Marion Ross
Marion Ross Marion Ross, better known for her role as Marion Cunningham on the ABC-TV sitcom "Happy Days", played the recurring role of Beulah Carey, Drew's mom, on "TDCS".
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Watertown, MN, U.S.
Actress/Voice artist
Years Active: 1953-present
Character information
Appeared on: The Drew Carey Show
Episodes appeared in: 15 in series, Seasons 3-9

Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) played the recurring part of Beulah Carey, Drew's mother, in a total of 15 episodes of The Drew Carey Show.

Marion is well known for her role as Marion Cunningham on the long running hit ABC-TV sitcom series Happy Days.

Early lifeEdit

Born Marian Ross in Watertown in Carver County in southern Minnesota, the daughter of Gordon and Ellen (Hamilton) Ross,[1] she lived in Waconia and then moved to Willmar and eventually to Albert Lea, Minnesota.[2] At the age of 13, she changed the spelling of her name from "Marian" to "Marion" because she thought it would look better on a marquee.


Her best known role is that of Marion Cunningham on the ABC television sitcom Happy Days, on which she starred from 1974 to 1984 and received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Prior to her success on Happy Days, Ross appeared in a variety of film roles, appearing in The Glenn Miller Story (1954), Sabrina (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Teacher's Pet (1958), Some Came Running (1958), Operation Petticoat (1959), and Honky (1971), as well as several minor television roles. Ross also starred in The Evening Star (1996), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Since the 1990s, Marion has been known for voice-over work on animated television series such as King of the Hill and SpongeBob SquarePants (where she voices the part of Grandma SquarePants) among others, and recurring roles on That '70s Show, Gilmore Girls, and Brothers & Sisters, among other guest spots.

Personal lifeEdit

Ross lives in Cardiff by the Sea, a neighborhood of the City of Encinitas, California in north San Diego County (Ross attended high school and college in San Diego). She is well known in the community, and in July 2011 was grand marshal of Cardiff Centennial Celebrations. Ross also lived in Los Angeles, California with actor Paul Michael (who died July 8, 2011).

Her two adult children also work in entertainment: Son Jim Meskimen's credits include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Marion and Jim have both acted in The Boondocks and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (though not always in the same episodes). Daughter Ellen Plummer was a writer/producer on the NBC-TV series Friends.


  1. Francisco, Mollee (January 5, 2012). ‘Happy Days’ in Carver County. Chanhassen Villager.
  2. King, Susan. "Marion Ross on 'Happy Days' and today", The Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-10-19. 

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