Mary Stuart Masterson

Mary Stuart Masterson

Highest Rated: 87% At Close Range (1986)

Lowest Rated: 0% Funny About Love (1990)

Birthday: Jun 28, 1966

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

With short blonde hair and a lean frame, Mary Stuart Masterson has played many tomboys throughout her acting career. Born to director Peter Masterson and actress Carlin Glynn, she made her film debut in The Stepford Wives at the age of nine. As a teenager, she appeared on Broadway in Alice in Wonderland and played tough girl Dani in Heaven Help Us. She studied anthropology at N.Y.U. and returned to acting in 1987 to star in Some Kind of Wonderful as quintessential '80s tomboy Watt, her most recognizable role. After appearing with her folks in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone and opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Chances Are, she played a pregnant woman who gives up her baby to Glenn Close and James Woods in Immediate Family. The '90s saw good roles in successful movies like the ensemble comedy Married to It, the tearjerker Fried Green Tomatoes, and the offbeat romance Benny & Joon. However, she also appeared in some unsuccessful films like the revisionist Western Bad Girls and the sentimental romance Bed of Roses. She then turned to television for a lead in the TV period drama Lily Dale (directed by her father) and her own short-lived series, Kate Brasher. In 2000, she married television director Damon Santostefano and went on to win a Tony for her work in the Broadway musical revival Nine.


Highest Rated Movies



81% Daniel Isn't Real Actor 2019
77% Skin Agent Jackie Marks 2019
33% Tickling Leo Producer 2009
No Score Yet The Insurgents Director 2007
64% The Cake Eaters Director Producer 2007
30% The Sisters Olga Prior 2006
No Score Yet Whiskey School G.G 2005
No Score Yet Something the Lord Made Dr. Helen Taussig 2004
No Score Yet Blue's Clues - Blue Talks Actor 2004
No Score Yet Last Man Running Producer 2003
No Score Yet West of Here Genevieve 2002
43% Leo Brynne 2002
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Patricia 2001
No Score Yet On the Edge Director Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet The Book of Stars Penny McGuire 2001
No Score Yet Black and Blue Fran Benedetto 1999
No Score Yet The Florentine Vickie 1999
No Score Yet Dogtown Dorothy 1998
43% Digging to China Gwen 1998
No Score Yet On the Second Day of Christmas Trish 1997
No Score Yet Lily Dale Actor 1996
16% Heaven's Prisoners Robin Gaddis 1996
19% Bed of Roses Lisa 1995
24% Radioland Murders Penny 1994
9% Bad Girls Anita Crown 1994
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
33% Married to It Nina 1993
71% Benny & Joon Joon Pearl 1993
No Score Yet Mad at the Moon Jenny Hill 1992
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Idgie Threadgoode 1991
0% Funny About Love Daphne 1990
55% Immediate Family Lucy Moore 1989
67% Chances Are Miranda Jeffries 1989
50% Mr. North Elspeth Skeel 1988
No Score Yet My Little Girl Franny Bettinger 1987
47% Gardens of Stone Rachel 1987
81% Some Kind of Wonderful Watts/"Drummer Girl" 1987
87% At Close Range Terry 1986
33% Heaven Help Us Danni 1985
No Score Yet City in Fear Actor 1980
69% The Stepford Wives Kim Eberhart 1975


91% For Life
Anya Harrison Anya 2020
No Score Yet Blindspot
Eleanor Hirst 2018
No Score Yet NCIS
Jenna Flemming Jenna Fleming 2017
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Katherine Tucker 2015
94% The Good Wife
Rachel 2013
68% Touch
Beth Cooper 2012
25% Mercy
Dr. Denise Cabe 2010
43% Cupid
Mira 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix 2007
No Score Yet Blue's Clues
Cinderella 2004
23% Kate Brasher
Kate Brasher 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1992


Idgie Threadgoode says: One time, there was this lake, (pause) and uh, it was right outside of town. We used to go fishin' and swimmin' and canoein' in it, and uh (sniffle) this one November this flock of ducks came in and landed on that lake, and uh the temperature dropped so fast that the lake froze right there and then the ducks, they flew off ya see (voice breaking) and took the lake with them (small sob) and uh, now they say that lake is over in Georgia... (quite) imagine that.

Idgie Threadgoode says: (walks over to Ruth) (sobs and starts to cry)

Idgie Threadgoode says: There's so many (voice breaking) things I wanna say to you.

Ruth Jamison says: No, I love your stories. Tell me a story, Idgie.

Ruth Jamison says: (pause) Go on you old Bee Charmer, tell me a good tall tale.

Idgie Threadgoode says: I can't believe that he swore on the Bible!

Ruth Jamison says: Well, if that judge had looked any closer, he'd have seen that it was a copy of Moby Dick.

Idgie Threadgoode says: Believe me when I tell you, I don't want you to move out.

Idgie Threadgoode says: That's right, you gump-face, baboon-assed bastard!

Idgie Threadgoode says: You're never gonna jump, are you?

Ruth Jamison says: Don't you ever say never to me.

Ruth Jamison says: I've been thinkin', maybe I should move on because of Frank and all. I just... don't want you to feel like you have to look out for us. I just don't wanna be selfish, that's all. Maybe if I wasn't here you'd settle down.

Idgie Threadgoode says: I'm as settled as I ever hope to be.

Idgie Threadgoode says: (Talking to Ruth) See, now is the time for courage. I guess you already know that there are angels masqueradin' as people walkin' around this planet and your mom was the bravest ones of those.

Idgie Threadgoode says: See, now is the time for courage. I guess you already know that there are angels masqueradin' as people walkin' around this planet and your mom was the bravest ones of those.

Frank Bennett says: Well, hello there, miss. And who might you be?

Idgie Threadgoode says: Towanda, to you. Who are you?

Frank Bennett says: Oh, ah, Frank Bennett's the name, Miss... ah, Towanda.

Idgie Threadgoode says: Hmm.

Frank Bennett says: I must say, you are lookin' mighty fine today.

Idgie Threadgoode says: Are you a politician, or does lyin' just run in your family?

Idgie Threadgoode says: I'm as settled as i ever hope to be.

Idgie Threadgoode says: I'm as settled as I ever hope to be.

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: Some cultures are defined by their relationship to cheese...

Watts/"Drummer Girl" says: You break his heart, I break your face.

Idgie Threadgoode says: (chasing Ruth) Where are you goin' with my money?.

Idgie Threadgoode says: [chasing Ruth] Where are you goin' with my money?

Ruth Jamison says: (walking to the car) We're goin' home?.

Ruth Jamison says: [walking to the car] We're goin' home?

Idgie Threadgoode says: Who are you to be boss around?.

Idgie Threadgoode says: Who are you to be boss around?

Ruth Jamison says: I'm the one holdin' your money. That's who?.

Ruth Jamison says: I'm the one holdin' your money. That's who?

Idgie Threadgoode says: I don't know what's worse. Church or jail!.

Idgie Threadgoode says: I don't know what's worse, church or jail.

Sam says: I'm Sam.

Benny Pearl says: So I hear. I'm Benny.

Sam says: With an 'n'?

Benny Pearl says: Yea two of 'em. This is Joon.

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: One. You're out of your tree.

Sam says: It's not my tree

Sam says: It's not my tree.

Sam says: You don't like raisins?

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: Not really.

Sam says: Why?

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.

Sam says: Did you see those, those raisins on TV? The ones that sing and dance and stuff?

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: They scare me

Sam says: Yeah me too

Juniper "Joon" Pearl says: It's sick. The commercial people they make them sing and dance so people will eat them.