Marion Eileen Ross (born October 25, 1928; age 91) is a former SpongeBob SquarePants cast member. She voiced Grandma SquarePants, SpongeBob's paternal grandmother, in the episodes "Grandma's Kisses," "BlackJack," "The Abrasive Side," and "Pet Sitter Pat" and the video game Employee of the Month. Since 2018, Ross has been retired from television, and her character has been limited to non-speaking appearances and off-screen mentions.
Marion, born Marian Eileen Ross was born in Watertown, Carver County, Minnesota to Gordon and Ellen (Hamilton) Ross. She lived in Waconia and then moved to Willmar. Eventually, she also moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota. She had change her name to Marion at the age of thirteen. After completing her sophomore high school year, she'd move to Minneapolis, Minnesota studying drama at the MacPhail Center for the Arts and attending Southwest High School. A year later, her family moved to San Diego, California. She graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego.
Ross enrolled at San Diego State University, where she was named the school's most outstanding actress. After graduation in 1950, she performed in summer theater in La Jolla, California. The director was impressed by her talent and recommended that she try for work in films.
Ross was previously married to Freeman Morse, who having two children named Ellen Plummer and Jim Meskimen.
Prior to her SpongeBob SquarePants work, 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. Before 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, one of which was on television’s The Lone Ranger (1954). Ross also starred in The Evening Star (1996), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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