Melinda Dillon

Melinda Dillon

Highest Rated: 100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release (2017)

Lowest Rated: 7% Captain America (1990)

Birthday: Oct 13, 1939

Birthplace: Not Available

Though best known for her intense, sensitive dramatic portrayals, Melinda Dillon first attracted attention as an improvisational comedienne. Her Broadway break came about when she played the hypertense Honey in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1962). Making her film debut playing a small role in The April Fools (1969). Since then Dillon has been Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of a mother whose young child is abducted by aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and her performance as a suicidal grade-school teacher in Absence of Malice (1981). After seeing Melinda Dillon so often afflicted with trembling lip and moistened eyes, it was somewhat a relief to watch her return to comedy full-force on the 1971 TV revue series Story Theatre and as Peter Billingsley's overbearing mother ("You'll put your eye out!") in A Christmas Story (1983). Dillon continues working in a wide variety of feature films like How to Make an American Quilt (1995); she also occasionally appears in television movies such as Shattered Innocence (1984).


Highest Rated Movies



100% Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Release Jillian Guiler $3.1M 2017
64% Reign Over Me Ginger Timpleman $19.7M 2007
No Score Yet Debating Robert Lee Mrs. Lee 2006
54% Adam & Steve Dottie $0.2M 2005
No Score Yet A Painted House Gran Chandler 2003
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Actor 2001
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Rose Braxton 2000
83% Magnolia Rose Gator 1999
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Sister Aloysius 1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt Mrs. Darling 1995
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Merna 1995
No Score Yet Sioux City Leah Goldman 1994
No Score Yet State of Emergency Betty Anderson 1994
62% Demolition Man Actor 1993
No Score Yet Judgment Day: The John List Story Eleanor 1993
68% The Prince of Tides Savannah 1991
7% Captain America Mrs. Rogers 1990
No Score Yet Spontaneous Combustion Nina 1990
80% Staying Together Eileen 1989
No Score Yet Nightbreaker Paula Brown 1989
No Score Yet Shattered Innocence Sharon 1988
45% Harry and the Hendersons Nancy Henderson 1987
No Score Yet Shattered Spirits Actor 1987
100% Songwriter Honey Carder 1984
No Score Yet Juggler of Notre Dame Actor 1984
No Score Yet Right of Way Ruda Dwyer 1983
89% A Christmas Story Mrs. Parker 1983
80% Absence Of Malice Teresa 1981
No Score Yet Fallen Angel Sherry Phillips 1981
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Agnes 1980
No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well Actor 1980
No Score Yet Transplant Actor 1979
73% F.I.S.T. Anna Zerinkas 1978
95% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Jillian Guiler 1977
85% Slap Shot Suzanne Hanrahan 1977
86% Bound for Glory Mary Guthrie 1976
No Score Yet The April Fools Leslie 1969


45% Heartland
Janet Jacobs 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Jenny Rogers 2005
64% The Lyon's Den
Charlotte Barrington 2003
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Violet Loomis 2001
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
82% Picket Fences
Vicki Klausner 1996
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Daphne 1975
No Score Yet Bonanza
Cissie 1969


Mother says: do the little piggy's eat?

Mother says: Randy... how do the little piggy's eat?

Mother says: You'll shoot your eye out!

Randy says: I can't put my arms down!

Mother says: You can put your arms down when you get to school.

Jillian Guiler says: [on the police inquiring about her missing son] They asked me if I'd seen any strangers in the neighborhood.

Mother says: [at Ralphie in the pink bunny suit] Ohhh isn't that CUTE?!!

The Old Man says: He looks like a deranged Easter bunny. It's a pink nightmare. Are you happy wearing that, Ralph?