Shannon McRandle

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Shannon McRandle
Shannon Lynn Jones

(1969-08-28) August 28, 1969 (age 50)
Other namesShannon Baksa
OccupationModel, Makeup artist
Years active1993–present
  • ? Baksa (m. 1994⁠–⁠1999)
  • Jamie McRandle (m. 2002)

Shannon Lynn McRandle (born August 28, 1969[1][2] in Killeen, Texas[3]) is an American professional model and makeup artist[1] chosen by Decipher, Inc. in 1999 to represent Mara Jade in the photographs for the Star Wars card games.[4] At the time, she was known as Shannon Baksa, her married name from her first marriage. She married Jamie McRandle[3] since September 18, 2002.

In addition to modeling work, McRandle also works as a commercial hair and makeup stylist for print and video work.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born Shannon Lynn Jones on August 28, 1969 in Killeen, Texas, US, to Leonard Jones (stationed at Fort Hood, drafted into the army for the Vietnam War) and Barbara Kubiszewski Walsh. She has two younger half-sisters, Hillary and Adrienne, from her step-father (John Meador). She began modeling at the age of three for department store fashion shows in the Richmond, Virginia area.

Education and career[edit]

After high school, she moved to Las Vegas for four years, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies (1993) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with an emphasis on Public Relations and a minor in Sociology.

Since the age of twelve, McRandle's modeling career included photography shoots, runways, and character modeling. In Las Vegas, she worked as a promotional model at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Bally's Mirage, MGM, and in the Roman Festival at Caesar's Palace. She also worked as a make-up artist in the Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach areas.

Star Wars[edit]

Before 1998, the character of Mara Jade appeared only as illustrations created by various artists based on the descriptions provided of her appearance in novels in the Star Wars expanded universe. A long-time fan of the Star Wars franchise, McRandle auditioned to be cast as an image for Mara Jade after LucasFilm decided to use a photographic likeness as a model for Mara. At the time the photographs were taken in 1999, she was known as Shannon Baksa from her first marriage in 1994. LucasFilm Ltd. used McRandle's likeness for merchandise of Mara Jade. Illustrations of the character were influenced by McRandle's appearance.

Personal life[edit]

Shannon Lynn married United States Navy veteran Jamie McRandle on September 18, 2002. They have 2 children. She and her family live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In 2013, Shannon McRandle was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Stage 3 Rectal Cancer.[6] The cancer is in remission, but the radiation and chemo caused severe osteoporosis in her back and hips, and resulted in a severely-weakened immune system as well as several other medical issues. None of the AS treatments were successful.

She has a GoFundMe page to raise funds for treatments.[7]


  1. ^ a b Roberta T. Vowell (2000-03-18). "Who is Mara Jade?". The Virginian-Pilot. p. E1.
  2. ^ Roberta T. Vowell (1998-10-01). "Norfolk, Va., area restaurant prepares posters of namesake Painted Lady". The Virginian-Pilot.
  3. ^ a b "Shannon's biography". Archived from the original on 2004-06-09.
  4. ^ Star Wars: Databank | Skywalker, Mara Jade
  5. ^ e.g., for Loukia Louka Borrell (2000-04-20). "Brides' threads revisited". The Virginian Pilot. p. E1.
  6. ^ Heggie, Connor (April 7, 2017). "Mara Jade Model, Shannon McRandle Needs Your Help 'Star Wars' Fans". Star Wars Underworld. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Star Wars hub". Facebook. Retrieved November 9, 2018.