The second of three children, Marshall was born in Albany, Georgia. However, her formative years were spent between Amityville, New York and Atlanta, Georgia, before her family finally settled in Houston, Texas. High school was four years at the High School of The Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. That experience led to studying with the Houston Ballet and membership with the Houston Jazz Ballet Company, directed by film star Patrick Swayze's mother, highly revered dance veteran Patsy Swayze.
Marshall went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration. From that point, Marshall began to pursue her love of performing full time. Her credits include featured roles in the Broadway productions of Bob Fosse's Big Deal, Harrigan and Hart, and Porgy and Bess; and an appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Duke Ellington's production of Queenie Pie. Additionally, she had the distinguishing honor of performing with the Houston Grand Opera in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.
Prior to joining the cast of href="/guiding-light/">Guiding Light for a six-year run as Gilly Grant, Marshall appeared as Miranda on One Life to Live, and appeared in the cable special, Robert Klein on Broadway.
When not working, the free-spirited actress enjoys knitting, baking and reading. However, her one "true vice" happens to be amusement parks. She frequents them whenever her busy schedule allows and boasts an unchallenged "ride the wildest rides" record.
Dr. Janis Jeffers
One Life to Live
Toured nationally in Cats and West Side Story, Bob Fosse's Big Deal, Harrigan and Hartand Porgy and Bess; and an appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Duke Ellington's production of Queenie Pie. Other theater credits include Minor Demons, Coming Apart Together, Skyline and Applause. Additionally, she had the distinguishing honor of performing with the Houston Grand Opera in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Albany, Georgia
DATE OF BIRTH: 2 April 1958
MARITAL STATUS: Single (married to Daryl Waters from 1992 to 1995 and Kent Schaeffer from 1997 to 2001)
Family: Son Kent Marshall Dylan Schaffer (born January 1998).
EDUCATION: Attended the High School of the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration. Studied with the Houston Ballet and was a member of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company.