Marianna Hill

Marianna Hill (born February 9, 1942), sometimes credited as Mariana Hill, is a retired American actress[2] who has predominantly worked in American television and is known for her starring role in the feature western film High Plains Drifter (1973) as well as many roles on television series in the 1960s and 1970s.

Marianna Hill
Hill in Black Zoo (1963)
Marianna Schwarzkopf

(1942-02-09) February 9, 1942
Santa Barbara de Nexe, Portugal[1]
Other namesMariana Hill
Marianne Hill
Marianna Renfred
Years active19602005
WebsiteOfficial website

Early years

Hill was born Marianna Schwarzkopf in Santa Barbara de Nexe, Portugal[3] to architect Frank Schwarzkopf and Mary Hawthorne Hill, a writer who worked as a script doctor. U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a cousin. Her father, a building contractor, worked in several countries, which resulted in Hill's education in California, Spain, and Canada. During her teenage years her family settled in southern California when her father purchased a restaurant there.[4]


Hill's initial acting experience came when she was an apprentice at the Laguna Playhouse. She then worked three summers at the La Jolla Playhouse and later gained more experience at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.[4] She was a life member of The Actors Studio[5] as of January 1980.

She adopted her mother's surname ("Hill") as her professional surname. She has appeared in more than 70 films and television episodes, most recently in Chief Zabu (2016). Her film debut came in Married Too Young (1962).[4] She played Gabrielle in the Howard Hawks film, Red Line 7000 (1965) and co-starred in the Elvis Presley films Roustabout (1964) and Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966); the western El Condor (1970); the Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter (1973) as Callie Travers; and in The Godfather Part II (1974) as Deanna Dunn-Corleone.[6]

Hill guest-starred in several 1960s sitcoms, including My Three Sons, Hogan's Heroes and Love American Style, as well as in the original Star Trek series ("Dagger of the Mind", 1966, as Dr. Helen Noel) and Perry Mason ("The Case of the Greek Goddess", 1963, as Theba). She guest-starred in Bonanza, Death Valley Days, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T., Kung Fu, The Outer Limits, Mannix, Batman, Daniel Boone, The Tall Man and the first pilot movie for Harry O.[7]



  1. "Medium Cool: An Interview with Actress Marianna Hill".
  2. Variety Staff (December 31, 1969). "Review: 'The Traveling Executioner'". Variety.
  3. "Medium Cool: An Interview with Actress Marianna Hill".
  4. Lisanti, Tom (2007). Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood: Seventy-Five Profiles. McFarland. pp. 93–96. ISBN 9781476612416. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  6. "Marianna Hill profile". The New York Times.
  7. Marianna Hill on IMDb
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