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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Kipper Kids Kountry (pilot) Johnson, Stephen R. 1989
Kirby Buckets (sitcom) Karas, Jay 2015 June 19-24
Knots Landing (drama) Pintoff, Ernest 1985
Knots Landing (drama) Zagarro, Nick 1985
Kodak Advantix (voice) Cozle, Christine 1996 Nov 19
Lean Cuisine (commercial) Seff, Norman 1991
Lettic and Lovage (staged reading) Tobin, Frank 2014
Liar, Liar (feature) Shadyac, Tom 1996 Aug 7
Life Goes On (drama) Damski, Mel 1989
Life Stinks! (feature) Brooks, Mel 1990 August 30
Life with Bonnie (sitcom) Bohab, John 2002 3 epi
Life with Bonnie (sitcom) Hunt, Bonnie 2002 12 epi
Life with Bonnie (sitcom) Hunt, Bonnie 2003 22 epi
Life with Bonnie (sitcom) Hunt, Bonnie 2004 6 epi
Life With Father (staged reading) Tobin, Frank 22008
Listen to a Veteran (psa commercial) Caplan, Paula 2015 January 11
Little Olde Braodway (musical) Henry, John & Pollack, Michael 1983
Lois & Clark (drama) Ginty, Robert 1996 Sept 27-30
Love Boat: the Next Wave (dramedy) Mordente, Tony 1998 Sept 17
MaClintock's Peach (feature) Rouse, Mitch 1998 Feb 2
Mad City (feaature) Gavras, Costa 1996 Sept 23
Magnum, PI (drama) Vejar, Michael 1981
Major Crimes (drama) Rubin, Steve 2016 April 26
Manhattan (feature) Allen, Woody 1977 Nov 1
March of Dimes (commercial) Hill, Amy & Chris Riess 2000 Feb 4
Maron (sitcom) Cohen, Rob 2013 Jan 31
Married With Children (sitcom) Orender, Sam W. 1996 Sept 11-13
Marry Me (sitcom) McCarthy-Miller, Beth 2014 Nov 13 & 14
Marshalls (commercial) Roberts, Randy 1992
Mary Stuart (stage reading) Tobin, Frank 2017 November 12
Matthew Star (voice) Dan, Anita 1983 Feb14
McDonalds (commercial) Richardson, Peter 1985
McDonalds Buttermilk Chicken Tenders (commercial) Billow, Brian 2017 Aug 30 - Sept 1
McDonalds Buttermilk Chicken Tenders (commercial) Billow, Brian 2018 Feb 1
Me & The Boys (sitcom) Weyman, Andy 1995 Jan 4
Medea (staged reading) Tobin, Frank 2009 Sept 10
Medium (drama) Sanford, Arlene 2007 Nov 27
Meego (sitcom) Swick, Joel 1997 Apr 3-11
Melody Sisters (play) Commire, Anne 1984
Melrose Place (drama) Chalmers, Chip 1993 Oct 25
Memento (feature) Nolan, Chris 1999 Sept 29
Meritt Paper Towels (commercial) Dragoti, Stan 1983
Method & Red (sitcom) Dugan, Dennis 2004 July 23
Middle Ages (sitcom) Werner, Peter 1992
Midway Airlines (commercial) Petermann, Fred 1989
Mike & Molly (sitcom) Burrows, James 2011 Nov 17-23
Mike & Molly (sitcom) Burrows, James 2011 Dec 9-14
Mike & Molly (sitcom) Lewis, Phill 2013 Mar 1-6
Mike & Molly (sitcom) Gonzalez, Victor 2014 Oct 30- Nov 5
Miller Genuine Draft (commercial) Bigelow, Mike 1994 Jan 12
Minor Adjustments (sitcom) Halvorson, Gary 1995 Oct 19
MMs (commercial) Unknown 1999 Aug 20
Monster.com (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2000 Dec10
Moonlighting (dramedy) Werner, Peter 1986
Morton & Hayes (sitcom) Guest, Christopher 1991
Mr. Belvedere (sitcom) Corvan, Don 1989
Mr. Belvedere (sitcom) Corvan, Don 1987
Mt. Dew (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2003 Jan 15
Much Ado About Nothing (play) Campbell, Chuck 1972 Jun-Aug
Murphy Brown (sitcom) Kellman, Barnett 1987
My First Husband (sitcom) Swick, Joel 1993 Apr 20
MyFamily.com (commercial) Faye, Michael 1999 Dec14
Nationwide Insurance (commercial) Usher, Kinka 2006 Jan 20
NBC Promo (commercial) Levrick, Linda 1984
NCIS (drama) Wright, Susan 2009 Feb 20-Mar 4
Ned Blessing (western) Lerner, Dan 1993 Apr 3
Nestle's Bugs (commercial) Trafficanda, Gerry 1998 Oct 21
Never Too Late (feature) Lembeck, Michael 2018 August 8-21
New England Bell (commercial) Seff, Norman 1991
Night Court (sitcom) Weege, Reinhold 1985
Night Court (sitcom) Melman, Jeff 1986
Night Court (sitcom) Unknown 1991
Night Court (sitcom) Anderson, Harry 1992
Night Eyes III: On Guard (feature) Stevens, Andrew 1992
Nina (feature) Mort, Cynthia 2012 Nov 1
Nip/Tuck (drama) McCormick, Nelson 2006 July 12
Norbit (feature) Robbins, Brian 2006 Apr12
Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV film) Fywell, Tim 1995 Nov 6
North Country (Looping) Waddell, Hugh 2005 Aug
Nowhere Man (feature) Pavone, Mike 1995 Jan 19
NY Air (commercial) Sandback, Henry 1991
Oedipus Rex (play) Nolte, Charles 1974
Oh Baby (sitcom) Bowab, John 1999 Aug 22-27
On The Market (webisode) Jwayad Mark 2013 July 15
One Big Family (sitcom) Sweeney, Bob 1986
One Day at a Time (sitcom) Singletary, Tony 1984 Nov 28-Dec 2
One Fine Day (feature) Hoffman, Michael 1996 May 11
Our Town (play) Kaye-Martin, Edward 1981 Feb
P.O.P. (comedy pilot) Burrows, James 1984
Parenthood (drama) Trilling, Lawrence 2012 Jul 25
Partners (sitcom) Burrows, James 1995 Oct 13
Partners (sitcom) Lazarus, Paul 1996 Mar 11
Party of Five (drama) Samples, Keith 1999 Oct 22
Passion Fish (feature) Sayles, John 1992
Passions (soap) Xavier, Phideaux 2006 2 epi May Nov
Passions (soap) Sayegh, Jim 2006 3 epi May Nov
Passions (soap) Xavier, Phideaux 2007 6 epi
Passions (soap) Wilkins, Karen 2007 3 epi
Passions (soap) Brinkerhoff, Peter 2007 4 epi
Passions (soap) Tomlin, Gary 2007 6 epi

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