Melinda Dillon

Melinda Dillon

Highest Rated: 100% Songwriter (1984)

Lowest Rated: 13% Captain America (1990)

Birthday: Oct 13, 1939

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA

An original member of the Second City improv troupe, Melinda Dillon scored a Tony nomination for her supporting work as the vulnerable Honey in the original Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" After her Golden Globe-nominated turn in "Bound for Glory" (1976), she earned an Oscar nomination for one of her most famous roles, that of a mother in search of her alien-abducted child in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). After roles in "Slap Shot" (1977) and "F.I.S.T." (1978), she earned another Oscar nomination as a woman driven to suicide by the machinations of a reporter (Sally Field) in "Absence of Malice" (1981) and achieved pop cultural immortality as the sweet, slightly goofy mother in the ultimate holiday classic, "A Christmas Story" (1983). Dillon scored important roles as John Lithgow's wife in "Harry and the Hendersons" (1987) and Nick Nolte's troubled sister in "The Prince of Tides" (1991), but notched smaller supporting turns in the ensemble pieces "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and "Magnolia" (1999). Working steadily but quietly, the actress continued to pop up in character roles, including an uncredited turn in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" (2012). Equally adept at comedy as well as drama, Melinda Dillon was an exceptionally gifted actress who brought a unique spark to any project in which she appeared.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
64% 81% Reign Over Me Ginger (Character) $19.7M 2007
55% 56% Adam & Steve Dottie (Character) $309.4K 2005
No Score Yet 33% Debating Robert Lee Mrs. Lee (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 62% A Painted House Gran Chandler (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 91% Cowboy Up Rose Braxton (Character) - 2000
83% 89% Magnolia Rose Gator (Character) $22.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Effects of Magic Mom (Character) - 1998
50% 69% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Sister Aloysius (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 71% Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Polly Judd (Character) - 1995
62% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Mrs. Darling (Character) $23.6M 1995
39% 71% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Merna (Character) $36.4M 1995
No Score Yet 33% State of Emergency Betty Anderson (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 60% Sioux City Leah Goldman (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judgment Day: The John List Story Eleanor (Character) - 1993
70% 70% The Prince of Tides Savannah Wingo (Character) $72M 1991
13% 16% Captain America Mrs. Rogers (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 18% Spontaneous Combustion Nina (Character) - 1990
80% 53% Staying Together Eileen McDermott (Character) $4.1M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightbreaker Paula Brown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shattered Innocence Sharon Anderson (Character) - 1988
43% 54% Harry and the Hendersons Nancy Henderson (Character) $27.1M 1987
No Score Yet 77% Shattered Spirits Joyce Mollencamp (Character) - 1986
100% 44% Songwriter Honey Carder (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 67% Right of Way Ruda Dwyer (Character) - 1983
89% 88% A Christmas Story Mrs. Parker (Character) $20.7M 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angel Sherry Phillips (Character) - 1981
81% 63% Absence of Malice Teresa (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow Box Agnes (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Transplant Ann Hurley (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marriage Is Alive and Well Jeannie (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Dr. Kris Lassiter (Character) - 1978
73% 56% F.I.S.T. Anna Zarinkas (Character) - 1978
85% 89% Slap Shot Suzanne Hanrahan (Character) - 1977
94% 85% Close Encounters of the Third Kind Jillian Guiler (Character) $3.1M 1977
86% 77% Bound for Glory Mary/Memphis Sue (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 65% The April Fools Leslie Hopkins (Character) - 1969

TV

Credit
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jenny Rogers (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Client Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge Polly Judd (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Daphne (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964

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