Elaine Miles

Actor
Stout Native-American actress known for her portrayal of Marilyn Whirlwind on the series "Northern Exposure". Miles, who is one-half Cayuse and one-half Nez Perce, began her acting career after her mother auditioned for ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1960 in Pendleton, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (7)

Tortilla Heaven 2007 (Movie)

Caridad (Actor)

The Business of Fancydancing 2002 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Smoke Signals 1998 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Mad Love 1995 (Movie)

Housekeeper (Actor)

Northern Exposure 1989 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Scattering Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Wyvern (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stout Native-American actress known for her portrayal of Marilyn Whirlwind on the series "Northern Exposure". Miles, who is one-half Cayuse and one-half Nez Perce, began her acting career after her mother auditioned for the part of Marilyn, and the producers felt that her daughter would better suit the role. Miles' ability to convey emotions without having to say much serves as a change of pace on a show where being verbal is being seen.

Relationships

Armenia Miles

Mother
auditioned for the role of Marilyn but lost to her daughter cast instead in the recurring role of Mrs. Anku on "Northern Exposure"

Milestones

2002

Appeared in "Skins", helmed by Chris Eyre and screened at Sundance

1998

Played supporting role in "Smoke Signals", the first mainstream feature written, directed and starring American Indians, directed by Chris Eyre and screened at Sundance

1998

Had featured role in the CBS movie "Scattering Dad"

1995

Feature acting debut as the housekeeper in "Mad Love"

1990

Made acting debut as receptionist Marilyn Whirlwind on CBS "Northern Exposure"

Grew up as a member of the Umatilla tribe, one of three living on her reservation

SIMILAR ARTICLES