Shary Marshall 1935 – 2014

Shary Marshall: born Sharlayne Adell Williamson 29 March 1935, Monmouth Oregon; died Shari Santilli 31 May 2014, Laguna Hills California. Moving to Hollywood after winning a beauty contest, she had two TV credits in 1958 as ‘Shary Layne’, before appearing uncredited in Gidget (1959).

Shary made over 40 television appearances between 1958 and 1967. From 1958 – 1961 she was credited as Shary Layne; from 1962 – 1967 she was credited as Shary Marshall – Marshall was her father’s first name.

Her few feature films included Panic In Year Zero (1962) with Frankie Avalon and Mary Mitchel, and Sam Katzman‘s Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964) directed by Gene Nelson and starring George Hamilton and Susan Oliver.

In June 1966, she was arrested with then boyfriend and heavyweight boxer Eddie Machen for public drunkeness after an altercation at an all-night restaurant in Los Angeles.

In the late 1960s she moved backed to the North-West and married realtor Armand Santilli (1923 – 2013) in North Bonneville, Washington, 12 January 1970. It was her third marriage and lasted 43 years until her husband’s death at 90 years of age.

Six months after her husband died, Shary Santilli died after a suffering a stroke at her daughter’s house in California.

Shary’s only child, daughter Christina (born 3 March 1960), was, like her mother, a beauty queen:

April 13, 1978: Lincoln High School students chose Christina Maria Santilli, 18, as their Rose Festival princess Wednesday. The petite, 5-foot-1 princess is the only child of Armand and Shary Santilli. Her father is a real estate broker with hos own business, Magna Carta Realty.


Santilli, Sharlayne ‘Shari’ Adell 79 Mar. 29, 1935 May 31, 2014 Shari Santilli passed away peacefully May 31, 2014, at home in Laguna Hills, Calif., as the result of a stroke. Her daughter was at her bedside.

Shari, 79, was born March 29, 1935, in Monmouth and was a loving wife, mother and successful actress. She was preceded in death by her husband, Armand Santilli; and is survived by her daughter, Christina Lewis; sister, Penelope Foyston; and grandsons, Morgan and Christian Lewis.

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 333 S.W. Skyline Blvd., Portland. A reception will immediately follow at 8921 N.W. Benson St., Portland.

The Oregonian, [Portland, OR], June 29, 2014

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