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Why Emma Dutton From 1923 Looks So Familiar

In Season 1 of "1923," Emma Dutton, wife of John Dutton Sr. (James Badge Dale) and mother to Jack Dutton (Darren Mann), is a loyal member of the Dutton family, and she and Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren) work together to keep everything working smoothly at the Yellowstone Ranch. While she doesn't have a major presence, it's obvious she's dependable and an essential part of the ranch, helping Cara with the household chores and meals.

But after her husband is killed in Season 1, Episode 3, it's as if a light has been extinguished in Emma, along with her reason for living. Even when Cara tries to give her a pep talk, encouraging her to snap out of it for the sake of her son, Emma is listless, telling Cara that he has a woman and doesn't need her anymore. A short time later, we hear a gunshot from Emma's room and realize she has died by suicide.

Marley Shelton, the actress that portrays Emma, is capable of so much with just her eyes and facial expressions. Some fans will recognize her immediately, but others may be surprised to discover how many popular films and series she's been in.

She was in the coming of age film The Sandlot

Marley Shelton made her film debut in Oscar-nominated Lawrence Kasdan's film "Grand Canyon" in 1991, but it was her portrayal of Wendy Peffercorn in "The Sandlot" two years later that really grabbed viewers' attention. The beloved coming-of-age film is about a group of friends who bond over playing baseball together in the summer, and Shelton plays the "older" love interest of Michael 'Squints' Palledorous (Chauncey Leopardi). All the boys are enamored with the beautiful lifeguard in the red bathing suit, but for Squints, it's something more.

Every time Squints walks past the local swimming pool, he stares longingly at Wendy, and she always smiles back. But one day, Squints has had enough and fakes drowning to get Wendy's attention. After she pulls him out of the pool and gives him CPR, he suddenly stops faking and pulls Wendy in for a kiss. Wendy, disgusted, calls Squints a pervert and kicks him out of the pool but gives him an exasperated little wave and smile while he stares at her outside the fence. A voiceover reveals that eventually, Squints and Wendy get married and have nine kids together.

While the scene was a joke — and succeeded in 1993 — in the post #MeToo world, many viewers now look at the forced kiss with much less humor.

She played Tobey Maguire's girlfriend in Pleasantville

In 1998 Shelton played Margaret Henderson, Tobey Maguire's character David's girlfriend in the 1950s family sitcom-style town of "Pleasantville." Margaret is, like the rest of the citizens of the town, in black and white. While David and his sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) initially agree to stay in character as Bud and Mary Sue when they enter the TV world, it doesn't take long for them to begin disrupting the status flow, which includes David's relationship with Margaret. He's watched the show enough to know that Margaret is interested in Whitey (David Tom), but when she shows interest in David by baking him cookies, he decides to ask her out.

David and Margaret drive to Lover's Lane, where they discover most of nature has changed, with the flowers and trees in vibrant colors. Many of the people have already changed, also. When it begins to rain, which Pleasantville has never seen, David shows everyone that it's safe, and Margaret ventures out to play in the rain, delighted, which causes her to change into color.

Shelton's role in "Pleasantville" is to be the beautiful, sweet girlfriend, which she portrays perfectly. By the film's ending, David decides to leave and go back to the real world, telling Margaret goodbye.

She played a bank robbing cheerleader in Sugar & Spice

After minor roles in "Never Been Kissed" and "The Bachelor," Marley Shelton was cast as one of the lead characters in the 2001 teenage black comedy "Sugar & Spice." Starring alongside up-and-coming actresses Mena Suvari, Melissa George, and Rachel Blanchard, Shelton portrayed cheerleader Diane Weston. She and her boyfriend, quarterback Jack (James Madsen), discover she's pregnant and are determined to do things on their own. When Diane realizes it's harder than she thought, she enlists her fellow cheerleaders, the A-Squad, to help her out — by robbing a bank.

"Diane kind of represents the American princess at large. She's sort of the umbrella of all, what we think of when we think of the cheerleader, the American cheerleader," Shelton told Hollywood.com. The movie had its fans but was dismissed by critics and audiences for the most part, only making $16 million on a budget of $11 million.

"Sugar & Spice" had its issues behind the scenes, with the film being almost wholly rewritten after the Columbine school shootings. The decision caused the film's writer, Lona Williams, to take her name off the film. Instead, it's credited to the pseudonym Mandy Nelson (via Buzzfeed).

She battled zombies in Planet Terror

In the next few years, Marley Shelton's career began to pick up steam, with the actress co-starring in "Just a Kiss" with Kyra Sedgewick and Marisa Tomei and taking on minor roles in "Sin City" and "The Last Kiss." In 2007 she got the role of Dr. Dakota Block in the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino double feature, "Grindhouse." While she starred in Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," her character also appears briefly in Tarantino's "Death Proof." Dakota secretly plans to leave her violent husband, William (Josh Brolin), for her lover, Tammy (Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson), when a biochemical toxin is released during a deal gone wrong, turning everyone into zombies. Despite her hands being rendered useless after William injects them with anesthesia, she manages to escape and joins Cherry (Rose McGowan) and a group of survivors.

Shelton had known Rodriguez for years, having auditioned for "The Faculty," and then he asked her to play the Customer in "Sin City." "That ["Sin City"] was such a beautiful experience and a pure artistic one, and then Robert wanted to work with me again on "Grindhouse," she told Fangoria. "It was just one of those great stories where you get to work with the same director and you develop a shorthand of communication."

Shelton became a survivor in Scream 4

After playing the role of Cora in "Women in Trouble," Marley Shelton reprised her role in "Elektra Luxx" the following year. She also had roles in "W." and "A Perfect Getaway" before entering the "Scream" franchise as the awkward Deputy Judy Hicks in 2011's "Scream 4." Judy has a crush on Dewey and keeps baking him treats, telling him, "You're not cheating on your wife if you eat my lemon square." She has an antagonistic relationship with Dewey's wife, Gale (Courteney Cox), and fawns over Dewey every chance she gets. By the film's end, she's one of the few survivors, and she's proven to Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale, and Dewey that she's a reliable ally.

"He was the coolest," Shelton told Bloody Disgusting about working with Wes Craven on his final "Scream" film. "He's so brilliant and personable. He has such a philosophy about the value of horror films. Psychologically, for audiences, he really believes that they're a cathartic healthy thing for our psyche. It was just awesome to participate in his vision, of course. I was a huge fan of the Scream franchise, so I just felt honored."

She became another Ghostface victim in Scream

Marley Shelton began doing more television in the 2010s, with starring roles in the short-lived series "The Lottery" and "Rise," along with guest appearances in "Mad Men" and "Manhunt." In 2022 she returned to the rebooted "Scream" franchise. Promoted to Woodsboro's Sheriff, Judy's high-school-aged son, Wes (Dylan Minnette), is friends with the group that is being attacked by the newest Ghostface killer. While she warns her son to be cautious, Ghostface ends up taunting her and it isn't long before she and Wes become the killer's second and third victims.

The first film in the series since Wes Craven died in 2015 and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Shelton "jumped at the chance to work with them," telling Bloody Disgusting, "They did such a great job capturing that similar tone of being funny and scary at the same time, which is so unique to the Scream movies. What a perfect idea to have these guys direct this and infuse it obviously with their own style and creativity. But also carry on Wes' legacy."