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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
33% 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
No Score Yet 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
75% 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
88% The Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden 1977
47% Audrey Rose Janice Templeton 1977
57% Cinderella Liberty Maggie Paul 1973
100% Blume in Love Arlene 1973
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Pat Pat Spence
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Louisa Page
  • 2016
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Dr. Kinsey Sherman
  • 2016
  • 2015
93% Man Seeking Woman
2015-2017
Audience Member #2
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Lipstick Jungle
2008-2009
Lorraine Lippman
  • 2008
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
Charlotte
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
2006
Aunt Trudy
  • 2006
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest Sherry
  • 1998
  • 1997
50% Sibs
1992
Nora Ruscio

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