Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Highest Rated: 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Happiest Season Actor 2020
42% Katie Says Goodbye Actor 2019
No Score Yet Antiquities Dr. Margot 2019
55% Book Club Carol 2018
27% I Do... Until I Don't Cybil $0.3M 2017
62% Dean Carol $0.3M 2017
8% The Book Of Love Actor 2017
60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Aunt Cly 2015
47% A Walk In The Woods Jeannie $19.2M 2015
33% Song One Karen $20.7K 2015
86% 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) $0.5M 2014
46% Last Vegas Diana $51.5M 2013
33% Dirty Girl Peggy $54.1K 2011
76% The Help Elaine Stein $169.8M 2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited Cafe Patron 2011
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma Wheeler $29.6M 2009
No Score Yet ClarkWorld Actor 2009
29% The Open Road Katherine 2009
44% The Proposal Grace Paxton $164M 2009
58% In the Electric Mist Bootsie 2009
25% Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson $0.4M 2008
24% Four Christmases Marilyn $120.2M 2008
55% Step Brothers Nancy Huff $100.5M 2008
69% Honeydripper Amanda Winship 2007
43% The Brave One Carol $36.9M 2007
No Score Yet Elvis & Anabelle Geneva 2007
No Score Yet Numb Dr. Cheryl Blaine 2007
No Score Yet American Outrage Narrator 2007
76% The Dead Girl Beverley, Leah's Mother 2006
72% Inland Empire Actor 2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Marienne Hotchkiss $0.2M 2006
84% Elf Emily $173.5M 2003
58% Casa de los Babys Gayle $0.4M 2003
23% Hope Springs Joanie Fisher 2003
80% Sunshine State Francine Pinkney $2.9M 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 $40.3M 2001
47% Life as a House Coleen $15.5M 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
74% Nixon Hannah Nixon 1995
50% Powder Jessie 1995
85% My Family Gloria 1995
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker 1994
44% Wyatt Earp Actor 1994
10% Clifford Sarah 1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy 1994
90% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver 1993
80% 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
80% Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton 1990
91% Parenthood Karen 1989
75% Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge 1989
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep 1988
60% End of the Line Executive Producer Rose 1987
60% 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
67% Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 1983
77% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian 1982
92% 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


74% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Maggie 2020
82% Bless the Harts
Voice 2020
85% On Becoming a God in Central Florida
50% This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
Appearing 2019
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2018
85% The Last Man on Earth
Gail 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
Guest 2016
97% Justified
Katherine Hale 2015
90% Togetherness
Linda 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Guest 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2013
83% Wilfred
Catherine 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2013
85% 30 Rock
Diana Jessup 2012
79% Bored to Death
Josephine 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Beth Griffith 2010
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2009
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
Herself 2009
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
Herself 2009
96% Joan of Arcadia
Helen Girardi 2005
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Grace Rinato 2002
38% Ink
Kate 1997
93% Frasier
Voice of Marjorie 1995
No Score Yet Back to the Future
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories


Nancy Huff says: You don't know anyone named Johnny Hopkins.

Brennan Huff says: It was Johnny Hopkins, and Sloan Kettering. And they were blazin' that s**t up every day.

Brennan Huff says: It was Johnny Hopkins, and Sloan Kettering. And they were blazin' that shit up every day.

Henry Moon says: In my time, I had put a girl or two in tune with nature.

Julia Tate says: I'm sure nature is very grateful.

Julia Tate says: Better blisters than neck burns.

Sue-Ann says: I'm a shitty mother.

Peggy says: Join the club.

Peggy says: My son has run off with your daughter!

Elaine Stein says: Who was it?

Skeeter Phelan says: (sees her mother) My mother?

Skeeter Phelan says: My mother?

Marianne Hotchkiss says: Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.

Nancy Huff says: Brennan walks in his sleep

Nancy Huff says: Brennan walks in his sleep.

Dr. Robert Doback says: Alright thats it! You guys leave me no choice! No television for a week!

Dale Doback says: WHAT!?

Nancy Huff says: We are so serious!

Brennan Huff says: You're fuckin high!

Nancy Huff says: This remote goes in Roberts room...and it stays there...

Brennan Huff says: This house is a fuckin prison!

Dale Doback says: On planet bullshit!

Brennan Huff says: In the galaxy of this sucks camel dicks!

Walter says: *whispering* We should call security...

Emily says: *whispering* Good idea.

Buddy says: *whispering* I like to whisper too.

Elaine Stein says: Eugenia, Martin Luther King just invited the entire country to march with him in DC in august. This many negros and whites have not worked together since 'Gone With The Wind'.

Adrian says: Why does a beautiful day like today give me such a sad feeling?

Nancy Huff says: Dr. Doback when to Northwestern and John Hopkins. Is that good enough for you?

Brennan Huff says: No.

Nancy Huff says: Those are very prestigious schools.

Brennan Huff says: I smoked weed once with Johnny Hopkins. He was blazin that shit up every day.

Dr. Robert Doback says: Is this your purse in the freezer?

Nancy Huff says: Yes ... it's Brennan ... he sleepwalks.

Nancy Huff says: Yes, it's Brennan... he sleepwalks.

Dr. Robert Doback says: Are you serious? Dale sleepwalks, too. Check the oven.

Nancy Huff says: Couch pillows.

Dr. Robert Doback says: He quit college his junior year and said he wanted to join the family business.

Nancy Huff says: But you're a medical doctor ....

Nancy Huff says: But you're a medical doctor...

Dr. Robert Doback says: I told him that. He just said, "It's all about who you know."

Dr. Robert Doback says: I told him that. He just said,'It's all about who you know.'

Dale Doback says: "That's so funny. The last time I heard that, I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur."

Dale Doback says: That's so funny. The last time I heard that, I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur.

Brennan Huff says: "That's it. Just let the dirt shower over you." (whispered softly as he is burying his stepbrother alive).

Brennan Huff says: That's it. Just let the dirt shower over you. [whispered softly as he is burying his stepbrother alive]


Nancy Huff says: Nancy Huff: Today, I saw my own son use a bicycle as a weapon. you were yelling "Rape". Dale: I meant, let's fight!!

Nancy Huff says: Today, I saw my own son use a bicycle as a weapon. you were yelling 'Rape'.

Brennan Huff says: I really did think he was going to rape me at one point. He got this crazy look in his eyes and said, "Let's get it on."

Dale Doback says: I meant, let's fight!

Brennan Huff says: I really did think he was going to rape me at one point. He got this crazy look in his eyes and said, 'Let's get it on.'