Biography

A more unconventional husky-voiced "scream queen" heroine of the 1980s

was Jill Schoelen, daughter of well-known fashion designer Dorothy

Schoelen. Born and raised in Burbank, she studied at the Acting for Life

Theatre in Burbank and started off on TV as a teen in the

Fame-influenced TV pilot called Best of Times (1981) (TV) starring the up-and-coming Nicolas Cage and Crispin Glover. She gained in experience with a number of innocuous films geared mostly toward the young, including D.C. Cab (1983), Thunder Alley (1985) and Hot Moves (1984). The dark-eyed, black-haired pretty with the trademark bangs wouldn't find her horror niche until hooking up with Wes Craven and his TV movie Chiller (1985) (TV). From there she scored big with the cult shocker The Stepfather (1987) wherein she played the resourceful stepdaughter terrorized by the lecherous, meek-appearing Terry O'Quinn as the title monster.

The sleeper hit put Jill on the map with a seemingly solid future, continuing on with The Phantom of the Opera (1989), this time keeping company opposite Freddy Krueger inhabiter Robert Englund as her deranged pursuer. But a few bumps in the road with such lowgrade fodder as Curse II: The Bite (1989), Cutting Class (1989) and Popcorn (1991) put a permanent damper on her career, despite coming back with a bit of grit in the thriller TV movie When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) (TV). Her object-of-a-stalker days behind her after filming Not Again! (1996), she settled comfortably back and raised two children with husband/musician/composer Anthony Marinelli.

A more unconventional husky-voiced "scream queen" heroine of the 1980s

was Jill Schoelen, daughter of well-known fashion designer Dorothy

Schoelen. Born and raised in Burbank, she studied at the Acting for Life

Theatre in Burbank and started off on TV as a teen in the

Fame-influenced TV pilot called Best of Times (1981) (TV) starring the up-and-coming Nicolas Cage and Crispin Glover. She gained in experience with a number of innocuous films geared mostly toward the young, including D.C. Cab (1983), Thunder Alley (1985) and Hot Moves (1984). The dark-eyed, black-haired pretty with the trademark bangs wouldn't find her horror niche until hooking up with Wes Craven and his TV movie Chiller (1985) (TV). From there she scored big with the cult shocker The Stepfather (1987) wherein she played the resourceful stepdaughter terrorized by the lecherous, meek-appearing Terry O'Quinn as the title monster.

The sleeper hit put Jill on the map with a seemingly solid future, continuing on with The Phantom of the Opera (1989), this time keeping company opposite Freddy Krueger inhabiter Robert Englund as her deranged pursuer. But a few bumps in the road with such lowgrade fodder as Curse II: The Bite (1989), Cutting Class (1989) and Popcorn (1991) put a permanent damper on her career, despite coming back with a bit of grit in the thriller TV movie When a Stranger Calls Back (1993) (TV). Her object-of-a-stalker days behind her after filming Not Again! (1996), she settled comfortably back and raised two children with husband/musician/composer Anthony Marinelli.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 25

Birthday 1963-03-21

Place of Birth Burbank, California, USA

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

A Taboo Identity as Herself
1994 There Goes My Baby as Babette
1993 When A Stranger Calls Back as Julia Jenz
1992 Adventures in Spying as Julie Converse
1992 The Heights (1 episode)
1992 State Of Mind as Wishman
1991 Rich Girl as Courtney
1991 Popcorn as Maggie
1989 The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Day
1989 Cutting Class as Paula Carson
1989 Curse II: The Bite as Lisa Snipes
1987 Babes In Toyland as Mary Piper / Mary Contrary
1987 The Stepfather as Stephanie Maine
1986 Shattered Spirits
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now as Angela Shepard
1985 Hell Town (1 episode)
1985 Thunder Alley as Beth
1985 Chiller as Stacey
1984 Hot Moves as Julie Ann
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1983 D.C. Cab as Claudette
1983 Great Day as Carla Simpson
1982 T. J. Hooker (1 episode)
1981 The Best of Times as Jill
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)

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