Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Highest Rated: 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

Lowest Rated: 0% Nobody's Baby (2001)

Birthday: Feb 08, 1953

Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, USA

Soft-spoken and endearing, Mary Steenburgen first achieved a measure of fame with her debut role in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western "Goin' South" (1978), before winning raves and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Melvin's flustered but caring wife in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard" (1980). She starred alongside Steve Martin and an all-star ensemble cast in the Ron Howard family comedy "Parenthood" (1989), prior to falling in love with time-traveling Doc Brown in "Back to the Future III" (1990). She had a rare turn as an unlikable character when she reteamed with Demme for the heart-wrenching drama "Philadelphia" (1993), acting opposite Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. After a small, but memorable role in Oliver Stone's political docudrama "Nixon" (1995), she later began what would be a steady string of appearances as herself - along with her celebrated husband Ted Danson - on the hit comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ). Increasingly cast in the role of family matriarch, Steenburgen infused these roles with an effervescence and wit that resulted in fully realized, eminently likable characters. She brought something extra to the role of James Caan's neglected wife in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy "Elf" (2003), and showed an inordinate amount of patience as Ferrell's mother in "Step Brothers" (2008). Pulling off a feat few actresses could manage, Steenburgen successfully transitioned from charming waif to elegantly mature actress over the course of 30-plus years, without any signs of slowing down.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare Alley Unknown (Character) - 2021
83% 76% Happiest Season Tipper (Character) - 2020
93% 97% Best Summer Ever Executive Producer - 2020
54% 51% Book Club Carol (Character) $68.5M 2018
100% 89% Antiquities Dr. Margot (Character) - 2018
28% 38% I Do... Until I Don't Cybil (Character) $279.3K 2017
64% 66% Dean Carol (Character) $248.8K 2016
42% 72% Katie Says Goodbye Maybelle (Character) - 2016
8% 63% The Book of Love Julia (Character) - 2016
60% 43% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Aunt Cly (Character) - 2015
47% 48% A Walk in the Woods Jeannie (Character) $29.5M 2015
86% 69% 7 Days in Hell Louisa Poole (Character) - 2015
33% 29% Song One Karen (Character) $20.2K 2014
46% 59% Last Vegas Diana (Character) $63.9M 2013
100% 90% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (Voice) $681.1K 2013
60% No Score Yet Brahmin Bulls Helen West (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Country Anastasia Lee (Character) - 2011
76% 89% The Help Elaine Stein (Character) $169.7M 2011
33% 53% Dirty Girl Peggy (Character) $53.6K 2010
58% 34% In the Electric Mist Bootsie Robicheaux (Character) - 2009
44% 67% The Proposal Grace Paxton (Character) $163.9M 2009
12% 27% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma (Character) $29.6M 2009
29% 25% The Open Road Katherine (Character) - 2009
55% 69% Step Brothers Nancy (Character) $100.5M 2008
25% 47% Four Christmases Marilyn (Character) $120.1M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Outrage Narrator - 2008
44% 64% The Brave One Carol (Character) $36.8M 2007
26% 44% Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson (Character) $333.9K 2007
No Score Yet 74% Elvis and Anabelle Geneva (Character) - 2007
76% 65% The Dead Girl Beverley (Character) $17.3K 2006
72% 75% Inland Empire Visitor #2 (Character) - 2006
22% 61% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Marianne Hotchkiss (Character) $247.1K 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital City Elaine Summer (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Must Be Love Clem Gazelle (Character) - 2004
58% 50% Casa de los Babys Gayle (Character) $475.9K 2003
85% 79% Elf Emily (Character) $177.1M 2003
23% 27% Hope Springs Joanie Fisher (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 80% Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Unknown (Character) - 2002
80% 57% Sunshine State Francine Pickney (Character) $3.1M 2002
14% 36% The Trumpet of the Swan Louie's Mother (Voice) $152.5K 2001
47% 88% Life as a House Coleen (Character) $15.6M 2001
0% 59% Nobody's Baby Estelle (Character) - 2001
35% 86% I Am Sam Dr. Blake (Character) $40.3M 2001
No Score Yet 60% Wish You Were Dead Sally Rider (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Picnic Rosemary Sydney (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 17% Noah's Ark Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet About Sarah Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 62% Gulliver's Travels Unknown (Character) - 1996
50% 69% Powder Jessie Caldwell (Character) $30.9M 1995
50% 93% The Grass Harp Sister Ida (Character) $511.6K 1995
75% 74% Nixon Hannah Nixon (Character) $13.7M 1995
No Score Yet 46% It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker (Character) - 1994
13% 67% Clifford Sarah Davis (Character) $6.5M 1994
No Score Yet 43% Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy (Character) $10.4K 1994
80% 89% Philadelphia Belinda Conine (Character) $76M 1993
90% 89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver (Character) $7.8M 1993
25% 30% The Butcher's Wife Stella (Character) $8.9M 1991
88% 84% The Long Walk Home Narrator $1.8M 1990
80% 78% Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton (Character) - 1990
91% 76% Parenthood Karen Buckman (Character) $99.6M 1989
75% 51% Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge (Character) $646.9K 1989
60% 41% End of the Line Rose Pickett (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep Gies (Character) - 1988
64% 66% The Whales of August Young Sarah (Character) $127.3K 1987
77% 46% Dead of Winter Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn (Character) $2.2M 1986
47% 69% One Magic Christmas Ginny Grainger (Character) $12.4M 1985
No Score Yet 42% Romantic Comedy Phoebe Craddock (Character) - 1983
56% 74% Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Character) - 1983
77% 57% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian (Character) - 1982
92% 77% Ragtime Mother (Character) - 1981
91% 60% Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar (Character) - 1980
87% 72% Time After Time Amy Robbins (Character) - 1979
73% 50% Goin' South Julia Tate/Moon (Character) - 1978

TV

Credit
79% 72% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Maggie Clarke (Character) 2020-2021
82% 48% Bless the Harts Crystalynn (Guest Voice),
Crystalynn Poole (Guest Star)
2019-2021
No Score Yet 36% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021 2017
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020 2017-2018 2013-2015 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cityline Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2018 2013 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2018
85% 80% The Last Man on Earth Gail (Character) 2015-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2017
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2017 2009 2007 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2016 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016
90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
97% 95% Justified Katherine Hale (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2014-2015
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2013
78% 93% 30 Rock Diana Jessup (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2011
83% 96% Wilfred Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 87% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.com Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2008
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Helen Girardi (Character) 2003-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Grace Rinato (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noah's Ark Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
43% No Score Yet Ink Kate Montgomery (Character),
Executive Producer
1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Unknown (Character) 1996
93% 95% Frasier Marjorie (Guest Voice) 1995
No Score Yet 80% Back to the Future Unknown (Voice) 1991-1992

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