Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

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

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Feb 8, 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.

Highest rated movies

Antiquities Parenthood
Melvin and Howard
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Time After Time
7 Days in Hell
Elf
Ragtime

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Book Club 2: The Next Chapter Carol (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrating Betty White: America's Golden Girl Self - 2022
80% 68% Nightmare Alley Felicia Kimball (Character) $11.3M 2021
No Score Yet 92% Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas Maggie Clarke (Character) - 2021
89% 94% Best Summer Ever Executive Producer - 2020
82% 73% Happiest Season Tipper (Character) - 2020
74% No Score Yet Flannery Flannery O'Connor (Voice) - 2019
100% 84% Antiquities Dr. Margot (Character) - 2018
54% 51% Book Club Carol (Character) $68.5M 2018
28% 36% I Do... Until I Don't Cybil (Character) $279.3K 2017
45% 70% Katie Says Goodbye Maybelle (Character) - 2016
64% 66% Dean Carol (Character) $248.8K 2016
8% 62% The Book of Love Julia (Character) - 2016
86% 69% 7 Days in Hell Louisa Poole (Character) - 2015
60% 42% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Aunt Cly (Character) - 2015
47% 48% A Walk in the Woods Jeannie (Character) $29.5M 2015
32% 29% Song One Karen (Character) $20.2K 2014
60% No Score Yet Brahmin Bulls Helen West (Character) - 2013
100% 90% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (Voice) $681.1K 2013
46% 59% Last Vegas Diana (Character) $63.9M 2013
76% 89% The Help Elaine Stein (Character) $169.7M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Country Anastasia Lee (Character) - 2011
34% 53% Dirty Girl Peggy (Character) $53.6K 2010
12% 27% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma (Character) $29.6M 2009
29% 25% The Open Road Katherine (Character) - 2009
45% 68% The Proposal Grace Paxton (Character) $163.9M 2009
58% 34% In the Electric Mist Bootsie Robicheaux (Character) - 2009
25% 47% Four Christmases Marilyn (Character) $120.1M 2008
55% 69% Step Brothers Nancy (Character) $100.5M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Outrage Narrator - 2008
No Score Yet 74% Elvis and Anabelle Geneva (Character) - 2007
26% 44% Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson (Character) $333.9K 2007
44% 64% The Brave One Carol (Character) $36.8M 2007
76% 65% The Dead Girl Beverley (Character) $17.3K 2006
71% 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 It Must Be Love Clem Gazelle (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital City Elaine Summer (Character) - 2004
85% 79% Elf Emily (Character) $177.1M 2003
58% 50% Casa de los Babys Gayle (Character) $475.9K 2003
25% 27% Hope Springs Joanie Fisher (Character) - 2003
80% 57% Sunshine State Francine Pickney (Character) $3.1M 2002
No Score Yet 82% Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Unknown (Character) - 2002
0% 59% Nobody's Baby Estelle (Character) - 2001
35% 86% I Am Sam Dr. Blake (Character) $40.3M 2001
47% 88% Life as a House Coleen (Character) $15.6M 2001
14% 37% The Trumpet of the Swan Louie's Mother (Voice) $152.5K 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 50% About Sarah Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 62% Gulliver's Travels Unknown (Character) - 1996
50% 93% The Grass Harp Sister Ida (Character) $511.6K 1995
75% 74% Nixon Hannah Nixon (Character) $13.7M 1995
50% 69% Powder Jessie Caldwell (Character) $30.9M 1995
13% 67% Clifford Sarah Davis (Character) $6.5M 1994
No Score Yet 43% Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy (Character) $10.4K 1994
No Score Yet 45% It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker (Character) - 1994
90% 89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver (Character) $7.8M 1993
79% 89% Philadelphia Belinda Conine (Character) $76.0M 1993
25% 30% The Butcher's Wife Stella (Character) $8.9M 1991
80% 78% Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton (Character) - 1990
88% 84% The Long Walk Home Narrator $1.8M 1990
92% 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),
Executive Producer
- 1988
No Score Yet 50% 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
56% 74% Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Character) - 1983
29% 43% Romantic Comedy Phoebe Craddock (Character) - 1983
74% 57% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian (Character) - 1982
83% 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
No Score Yet 61% Mr. Mayor Adriana (Guest Star) 2022
81% 80% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Maggie Clarke (Character) 2020-2021
82% 66% Bless the Harts Crystalynn (Guest Voice),
Crystalynn Poole (Guest Star)
2019-2021
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2010-2011 2013-2015 2017-2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
85% 81% The Last Man on Earth Gail (Character) 2015-2018
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2017
92% 92% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2000 2007 2009 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008 2016
No Score Yet 66% 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 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013
78% 93% 30 Rock Diana Jessup (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 93% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2011
83% 90% Wilfred Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Helen Girardi (Character) 2003-2005
No Score Yet 100% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Grace Rinato (Guest Star) 2002
44% No Score Yet Ink Kate Montgomery (Character),
Executive Producer
1996-1997
95% 94% Frasier Marjorie (Guest Voice) 1995
No Score Yet 82% Back to the Future Unknown (Voice) 1991-1992