• Jill Schoelen is an American actress, born on 21 March 1963.
• She has participated in various horror flicks, earning her the title of Scream Queen.
• She is a good singer, having released her Jazz album entitled “Kelly’s Smile” in 2009.
• She was previously engaged to Brad Pitt and married to Anthony Marinelli, with whom she has two children.
• She is currently working as an actress/director and is involved in the cooking/talk show Sugar and Scream.


Jill Schoelen’s interest in music led her towards the entertainment industry, however, eventually her career focus shifted to acting. She’s participated in various horror flicks due to which Jill was given the title of Scream Queen. After getting married to Anthony Schoelen, she left the film industry and instead embarked on the journey to raise their two kids, however, the couple later divorced. Now the question remains, what has Jill Schoelen been doing since then? That is what we are going to discuss. Let’s take a look at her current life: –

Early Life

Jill Schoelen was born on 21 March 1963, in Burbank, California, USA, so her birth sign is Aries and has American Nationality. Her mother’s name is Dorothy, who is a famous designer and the owner of the Platinum brand.

Her father’s name is undisclosed, but Jill has two brothers named Todd and Mark Schoelen. She practices Roman Catholicism, and studied at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Catholic Church school; she also attended the famous Acting for Life Theatre, which is located in Burbank, California.


At the tender age of 14, Jill Schoelen entered the entertainment industry. She debuted on TV in the “The Best of Times (1981)”, after which she participated in various movies such as “D.C. Cab (1983)”, “Chiller (1985)”, “That Was Then… This Is Now (1985)” and “Babes in Toyland (1986)”, etc. In 1987 she appeared in the critically acclaimed thriller “The Stepfather” as the fascinating Stephanie Maine, which considerably increased her popularity.  Her next major hit was “The Phantom of the Opera (1989)” in which she played the role of Christine Day, and left a deep impression on the audience.

Her other prominent works were in “Cutting Class (1989)”, “Popcorn (1991)”, “When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)” and “There Goes My Baby (1994).” In 1992 she also appeared in the comedy movie “Adventure in Spying”, which highlighted her ability to adapt to different genres. She also guest-starred in episodes of various TV series, including “T.J. Hooker (1982)”,” Murder She Wrote (1984-1986)”, “The Heights (1992)” and “Diagnosis: Murder (1993-2001)” etc. In 2016 she also participated in Ken Reid’s “T.V. Guidance Podcast”.

Music Career

Along with acting, Schoelen is a good singer as well. On various occasions, she demonstrated her skills, for example in “Babes in Toyland (1986)” in which Jill sang several cheerful songs. She also performed melodious music in “Curse 2: The Bite (1989)”, and rock tunes in “Rich Girl (1991)”, and also participated in the prestigious musical “Pepper Street”.

Jill Schoelen

In 2009 she released her Jazz album entitled “Kelly’s Smile”, dedicated to her childhood friend Kelly Troup; they grew up in the same neighborhood. During an interview with crypticrock, Jill Schoelen stated that ‘I had actually done a fair amount of music prior to that, but I never made an actual record. I had left the business, and I was going through a pretty tough time. My best friend passed away, Kelly Troup, the name of the record is Kelly’s Smile. That song, “Kelly’s Smile,” is written by her dad, who is famed for writing the hit song “Route 66.’


Jill was nominated for Best Young Actress in a Family Film (1983) and Best Young Actress in a Horror Motion Picture Award (1986). In 1987 she won the Best Actress Award at Catalonian International Film Festival, held in Spain.

Ex-Boyfriend and Fiancée

In 1986 Keanu Reeves and Jill Schoelen met each other on the set of “Babes in Toyland”. They supposedly dated each other for three years, but then parted on apparently good terms. Jill and Brad Pitt were co-stars in the “Cutting Class”, started dating and eventually became engaged, however, three-month months later Schoelen broke off the engagement. The reason behind this was that she had fallen in love with a movie director. Brad Pitt, in an interview, stated that ‘I was so shocked I said, ‘I’m outta here.’. He also pointed out that this was an excellent character-building experience for him.

Ex-Husband Anthony Marinelli

Anthony Marinelli is a famous musician, composer and conductor. At a very young age, he came in contact with various styles of composition, and analyzed them.

At the beginning of his career, he composed/performed accompaniments for numerous albums, e.g. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Anthony has also worked with several music legends such as Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Herb Alpert, Supertramp, and James Brown.

Early Life

Anthony Marinelli was born on 19 March 1959, Burbank, California, USA. His father was Carmine Marinelli who was Italian-born, so Anthony holds dual American and Italian nationality. His father worked as a property master at the Dorothy Chandler Performing Arts Center. Anthony developed an interest in his father’s work, and as a result was exposed to ballads, operas and musicals, etc. At the age of nine Marinelli started attending the Annual Academy Award Ceremonies with his family,, and became acquainted with various renowned artists such as Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Zubin Mehta and Katharine Hepburn.


At the age of six, Anthony started learning piano, and from 1967 to 1975 he studied under Lowndes Maury. He matriculated from Providence High School in 1977, then attended the University of Southern California School of Music, learning piano and composition, however, withdrew without graduating, but continued studying music. Marinelli also played with the Night Flight band in Los Angeles Jazz Circuit, which featured Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves. In 2001 he was one of the ten conductors selected for the fourth annual Broadcast Music Inc.

Career as a Synthesizer

Anthony developed an interest in Synthesizers at a very young age. He and Brian Banks became a duo, famous for their synthesizer performances, and also teamed-up with Arthur B. Rubinstein and crafted the first-ever digital synthesized score, “Blue Thunder” released in 1983.

Later, the trio teamed up with Cynthia Morrow and created the Beepers, and were involved in the development of the Wargames’s soundtrack. Marinelli and Banks also created Orchestral Mockup, focused on crafting the complete music score, used in the “Color Purple” for Quincy Jones’s soundtrack. This method brought a revolution in the film industry. During an interview with Hollywood Reporter Marinelli stated that “As far as we know, this was the first time this had ever been done”.

Orchestra and Conduction Career

Anthony was also an excellent conductor, working on various movies such as “Flynn (1993)”, “Scar City (1998)” and “The Runner (1999)”. His orchestral works are “In the Family Way (2006)” and “Chapter 27 (2007)”, plus several film soundtracks.

Music Studios

Initially, Marinelli set up his studio at his parent’s house, then shifted to the Hollywood area, and Sonar Productions was born, carrying out individual and group projects.

In 1993 Marinelli created the brand name Music Forever. then in 1998 co-established Levels Audio Post, focused on providing post-production services. With Brian Riordan he co-founded Levels Audio Post in July 1999, and worked on various projects such as “Viva La Bam (2003)”. “Hilary Duff’s Island Bash (2003)” and “The MTV Movie Awards (2003)”. Brian Riordan was nominated for an Emmy Award for the mixing work he did on “American Idol (2003)” and “The Academy Awards Show (2004)”. In August 2004 Riordan bought Marinelli’s interest in the Level Audio Post.


Marinelli has won several Awards, including Cannes Silver (1992), AICP (1994), ADDY (1994) and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series Award, as well as numerous nominations.

Marriage and Children

Anthony Marinelli and Jill Schoelen married on 17 October 1993, and had two children named Dante and Zach, however, after nine years the couple divorced on 15 December 2002. Marinelli married his second wife, actress Cynthia Noor Gomes on 6 September 2013, and they have one child.

Physical Features

Jill Schoelen’s hair color is black, and her eyes are brown. She has a slim body, with a height of 6ft 1in (1.83m), and weight around 143lbs (65kgs). Jill’s dress size is 6.

Net worth

In 2020, Jill’s net worth is around $1 million – her ex-husband has a net worth estimated at $15 million.

What is Jill Schoelen currently up to

Jill is currently working as an actress/director. In 2020 year she will co-host with Suzana Synder  Sugar and Scream, a cooking/talk show in which they will welcome various sci-fi and horror celebrities.

Social Media

  • If you are interested in finding out more about Jill, visit her Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts, on which she regularly posts updates regarding her everyday life.
  • Interesting Facts about Jill
  • She has a dog named Hercules.
  • Jill currently lives in Los Angles with her two kids.
  • Her mother has Sweden-Mexican ethnic background, whereas her father is of German lineage.
  • Jill’s agency is called Arlene Thornton Agency
  • In 1985 she appeared in a TV commercial called Cody Milk Musk.
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