Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her parents were involved in local theater projects, but as a teen, Marley was never interested in life on the stage. While at Eagle Rock High School, she was a varsity cheerleader, was voted Prom Queen and held part-time jobs at stores.
Shelton first captured the attention of film-goers as Margaret, Tobey Maguire's love interest, in New Line's critically-acclaimed film, Pleasantville, and has continued to appear in roles that show her versatility as an actress.
Shelton attended UCLA, where she majored in Film and Theatre. She supported herself through small parts in feature films, television movies and episodic appearances. Her hobby grew into a passion while she studied acting with Larry Moss and, as a result, she decided to pursue a career as an actress.
Shelton resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters