Marion has a Master’s Degree in Theater from Illinois State University. She was a
finalist in The American College Theater Festival and her thesis on the acting process
has been used as a supplemental text for drama students in the acting program at ISU.
She was also a finalist for Theater Communications Group becoming one of 78 actors in
the country chosen to audition for all the Repertory Companies in America. From this
she began her acting career in New York with La MaMa and also starred in national
tours of “The Impossible Years” and “The Star Spangled Girl.”

Marion started her career out West in Los Angeles at La MaMa Hollywood in Wallace
Shawn’s “Our Late Night” with Jeff Goldblum. She won a Drama-Logue Award for her
performance in Sean O’Casey’s “Bedtime Story” playing an Irish femme-fatale. She’s
done several stints on television in programs such as “Rhoda” “Nine to Five” “Chips,”
“Little House on the Prairie,” “Eight Is Enough” and recurring roles on “Days of Our
Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.” She was featured in the iconic “Corvette
Summer” with Mark Hamill.

In 2003 she began writing and performing in plays which highlighted social justice
issues. “If Only I Had More Time,” was written at the request of St John’s Hospital in
Oxnard as a part of their televised conference on aging. She began performing the play
with a few actors reading from the script at local churches and synagogues and the affect
was magical. “I discovered that the audience had a great deal to say about growing old
and losing a loved-one. I discovered I could take my own show on the road.” A play
about the death penalty, “A Prison of the Mind,” came next and Marion played all 15
parts. Since the play represented the death penalty from all points of view, the audience
at the end was asked to express their opinions on this topic. Again the affect was
dramatic; everyone wanted to talk about what they really thought about this issue. “To
Do Something Good” was about stem cell research, human cloning and religion, very
controversial! “I discovered that part of theater for me was not only entertaining the
audience but waking them up to a part of themselves they may not have considered
before. And this was definitely my approach to my creative memoir “Hello, 31.” I
presented the story of my life in an imaginary way and my intent was to inspire the
reader to reflect upon his or her own life in much the same way as I did.

Presently, the author is working upon another important social justice issue: human
trafficking. “This is one of the most compelling issues I have ever tackled! And this
topic must be explored and uncovered!” After several years of research; riding with
under-cover task forces, talking to detectives, victims and the underworld itself, Marion is writing a fictional novel about a 15 year old girl who is abducted and the horrendous
adjustments she must make in order to survive.