|novelro·mancen.by Emily Skopov|
Emmy Award winning actress Mariette Hartley is recognized as one of the most versatile actresses in the industry. As an enduring star on stage, in five television series, countless television movies, and more than a dozen feature films, Mariette began her career as one of the last performers to be signed to MGM Studios. Her feature film credits span all genres, from Sam Peckingpah’s classic “Ride the High Country” and Alfred Hitchocock’s “Marnie” to “Encino Man.” She was also nominated for a Genie Award (Canada’s Oscars) for her role opposite Alan Arkiin in “Improper Channels.”
Live theatre was Hartley’s first love and she started her career as a protégé of Eva LaGalienne and a member of John Houseman’s American Shakespeare Festival. Recent stage appearances include a starring role in the Broadway production of “Cabaret,” and the National Tour of the award winning “Copenhagen” which earned her a Helen Hayes Award and the League of American Theatres and Producers National Touring Broadway Award. Earlier this year she thrilled L.A. audiences and critics alike with her one-woman show, “If You Get To Bethlehem You’ve Gone Too Far.” A national tour is in the works. She is currently starring in the world premier of "The 60’s" at the Pacific Resident Theatre.
Hartley has appeared in dozens of television shows from "M*A*S*H" and “The Incredible Hulk” to multiple episodes of “Law and Order: SVU” as well as such MOW’s as “Silence of the Heart” and “MADD: The Candy Lightner Story.” A three-time Clio Award winner for her Polaroid commercials with James Garner, she also hosted the CBS Morning Program and the acclaimed “Healthy Solutions” television series.
One of the country’s foremost advocates for the mentally ill, she has spoken before thousands of people to increase public awareness and understanding about this illness, and has been honored by countless organizations for her efforts. She is the national spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which presented her with its Humanitarian Award for her outstanding work in the field of suicide prevention and research.
Mariette Hartley is also involved with the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, SOJOURN, M.A.D.D., and she hosted an educational video entitled “How To Stop The One You Love From Drinking And Using Drugs,” which is part of Paramount Home Video’s ongoing “Strong Families, Safe Families” series. She was also named Outstanding Mother of the Year by the National Mother’s Day committee, in Washington D.C.
Her autobiography, “Breaking The Silence” published by Putnam was a best seller in hard cover and paperback. Because of her candor and humor, she is now one of the most highly sought-after motivational speakers in the country. Hartley’s accomplishments were recognized with the installation of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.