She was the picture of grace and class, with a kind soul to match, and Markie Post was one of my first TV crushes.

Regrettably, Markie died in 2021 at the age of 70.

The adored actress struggled mightily to survive during her final years.

The gorgeous Markie Post was one of the series’ biggest performers, and Night Court was the kind of comedy that had you grinning from beginning to end.

Markie’s acting career hit new heights while portraying Public Defender Christine Sullivan on the popular NBC sitcom; she portrayed the role from 1977 to 1992 in 159 episodes.


Markie Post was one of my first TV crushes because she epitomized elegance and class and had a kind spirit to match.

Sadly, Markie passed away in 2021 at the age of 70.

Throughout her closing years, the beloved actress fought valiantly to stay alive.

Night Court was the type of comedy that had you smiling from start to finish, and the stunning Markie Post was one of the show’s top actors.

In the 159 episodes from 1977 to 1992 of the well-known NBC comedy in which she played Public Defender Christine Sullivan, Markie’s acting career reached new heights.

The actress was originally named Marjorie Post when she was born, but she began going by Markie as a child because her siblings had trouble pronouncing her name.

She was a cheerleader in high school. Mostly as a result of her academic upbringing, she majored in physics in college, but she admitted she “did quite poorly.”

Markie Post attends the 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on March 21, 1988, at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

”I was intimidated by my father. He’s the dearest man in the world, and he tried to help me through math and equations. But constantly muttering ‘It’s so easy!’ didn’t make it easy for me,” she said.’

She only did behind-the-scenes work in her early forays into the entertainment industry. Markie worked as a staff member and researcher on game programs like Split Second and Double Dare before beginning her acting career.

When Markie Post visited Bill Tush in the 1980s, she said, “I learned more researching that game show than I did in four years of college.”

Her efforts ultimately resulted in cameos on shows like Hart to Hart and Cheers. Markie shifted to performing full-time in 1977. Through her portrayal of bonded bondswoman Terri Michaels on The Fall Guy, Markie Post truly cemented her place in television history.

Markie’s career took off with the fantasy series, which was published from 1982 to 1986. However, not long after making her television debut on The Fall Guy, she grew tired of portraying Terri and began looking for jobs that would be more difficult.

”I am very functionary on the show,” Markie told The Times and Democrat in 1984.

”I am like the tape at the beginning of Mission: Impossible. But, on occasion, they bring me into the caper and that makes it more exciting.”

Markie signed the agreement that would alter her existence in 1985. Markie was persuaded by NBC producers to play the new female protagonist in the third season of Night Court after a well-received guest appearance on the show’s second season.

Markie’s outstanding performance on Night Court contributed to her meteoric rise to fame.

She told the Courier-Post in 1986, ”Audiences are crazy about our show.”

She had worked arduously to rise to the top; for her performance on the ABC sitcom, she received a salary of $400,000.

Actress Markie Post and husband writer Michael A. Ross (Getty Images)

”I was not a big visualizer. I was sort of a leap-in-and-see-what-happens kind of person. Honestly, I used to characterize myself in terms of my career as being like Wile E. Coyote, running out on a cliff and everything’s groovy until you look down and then you fall. So I just was not going to look down and just keep working, trying to take things as they came,” she told Patch in 2011.

Markie, who starred as the sympathetic public defense of Christine Sullivan, won the hearts of many young men. She had excellent acting abilities and, like many actors from the 1980s, was also breathtakingly beautiful. Mind you, Markie thought she wasn’t anything exceptional.

I’m not a seductive vixen. Every day at the grocery store, I see females who are prettier than I am, Markie once remarked.

She nevertheless really shone through the television screen with her breathtaking attractiveness, which launched her into a successful acting career. She attempted to blend the personalities of her mother and father into one while working as an actress.

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”My passionate, emotional side, that’s my mother’s, but it’s tempered by my father’s logic and precision,” she explained.

Her acting credits speak for themselves, covering more than three decades of her career. She may be best known for portraying the mother in the 1998 cult film There’s Something About Mary, which appeals to younger audiences.

Longtime marriage

Markie had an admirable marriage in addition to a fruitful job in Hollywood. When she encountered Michael A. Ross at an acting class in the early 1980s, everything began. Following their marriage, they made their home in Toluca Lake, outside of Los Angeles, close to Bob Hope’s home.

Beautiful girls Kate and Daisy Ross were raised by Markie and Michael A. Ross. The on-screen couple enjoyed a happy marriage and frequently helped one another out in their professions by teaming up.


When asked about the secret behind her long marriage in 2011, Markie replied:

”We just decided that no matter what, dead or alive, we’re getting to the end of our lives together. You have that as your goal, you know that it’s going to be boring sometimes. You know it’s going to be hard. You can get on each other’s nerves. All that stuff is sort of a given. It is. You can’t be spoiled and think that life is always going to be wonderful all the time, but if it’s wonderful 80 percent of the time, you’re really lucky.”

Before tragedy hit, Markie Post and Michael Ross had been married for 39 years.

Post Markie’s passing

Markie tragically died on August 7, 2021, just three months before her 71st birthday.

She suffered from illness for the last few years of her existence. She battled cancer for four years, but she made an effort to lead a normal life despite suffering through chemotherapy. What type of cancer she had is unclear.

Before her passing, she continued to work on some TV projects, according to Deadline. She had a regular guest spot on the ABC sitcom The Kids Are Alright, among other things.


“But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments, and showed us how to be kind, loving, and forgiving in an often harsh world,” her family said in a statement.

Markie, who referred to her cancer therapy as her “side job,” fought bravely until the end. Many of Markie’s shocked friends gave tribute to her after her passing.

Melissa Joan Hart, who starred alongside Markie in Holiday in Handcuffs, left one of the most heartbreaking notes.

“I’m heartbroken to lose an angel here on earth! My dear friend and TV mother [Markie Post] are finally at rest after a long hard battle with cancer. I can’t describe what she meant to me, the friendship we had, and the kindness she demonstrated to me. Love you so much Markie! You will be forever missed!,” Melissa wrote on Instagram.


Every time I saw Markie on a program or in interviews, she always struck me as being so kind, strong, and confident.

I’m very sorry to learn about her passing. She is battling cancer, which I was unaware of. She was such a talented performer, and I always loved seeing her in action.

Markie, may you rest in serenity and be recognized for your contributions to the arts.

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