Marianne De Vere is a stroppy businesswoman and upperclass lady who comes to visit Wentworth and prisoner Clara Goddard. She is wearing a huge fur. She finds the prison environment to be like a zoo, and she looks down on the women. She meets Karen Travers outside the governor office and thinks it is funny that Karen is "just like a normal person". Later calling her "little Karen".

Marianne revisits Wentworth to give the prisoners the gift of a colour tv, however before she can present her gift Noeline Burke sneaks in to the rec room and breaks the glass on the tv with an hammer effectively breaking it. When the TV set is uncovered everyone is shocked and Marianne is furious and throws a tantrum calling all the women animals and leaves Wentworth.