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Melinda Dillon

Lowest Rated:   8% Captain America (1990)
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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).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
55% 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
84% Magnolia
  • Rose Gator
1999
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
  • Sister Aloysius
1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt
  • Mrs. Darling
1995
39% 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
73% The Prince of Tides
  • Savannah
1991
8% 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
44% 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
86% 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
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Anna Zerinkas
1978
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Jillian Guiler
1977
83% Slap Shot
  • Suzanne Hanrahan
1977
84% Bound for Glory
  • Mary Guthrie
1976
No Score Yet The April Fools
  • Leslie
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Jenny Rogers
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1985

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