Frances Sternhagen

Frances Sternhagen

  • Highest Rated: 100% Starting Over (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% The Rising Place (2002)
  • Birthday: Jan 13, 1930
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Frances Sternhagen was still in her teens when she made her first professional stage appearance as the thirtyish Laura in a 1948 summer-stock production of The Glass Menagerie. After graduating from Vassar with a BA degree in drama, Frances attended the Perry-Mansfield School of the Theatre and New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. She briefly worked as a teacher at Massachussett's Milton Academy before her off-Broadway debut as Juliette in Girardoux' Thieves' Carnival--one of the last times that this dynamic character actress would ever portray a flighty ingenue. She went on to spend several seasons at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Back in New York, Sternhagen won two Obie Awards for her performances in Admirable Bashville and The New Pinter Plays, and in 1973 received the Tony Award for her multiple characterizations in Neil Simon's Good Doctor 1973. She followed this personal triumph by creating two of her all-time favorite stage roles: Dora in Equus (1974) and Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond (1979). Launching her film career in 1967, Sternhagen has been seen in an exhausting variety of movie roles; among the best of these was no-nonsense Dr. Marion Lazarus in Outland (1982), matching wits and witticisms with outer-space peacekeeper Sean Connery. On television, Frances Sternhagen enjoyed sizable roles on such daytime dramas as Love of Life, One Life to Live, Secret Storm, and was seen on a regular basis in the prime-time series Spencer (1985, as Millie Sprague), Stephen King's the Golden Years (1991, as Gina Williams) and The Road Home (1994, as Charlotte Babineaux).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

18% And So It Goes Claire $10.5M 2014
81% Dolphin Tale Gloria Forrest $65.1M 2011
77% Julie & Julia Irma Rombauer $94.2M 2009
72% The Mist Irene $25.5M 2007
13% The Rising Place Ruth Wilder 2002
92% The Laramie Project Marge Murray 2002
No Score Yet Curtain Call Amy 2000
No Score Yet The Con Hadabelle 1998
No Score Yet Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story Mary Rafferty 1993
57% Raising Cain Dr. Waldheim 1992
67% Doc Hollywood Lillian 1991
90% Misery Virginia 1990
22% Sibling Rivalry Rose Turner 1990
50% See You in the Morning Neenie 1989
20% Communion Dr. Janet Duffy 1989
63% Bright Lights, Big City Clara Tillinghast 1988
No Score Yet Resting Place Eudora McCallister 1986
No Score Yet The Dining Room Actor 1986
No Score Yet Prototype Dorothy Forrester 1983
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy Blanche Dailey 1983
No Score Yet Independence Day Carla Taylor 1983
56% Outland Dr. Lazarus 1981
No Score Yet Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Mary Richards 1980
No Score Yet Mother and Daughter: The Loving War Actor 1980
100% Starting Over Marva Potter 1979
69% Fedora Miss Balfour 1978
No Score Yet The Rimers of Eldritch Wilma Atkins 1974
100% The Hospital Mrs. Cushing 1971
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out Lady on Bus 1967
80% Up the Down Staircase Charlotte Wolf 1967
92% Pillow Talk Actor 1959

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% Parenthood
2010-2015
Blanche
  • 2012
84% The Closer
2005-2012
Willie Ray Johnson
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Naomi
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Millicent Carter
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2002
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Bunny McDougal Bunny MacDougal Bunny
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Margaret Estelle Muller Margaret Langdon
  • 1997
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1995
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Mrs. Clavin
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 1992
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1992

QUOTES FROM Frances Sternhagen CHARACTERS

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