Mary Steenburgen

Highest Rated: 100% Antiquities (2019)
Lowest Rated: 0% Nobody's Baby (2001)
Birthday: Feb 8, 1953
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, USA
Curly haired, sandy-voiced actress Mary Steenburgen is a natural when it comes to playing Southerners, probably because she hails from the region herself. Born in Arkansas on February 8, 1953, Steenburgen was the daughter of a railroad employee. Pursuing drama in college, she headed to New York in 1972, where she worked with an improvisational troupe. She was spotted by Jack Nicholson, who cast her as his feisty "in name only" frontier wife in 1978's Goin' South. Two years later, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Melvin Dummar's inamorata in Melvin and Howard (1980).Able to convey a wide age and character range, Steenburgen was effectively cast as a free-spirited Frisco girl in Time After Time (1979), the corseted matriarch of a turn-of-the-century household in Ragtime (1981), prim authoress Marjorie Rawlins in Cross Creek (1983), a long-suffering suburban housewife in Parenthood (1989), and a Marcia Clark-like attorney in Philadelphia (1993). She also portrayed the Jules Verne-loving Western schoolmarm Clara in Back to the Future 3 (1990), a role she perpetuated (via voice-over) on the Back to the Future TV cartoon series. In 1988, she was executive producer of End of the Line, in which she also appeared. Steenburgen's film appearances throughout the 1990s were erratic: some highlights, in addition to Philadelphia, include What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Nixon (1995), and The Grass Harp (1995). In 1999, she starred as Noah's wife in the biblical epic Noah's Ark, sharing the screen with the likes of Jon Voight, F. Murray Abraham, James Coburn, and Carol Kane. As the 21st century began, Steenburgen continued to work steadily in projects such as Life as a House, I Am Sam, Sunshine State, and Elf. She was cast in the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia in 2003. In 2006 she appeared in David Lynch's Inland Empire, and the next year she starred opposite Jodie Foster in the vigilante drama The Brave One. She was cast in the comedies Step Brothers and Four Christmases in 2008, and in 2011 she was the editor who inspires the main character to write the book in The Help.Formerly married for several years to actor Malcolm McDowell, Steenburgen married former Cheers star Ted Danson in 1995. The two have collaborated on a number of projects, including 1994's Pontiac Moon and the made-for-TV Gulliver's Travels in 1996.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Antiquities Dr. Margot 2019
54% Book Club Carol 2018
29% I Do... Until I Don't Cybil 2017
61% Dean Carol 2017
8% The Book Of Love Actor 2017
56% Katie Says Goodbye Actor 2016
60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Aunt Cly 2015
46% A Walk In The Woods Jeannie 2015
34% Song One Karen 2015
80% 7 Days in Hell Louisa Poole 2015
56% Brahmin Bulls Helen West 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version) 2014
46% Last Vegas Diana 2013
33% Dirty Girl Peggy 2011
75% The Help Elaine Stein 2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited Cafe Patron 2011
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma Wheeler 2009
No Score Yet ClarkWorld Actor 2009
29% The Open Road Katherine 2009
45% The Proposal Grace Paxton 2009
64% In the Electric Mist Bootsie 2009
25% Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson 2008
24% Four Christmases Marilyn 2008
55% Step Brothers Nancy Huff 2008
68% Honeydripper Amanda Winship 2007
43% The Brave One Carol 2007
No Score Yet Elvis & Anabelle Geneva 2007
No Score Yet Numb Dr. Cheryl Blaine 2007
No Score Yet American Outrage Narrator 2007
75% The Dead Girl Beverley, Leah's Mother 2006
72% Inland Empire Actor 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Marienne Hotchkiss 2006
83% Elf Emily 2003
58% Casa de los Babys Gayle 2003
23% Hope Springs Joanie Fisher 2003
80% Sunshine State Francine Pinkney 2002
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Det. Karen Condrin 2002
No Score Yet Wish You Were Dead Sally Rider 2002
35% I Am Sam Dr. Blake 2001
47% Life as a House Coleen 2001
15% The Trumpet of the Swan Mother 2001
0% Nobody's Baby Estelle 2001
No Score Yet Noah's Ark Naamah 1999
No Score Yet About Sarah Sarah McCaffrey 1998
50% The Grass Harp Sister Ida 1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Actor 1996
75% Nixon Hannah Nixon 1995
50% Powder Jessie 1995
85% My Family Gloria 1995
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker 1994
42% Wyatt Earp Actor 1994
10% Clifford Sarah 1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy 1994
89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver 1993
79% Philadelphia Belinda Conine 1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
25% The Butcher's Wife Stella Keefover 1991
No Score Yet Secrets of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy Actor 1991
87% The Long Walk Home Narration 1990
74% Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton 1990
93% Parenthood Karen 1989
73% Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge 1989
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep 1988
60% End of the Line Rose Executive Producer 1987
56% The Whales of August Young Sarah 1987
83% Dead of Winter Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn 1986
47% One Magic Christmas Ginny Grainger 1985
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy Phoebe Craddock 1983
64% Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 1983
75% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian 1982
90% Ragtime Mother 1981
90% Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar 1980
86% Time After Time Amy Robbins 1979
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Actor 1978
71% Goin' South Julia Tate / Moon 1978

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
84% The Last Man on Earth
2015-2018
Gail
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
97% Justified
2010-2015
Katherine Hale
  • 2015
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
Linda
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
82% Wilfred
2011-2014
Catherine
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2004
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Diana Jessup
  • 2012
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
Josephine
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Beth Griffith
  • 2010
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Herself
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Herself
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2000
100% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
Helen Girardi
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Grace Rinato
  • 2002
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Marjorie
  • 1995

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