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Marsha Mason

Highest Rated:   88% The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Lowest Rated:   9% Drop Dead Fred (1991)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
31% Nick of Time
  • Gov. Eleanor Grant
1995
No Score Yet Confianza Perdida
  • Ruth Fraser
1995
20% 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
83% 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
50% Only When I Laugh
  • Georgia
1981
40% Chapter Two
  • Jennie MacLaine
1979
No Score Yet Promises in the Dark
  • Dr. Alexandra Kendall
1979
46% The Cheap Detective
  • Georgia Merkle
1978
88% The Goodbye Girl
  • Paula McFadden
1977
56% Audrey Rose
  • Janice Templeton
1977
No Score Yet Cinderella Liberty
  • Maggie Paul
1973
No Score Yet Blume in Love
  • Arlene
1973
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection
  • Actor
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Man Seeking Woman
2015
  • Audience Member #2
  • 2016
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Louisa Page
  • 2016
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Dr. Kinsey Sherman
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Pat Pat Spence
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
  • Charlotte
  • 2008
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Sherry
  • 1998
  • 1997

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