Feb 8
KFC (commercial) Spencer, Bernard 1993 Feb12
Apple Computers (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2002 Feb 22-23
As You Like It (play) Kilburn, Terence 1974 Mar
Born Yesterday (play) Mockus, Anthony 1976 Mar
Clean Slate (feature) Jackson, Mick 1993 Mar 2
Clark Oil (commercial) Cicero, Ron 2001 Mar 9
Problem Child III:Junior in Love (TV Film) Beeman, Greg 1995 Mar 11
Adventures of Johnny Tao (feature) Scott, Kenn 2005 Apr-May
Come Back, Little Sheba (play) Kilburn, Terence 1975 Apr
Ten Little Indians (play) Kilburn, Terence 1974 Apr
The Night Must Fall (play) Kilburn, Terence 1980 Apr
W.I.T.C.H.( voice) McSwain,, Ginny 2005 Apr1
Starburst (commercial) Tiedemann, Mark 1997 Apr 2
Jingle All the Way (feature) Levant, Brian 1996 Apr 15
Pepsi Storm (commercial) Usher, Kinka 1999 Apr 17
7- Eleven (commercial) Kent, Billy 1998 Apr 21
GM Credit Card (commercial) Paterson, Willi 1994 Apr 21
Tufts Health Plan (commercial) Hickenlooper, George 2004 Apr 22
Hallmark (commercial) Lieberman, Rob 1995 Apr 28
FT.com (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2000 Apr 29
Toyota (commercial) Lewin, Nick 2000 Apr 30
The Drunkard (musical) Ulmer, John 1975 May
Yankee Ingenuity (musical) Kilburn, Terence 1977 May
Devil's Prey (feature) May, Bradford 2000 May 4 - 11
One Fine Day (feature) Hoffman, Michael 1996 May 11
Target (commercial) Dublin, Rick 1993 May 12
US West (commercial) Dylan, Jesse 1993 May 15
A Smile Like Yours (feature) Samples, Keith 1996 June 30
Did You Hear the One Priest & the Nun? (short) Murray, Joel 2005 June
I am Weazle (voice) Zimmerman, Kris 1997 June 18
IBM Help Desk (commercial) Pytka, Joe 2005 June 7
Past Tense (feature) Clifford, Graeme 1993 June 28
Pax TV (commercial) Klastorin, Mark 1998 June 29
The Beautician & Beast (feature) Kwapis, Ken 1996 July 16
Infinity (feature) Broderick, Matthew 1994 Jul 25
North Country (Looping) Waddell, Hugh 2005 Aug
Skytel Pagers (commercial) Eram, Renee 1995 Aug 4
Liar, Liar (feature) Shadyac, Tom 1996 Aug 7
Dr. Pepper (commercial) Giraldi, Bob 1998 Aug 9
Executive Decision (feature) Baird, Stuart 1995 Aug 10
DHL (commercial) Routson, Tom 2005 Aug 12
MMs (commercial) Unknown 1999 Aug 20
The Low Life (feature) Hickenlooper, George 1994 Aug 28
The Member of the Wedding (play) Kilburn, Terence 1973 Sept
Amoco (commercial) Story, Mark 1996 Sept 10
Baylor Health Plan (commercial) Cole, Chris 1995 Sept 19
Mad City (feaature) Gavras, Costa 1996 Sept 23
Memento (feature) Nolan, Chris 1999 Sept 29
As You Like It (play) Montel, Michael 1978 Oct
The School for Scandal (play) Kilburn, Terence 1979 Oct
Tonight at 8:30 (play) Kilburn, Terence 1974 Oct
Compaq Computer (commercial) Coppos, Mark 1993 Oct 4
Gifts.com (commercial) Kellogg, Chris 1999 Oct 8
Relenza (commercial) Merhar, Dave 1999 Oct 18
Nestle's Bugs (commercial) Trafficanda, Gerry 1998 Oct 21
Humulus the Mute (play) Jacobs, Rick 1976 Nov
Streetcar Named Desire (play) Nolte, Charles 1973 Nov
The Night of the Iguana (play) Keathley, George 1978 Nov
Twelfth Night (play) Kilburn, Terence 1974 Nov
Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV film) Fywell, Tim 1995 Nov 6
The Man from Elysian Fields (feature) Hickenlooper, George 2000 Nov 7
House to Home (commercial) Unknown 2000 Nov 10
Smokin' Aces (feature) Carnahan, Joe 2005 Nov 14
Isuzu (commercial) Sonnenfeld, Barry 1993 Nov 15
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (commercial) Boyle, Danny 1999 Nov 16 -19
Kodak Advantix (voice) Cozle, Christine 1996 Nov 19
Burn Hollywood Burn (feature) Hiller, Arthur 1996 Nov 20
The Wild Thornberries (voice) Wright, Barbara 2000 Nov 28

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