In the famous Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, Marion is the unhappy girlfriend of Sam Loomis. In her job Marion steals $40,000 and goes on the run. She arrives at the Bates Motel, where she meets the proprietor Norman Bates. They had a dinner together and a little chat. After that, Marion felt guilty and was planing to return the money. She took a shower and is then when she is killed y Norma Bates, who really was Norman Bates in disguise.
In Popular Culture
Marion's death (the "shower scene") is the most famous death in films. This scene and its iconic sceeching violins have been parodied in many films and TV shows like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Looney Toones: Back in Action, and The Simpsons. It has parodies in comic books like Child´s Play.
The Halloween character Marion Whittington is based on Marion Crane.
Marion Crane has even had a cameo appearance in The Simpsons comic book with Sideshow Bob. It was like in the beginning of the film.