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Mary Steenburgen

Lowest Rated:   0% The Book Of Love (2017)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Dean
  • Carol
2017
0% The Book Of Love
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet What's the Point?
  • Actor
2017
57% 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
27% 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
44% The Proposal
  • Grace Paxton
2009
60% In the Electric Mist
  • Bootsie
2009
25% Nobel Son
  • Sarah Michaelson
2008
25% 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
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven
  • Actor
2006
84% Elf
  • Emily
2003
58% Casa de los Babys
  • Gayle
2003
25% 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
34% 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
20% 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
47% Powder
  • Jessie
1995
85% My Family
  • Gloria
1995
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Mrs. Parker
1994
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Actor
1994
9% Clifford
  • Sarah
1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon
  • Katherine Bellamy
1994
89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Betty Carver
1993
78% Philadelphia
  • Belinda Conine
1993
No Score Yet About Sarah
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
21% The Butcher's Wife
  • Stella Keefover
1991
No Score Yet Secrets of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy
  • Actor
1991
86% The Long Walk Home
  • Narration
1990
74% Back to the Future Part III
  • Clara Clayton
1990
92% Parenthood
  • Karen
1989
70% 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
63% The Whales of August
  • Young Sarah
1987
82% Dead of Winter
  • Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn
1986
50% One Magic Christmas
  • Ginny Grainger
1985
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy
  • Phoebe Craddock
1983
64% Cross Creek
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1983
74% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
  • Adrian
1982
90% Ragtime
  • Mother
1981
94% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Marjorie
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Herself
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Grace Rinato
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Josephine
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Herself
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Linda
82% The Last Man on Earth
2015
  • Gail
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Catherine
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Katherine Hale
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Beth Griffith
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Diana Jessup
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest

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