Frances Sternhagen

Frances Sternhagen

Highest Rated: 100% Starting Over (1979)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Rising Place (2002)

Birthday: Jan 13, 1930

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly disapproving characters as well as warmly maternal women. Sternhagen's credits include the classic "The Hospital" (1971), "Two People" (1973) and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" (1978). She won attention for her portrayal as Burt Reynolds' relative under whose auspices he meets his new love in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over" (1979) and nearly stole the sci-fi thriller "Outland" (1981), providing comic relief and support to marshal Sean Connery. Sternhagen portrayed a prissy co-worker of Michael J. Fox in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Farrah Fawcett's mother in Pakula's "See You in the Morning" (1989), Richard Farnsworth's wife in "Misery" (1990) and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in "Raising Cain" (1992).


Highest Rated Movies



18% 40% And So It Goes Claire (Character) $15.2M 2014
81% 80% Dolphin Tale Gloria Forrest (Character) $72.3M 2011
77% 70% Julie & Julia Irma Rombauer (Character) $94.1M 2009
72% 65% The Mist Irene (Character) $25.6M 2007
13% No Score Yet The Rising Place Ruth Wilder (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Live Again Constance Holmes (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Con Hadabelle (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion Tobie Yates (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story Mary Rafferty (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Woke Up Noelle (Character) - 1992
58% 41% Raising Cain Dr. Lynn Waldheim (Character) $20.5M 1992
68% 50% Doc Hollywood Lillian (Character) $51.8M 1991
22% 30% Sibling Rivalry Rose Turner (Character) $16.8M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow Your Heart Cloe Sixbury (Character) - 1990
90% 89% Misery Virginia McCain (Character) $54.7M 1990
55% 21% See You in the Morning Neenie (Character) $4.4M 1989
20% 46% Communion Dr. Janet Duffy (Character) $1.9M 1989
60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Clara (Character) $15.7M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Again Unknown (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 67% Resting Place Eudora McCallister (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 42% Romantic Comedy Blanche Dailey (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 71% Independence Day Carla Taylor (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 29% Prototype Dorothy Forrester (Character) - 1983
56% 54% Outland Dr. Lazarus (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother and Daughter: The Loving War Mrs. Lloyd (Character) - 1980
100% 58% Starting Over Marva Potter (Character) - 1979
71% 62% Fedora Miss Balfour (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two People Mrs. McCluskey (Character) - 1973
100% 73% The Hospital Mrs. Cushing (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soldier in Love Abigail (Character) - 1967


82% 82% The Closer Willie Ray Johnson (Voice),
Unknown (Guest Star)
88% 96% Parenthood Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet 80% ER Millicent Carter (Guest Star) 2003 2001 1997-1998
71% 86% Sex and the City Bunny MacDougal (Guest Star) 2000-2002
85% 77% The Simpsons Mrs. Bellamy (Guest Voice) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet 92% Cheers Esther Clavin (Guest Star) 1990-1993 1986-1987
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen King's Golden Years Gina Williams (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Betty (Character) 1956


Dr. Janet Duffy says: You expect answers so quickly! We don't even have all the questions.