Actress Elaine Miles

Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 10, 2011

My husband and I were big fans of Northern Exposure. What happened to Elaine Miles, who played Marilyn Whirlwind?
—Karen Aldridge, Jamestown, Calif.

Since the 1990-95 TV series went off the air, Miles, 51, has worked in films and TV movies including Smoke Signals, Skins and Wyvern. The native of Pendleton, Ore., was raised in the Seattle area and is a member of the Cayuse and Nez Perce tribes and an accomplished beader and corn-husk weaver. She is a motivational speaker on wellness issues and also does standup comedy. Miles has made two Rez Robics health and fitness videos that mix powwow dancing and martial arts with traditional aerobics moves. Watch for her in the upcoming movie Fishing Naked, a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist, which is set for a 2012 release.