by Brian Bull
"I used to tell my mom, 'I want to be like the Mazola girl,' 'cause when I was little and growing up, I had really long, long, hair. I'd walk around with a little basket that my mom had, and I'd put corn in it and do the whole commercial," Miles says.
Miles laughs a little about looking up to the Mazola pitchwoman, but adds the actress was a genuine Indian who wasn't savage, grunting or second-fiddle. Through her character Marilyn and others, Miles hopes she has represented herself and her culture well to future generations.
"I [know] some young kids that grew up with Northern Exposure that say I was the coolest thing on TV when they were growing up," Miles says. "That makes me feel so old, but they remember me, and that's the same way I am with the Mazola girl."