Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason

Highest Rated: 100% Blume in Love (1973)

Lowest Rated: 9% Drop Dead Fred (1991)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1942

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

A former dancer and New York theater star, Marsha Mason never quite reached the heights of stardom suggested by her early film career. Still she remains a respected supporting and occasional leading Hollywood actress and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. In film, Mason started out playing bit parts. She also appeared on television in such series as Dr. Kildare. She had her first substantial film role in Hot Rod Hulaballoo (1966). Her first big break came after she traveled to San Francisco to appear in an American Conservatory Theater production of Private Lives directed by Francis Ford Coppola. While on the West Coast she played a supporting role in Paul Mazursky's Blume in Love (1973). It was her stage work, however, that led filmmaker Mark Rydell to cast her as a pregnant single mother who prostitutes herself in Seattle in Cinderella Liberty (1973). She beat out Barbra Streisand, the studio's choice, for the role and won her first Academy Award nomination. Her second nomination came from her portrayal of a divorced chorine trying to support herself and her daughter while dealing with a series of failed romances in Neil Simon's comedy-drama The Goodbye Girl (1977). She and Simon were married at the time and the famed playwright wrote the part especially for her. Mason's co-star, Richard Dreyfuss, won a Best Actor Oscar. Simon wrote the screenplay for the film responsible for Mason's third Oscar nomination, Chapter Two (1979), which was an autobiographical account of their courtship. He also penned the part that landed her a fourth nomination, Only When I Laugh (1981). Through the '80s, Mason seemed to concentrate more on television movies, such as Love Canal (1982) and Surviving (1985), and her feature-film appearances became sporadic. In 1991, she starred in the short-lived sitcom Sibs. In 1997, Mason became a semi-regular on the popular NBC sitcom Frasier, playing the love interest of Kelsey Grammar's father, John Mahoney.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bereft Mom 2005
64% Bride and Prejudice Catherine Darcy $6.5M 2005
No Score Yet The Long Shot: Believe in Courage Mary Lou 2004
No Score Yet The Good Doctor Actor 2002
No Score Yet Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Ethel Gumm 2001
No Score Yet Restless Spirits Lydia Penhallow 1999
59% 2 Days in the Valley Audrey Hopper 1996
32% Nick of Time Gov. Eleanor Grant 1995
No Score Yet Confianza Perdida Ruth Fraser 1995
22% I Love Trouble Senator Gayle Robbins 1994
9% Drop Dead Fred Polly 1991
20% Stella Janice Morrison 1990
No Score Yet The Image Jean Cromwell 1990
No Score Yet Dinner at Eight Millicent Jordan 1989
79% Heartbreak Ridge Aggie 1986
No Score Yet Trapped in Silence Jennifer Hubbell 1986
No Score Yet Surviving Lois 1985
69% Max Dugan Returns Nora McPhee 1983
No Score Yet Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Actor 1982
57% Only When I Laugh Georgia 1981
50% Chapter Two Jennie MacLaine 1979
No Score Yet Promises in the Dark Dr. Alexandra Kendall 1979
47% The Cheap Detective Georgia Merkle 1978
83% The Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden 1977
50% Audrey Rose Janice Templeton 1977
63% Cinderella Liberty Maggie Paul 1973
100% Blume in Love Arlene 1973
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1971


No Score Yet The Middle
Pat Pat Spence 2017
94% The Good Wife
Judge Louisa Page 2016
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
Dr. Kinsey Sherman 2016
93% Man Seeking Woman
Audience Member #2 2016
19% Lipstick Jungle
Lorraine Lippman 2008
No Score Yet Army Wives
Charlotte 2008
86% Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
Aunt Trudy 2006
79% The Education of Max Bickford
Lilith Bigelow 2002
94% Frasier
Guest Sherry 1998
50% Sibs
Nora Ruscio


Drop Dead Fred says: Oh, you wanted me to go away? Fine, just say the magic words & I'll piss off.

Drop Dead Fred says: Oh, you wanted me to go away? Fine, just say the magic words and I'll piss off.

Elizabeth Cronin says: Piss off!

Drop Dead Fred says: Gotcha! You just said the magic words!

Polly says: What did you just say to me?

Drop Dead Fred says: She told you to piss off, have you gone deaf?

Elizabeth Cronin says: I said "Piss off" but I didn't say it to you.

Elliott Garfield says: I happen to have a lease in my pocket. Are you gonna honor it or what?

Paula McFadden says: I have a daughter in my bedroom. That tops the lease in your pocket.

Paula McFadden says: What happened to your eye?

Elliott Garfield says: I used it to stop a fist from going through my face.

Paula McFadden says: You were never four-and-a-half, you were born 26.

Lucy McFadden says: [hears Elliot chanting] What's that?

Paula McFadden says: Sounds like God.

Lucy McFadden says: I smell strawberries burning.

Paula McFadden says: That's incense.

Lucy McFadden says: What's incense?

Paula McFadden says: It is what I'm feeling right now.

Paula McFadden says: I thought you said you were decent.

Elliott Garfield says: I am decent. I also happen to be naked.