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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE BIG SCREEN
CEDAR CREST PROFESSOR LANDS ROLES IN TWO SUMMER 'FLICKS'

Allentown, PA (July 29, 2004) - Marion McCorry, assistant professor of performing arts at Cedar Crest College, can be seen on the big screen this summer in not one - but two major movie releases. McCorry was cast in "The Door in the Floor" starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger and in Spike Lee's new film, "She Hate Me."

Set in East Hampton, New York, "The Door in the Floor" chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of a famous children's book author and his beautiful wife whose once-great marriage is now strained by the tragic death of their two sons. McCorry appears towards the end of the film as a Hampton's native who is shopping in a bookstore and attempts to "pick up" Jeff Bridges' character.

McCorry's role in "She Hate Me" also appears toward the end of the film where she plays a conservative, opinionated senator in the courtroom scene. "She Hate Me" stars Anthony Mackie, who plays a biotech executive who blows the whistle on corporate corruption in his company. After he is fired, he is confronted with a former lover, who is now a lesbian, and he falls into her business scheme to impregnate both her and other lesbian women at $10,000 a tryst.

Marion embraces her recent experiences on camera and is eager for the opportunity to do more. "The parts that I have had are very little and these movies are certainly not about me, but it is still such a great experience to work with someone such as Spike Lee or Jeff Bridges," says McCorry.

She attributes much of her success to the supportive team that works with her. In the late 90's, McCorry connected with an agent from Los Angeles who helped the actress to land roles in television shows like "Spin City" and "Law and Order." Shortly thereafter, she joined with a management team in New York City and has found further success by having appearances in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller "Signs" and HBO's hit series "Sex and the City." Marion is working to create a reel of her work from the past few years to promote her acting career and spring to some larger roles.

"Just like any other profession, the more you audition and practice, the better you become," says McCorry. "I love acting and the entire process behind it, but you have to be willing to do the work to find these opportunities." Between teaching full-time at Cedar Crest and commuting to New York City for auditions, Marion's hectic lifestyle is testament of her advice.

For more information or to set up an interview with Marion McCorry, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media
610-740-3790
afota@cedarcrest.edu


 


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