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Frances Sternhagen

Highest Rated:   100% The Hospital (1971)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Rising Place (2002)
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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
19% And So It Goes
  • Claire
$10.5M 2014
81% Dolphin Tale
  • Gloria Forrest
$65.1M 2011
76% Julie & Julia
  • Irma Rombauer
$94.2M 2009
73% 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
56% Raising Cain
  • Dr. Waldheim
1992
73% Doc Hollywood
  • Lillian
1991
89% Misery
  • Virginia
1990
22% Sibling Rivalry
  • Rose Turner
1990
44% See You in the Morning
  • Neenie
1989
20% Communion
  • Dr. Janet Duffy
1989
61% 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
58% 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
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Marva Potter
1979
73% 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
90% Parenthood
2010-2015
  • Blanche
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Willie Ray Johnson
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Millicent Carter
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Margaret Estelle Muller Margaret Langdon
  • 1997
  • 1991
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • Mrs. Clavin
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 1992

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