Sporting shocking pink hair back in the 80’s, Marloe Scott-Wilson was known as The Pink Lady back in the day - known as a South-African singer, actress and voice artist. And now she can add ambassador to this long list of achievements.
Scott-Wilson recently joined Gateway Health Institute as their second well-known ambassador. Her passion has always been people looking good and being healthy – that’s why she immediately agreed to work specifically on Nutrion and Food Security, one of GHI’s staple projects.
“After owning an organic herb nursery and my own restaurant in Phalaborwa, I now live on a farm in the mountains of Limpopo with three horses, four dogs and three cats. I grow organic vegetables and herbs for the table and am developing my farm on permaculture principles and slowly getting our home off the grid,” Scott-Wilson said.
While she is currently working on her art (Scott-Wilson is a famed artist, with some of her artworks adorning the walls of the rich and famous), she is also known for the work she’s been doing in rural communities in Limpopo to uplift the poor and bring about change in their lives. Not many know that she is also mother to the Grammy-nominated South-African singer, Jennifer Jones.
“Cooking is one of my greatest passions. When I take time out from the kitchen or the garden, I love to paint. There is a line from a song that says ‘While you’re helping your brother, your own hurt is gone away’. Imagine if you stopped worrying about your weight and started caring about others what a world this would be!”
According to dr. Coen Louw, GHI’s medical director, the addition of Scott-Wilson to our ambassadors corps signals an exciting period for the company. Scott-Wilson joins actress and philanthropist Shaleen Surtie-Richards as ambassador.
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Marloe Scott-Wilson, an icon for style, also known with reverence to many as the ever glamorous and incomparably cool ‘Pink Lady’, has been an inspirational figure to South African artists, musicians and performers since 1980.
She landed her first starring role in the sensational, original rock-opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” as Mary Magdalene in England in 1978, a role that thrust her onto the international celebrity scene and endeared her to not only South Africans but the whole world as a gleaming standard of elegance and grace. While still in England she recorded an album that went to the charts in Germany and returning to her beloved country, embarked upon an awareness campaign for “Beauty Without Cruelty” that took her around the country on a motorbike.
One might also remember Scott-Wilson as one of the stars of the musical “They’re Playing Our Song”, written by Neil Simon and first performed on Broadway, for which she won the Gallo Award in 1980.
Moving back to South Africa provided the Pink Lady with a new direction on screen. Marloe began a new chapter in her stellar career with the South African series “Life Begins at 40”, co-starring Clive Scott. She also had an enterprising role as the narrator for the stage performance “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat”, which was unfortunately interrupted by a motorbike accident in 1982. “Of the movies I have played in, I loved playing Maggie in the first “Jock of the Bushveld”, the film based on the iconic South African novel by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick.” She recorded an album in Nashville in 1984 and her song “Love Explosion” got to the top 10 in Alabama.
This return to the South African scene proved ever more fruitful when, whilst singing in Phalaborwa for the GM’s Annual Ball, she met her husband Fredl Van Der Merwe. “We got married only eight months after the ball” and celebrated their 20th anniversary this year.
To add to the mix, singing in cabaret all throughout the 1990s “gave me intense joy because of the closeness one experiences with the audience”.
Scott-Wilson has been living in Phalaborwa, a small town in the Limpopo Province, with her husband Fredl for the last 15 years. And as is true with most shining stars, there can never be too much to do. Marloe is constantly on the move with different, exciting and eclectic projects always on the go.
In between painting and writing, she started up her own restaurant, which she managed until recently. Giving it up to focus on other delights… like practicing permaculture, developing green building techniques, which has been a passion of hers for many years, “long before Al Gore decided it was important to showcase our planet’s fragility… Basically all the things that move my heart.” All of this taking place on, what Scott-Wilson likes to call, a “Farmette” in Haenertsburg, at the top of Magoebaskloof.