American actress Marley Shelton was born on April 12, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were heavily involved in local theater, but she wasn’t initially interested to performing on stage. During her high school years, she was a varsity cheerleader. She somehow gravitated towards acting during her late teens, making appearances in both television and film. She made her acting debut in 1990, appearing in an episode of the comedy The Family Man; the following year she appeared in her first film, the crime drama Grand Canyon.
Most of Shelton’s early films were aimed at a teenage audience; these include Never Been Kissed, Valentine, Sugar & Spice and Bubble Boy. Some of her notable early roles include the 1993 coming-of-age film The Sandlot, where she played lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn; and the 1997 fantasy film Warriors of Virtue, where she played Princess Elysia. Her films in most of the 2000s were low-budget and independent releases—Dallas 362, The Old Man and the Studio, Moving Alan—with the exception of several other films. She had major roles in the film adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, and in both segments of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double-biller Grindhouse. She also starred in Uptown Girls and American Dreamz.
Shelton has also had some success with television. Her early career was also dotted with several guest roles in prime time shows, and she would continue to do the same in the latter part of her career. Notably, she was originally cast as press liaison Annabeth Schott in The West Wing; this role would later be given to Kristin Chenowith. Most recently, she got the female lead role in the science-based drama series Eleventh Hour; she played the role of Rachel Young, the assistant and bodyguard of top government scientist Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell).