Something About Alison
by Elaine Weeks (photos supplied
by M. Aston)
Alison Lohman, Marion’s Hollywood granddaughter
Marion Aston’s ten grandchildren, Alison Lohman, is a
rising young Hollywood actress. She recently starred in “White
Oleander,” a movie about a young girl (played by Alison) who
must go into foster care when her single mom, played by Michelle
Pfeiffer, kills her boyfriend.
the opportunity her grandmother Marion would have loved to have
gone into acting. When she was a little girl, she and her younger
sister put on plays in their backyard. Their audience was the neighbour
kids who were charged 5 cents admission.
was the queen, princess, snow white, etc.” recalls Marion.
“I made my sister Dopey. At one point my mother came out and
said that wasn’t fair. She insisted that I let my sister be
the queen. I was devastated!”
years later when she was married to Curt, Marion and her husband
were at a big affair in Los Angeles. As Marion was returning to
the bar from the ladies’ room a woman approached and said
Mr. So and So would like to talk to her.
I didn’t know who Mr. So and So was,” says Marion with
a smile, “and I told her that. The woman explained that he
was a director and would like to interview me about a war movie
he was making. I walked over and met him and he said he was interested
in having me play a nurse in his movie.”
remarking how interesting that was since she really was a nurse,
the director gave her his card and asked her to call. When Marion
talked to her husband about what had happened, he said “Absolutely
not!” So she didn’t pursue it. Instead she took a John
Roberts Powers modeling course. “I had to do something other
than stay home all the time,” she explains. “I did some
modeling for many years just for fun.”
Marion’s daughter Diane
(Alison’s mother) & husband Gary Lohman
Marion left San Diego for Florida, her baby grand piano was passed
on to her daughter Diane. That was when six year-old Alison began
to show her many talents. Not only did she excel in playing, it
became apparent she could sing too.
became a fabulous singer with an absolutely beautiful voice,”
says Marion. “When she was 10 she sang at Frank Sinatra’s
birthday. She was fine as long as she didn’t look at him.”
began to do theatre in Palm Springs and even as a child, she captivated
the audience. “She was shy but she would get on the stage
and become a completely different person,” recalls Marion.
“She would look at that audience and she would just come alive!”
was excited for Alison when her film career started. “Dragonfly”
with Kevin Costner was her first movie. She had her head shaved
for her role and donated her long blonde hair to the Cancer Society
to be made into a wig for patients who had lost their hair. Unfortunately
her part was cut from the film because it was felt that it wasn’t
contributing enough to the story.
Alison (with short hair) with her grandmother
Marion and cousins
went about her life with her bald head, not bothering wearing a
wig. She couldn’t believe how kind people were because they
thought she had cancer. She found it to be a very remarkable experience.
just grew as a person from the experience,” says Marion. “And
now look where she is today.”