Dominique Schilling, ‘Happy Days’ Marion Ross & ‘X-Men’ Composer John Ottman

Dominique Schilling grew up in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, and moved to Los Angeles in 1998. She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Writing, summa cum laude. She studied stage directing at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and went to film school at the New York Film Academy.

Her films have screened in festivals all over the world, receiving best film, best documentary, and best director nominations. She also directs international commercials and music videos. Dominique Schilling’s latest work is the feature film A Reason (2014) which she wrote and directed. She is co-owner of ‘Risberg Schilling Productions’, a production company which she runs with her business partner Caroline Risberg. Her father is record producer Dieter Dierks (Scorpions, Twisted Sister), her half-siblings are Michael Dierks and Michaela Dierks.

In her post-“Happy Days” years, Marion Ross reinvigorated her career on the stage. As a result, she earned renewed acclaim and respect for her roles in “Arsenic and Old Lace” (which brought her back to Broadway), “Steel Magnolias”, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “The Glass Menagerie”, “Pippin” and “Barefoot in the Park”, among others. She also toured with her one-woman show as poet Edna St. Vincent Millay entitled “A Lovely Light”. On TV, Marion found recurring flinty-like roles on Touched by an Angel (1994) (a fifth Emmy nomination), That ’70s Show (1998), The Drew Carey Show (1995), Gilmore Girls (2000) and Brothers & Sisters (2006) and also provided a voice in the cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants” as Spongebob’s grandmother. The ever-vital copper-haired octogenarian continues to reside at her country-style home she calls the “Happy Days Farm” in California’s San Fernando Valley.  She is currently starring in the feature film A Reason (2014)

John Ottman holds dual distinctions as a leading film composer and an award winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Killer and X-Men: Days of Future Past in which he also scored.

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