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Mary Steenburgen ACTOR


Mary Steenburgen was born on February 8th, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas with the middle name Nell, born to Nell and Maurice Steenburgen. As a youngster she developed an interest in acting and participated in drama at school. She was raised in Little Rock, North Arkansas and after high school in 1972 she relocated to New York to study acting at new York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
She was first discovered when she was in the reception room at Paramount Studio's and actor, Jack Nicholson took notice of her. He was working as a director on the film, "Goin' South" (1978) and cast her as the lead.
Soon more prominent film roles followed such as, "Time After Time" (1979) and "Melvin and Howard" (1980), a role for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
As her career progressed she added such film credits to her resume as, "Cross Creek" (1983), "Back to the Future Part III" (1990), "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993), "Nixon" (1995), "Wish You Were Dead" (2002), "Elf" (2003) and "Joan of Arcadia" (2003).
In addition to appearing in a number of successful films she has also made appearances on such television series as, "Ink" (1996), "Gulliver's Travels" (1996), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000-2009), "Bored to Death" (2011) and "Outlaw" (2011).
More recently she has returned to films appearing in such features as, "Step Brothers" (2008), "Four Christmases" (2008), "The Proposal" (2009) and "The Help" (2011).
Along with her acting career, Steenburgen is also a supporter of various humanitarian causes. in 2006 she was honored with a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. Steenburgen also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Industry.
Mary Steenburgen has married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Malcolm McDowell in 1980 and they had two children together before the marriage came to an end in 1990. She then married actor Ted Danson in 1995 and they remain together today and reside in Los Angeles. Both her children also went on to pursue careers in entertainment, her daughter Lilly is an actress and her son, Charlie is a producer and director.


2012  The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

2011  Outlaw Country

2012  30 Rock

2011  Bored to Death

2011  Robot Chicken

2011  Wilfred

2011  The Help

2011  Keepin' It Real Estate

2011  Fight for Your Right Revisited

2010  Dirty Girl

2010  Weird: The Al Yankovic Stor

2010  Southern Discomfort

2009  Did You Hear About the Morgans?

2000-2009  Curb Your Enthusiasm

2009  The Proposal

2009  In the Electric Mist

2009  The Open Road

2009  Happiness Isn't Everything

2008  Four Christmases

2008  High-Five Hollywood!

2008  Step Brothers

2007  Honeydripper

2007  The Brave One

2007  Numb

2007  Nobel Son

2007  Elvis and Anabelle

2007  Reinventing the Wheelers

2006  The Dead Girl

2006  Inland Empire

2003-2005  Joan of Arcadia

2005  Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

2004  Capital City

2004  It Must Be Love

2004  Becker

2003  Elf

2003  Casa de los babys

2003  Hope Springs

2002  Wish You Were Dead

2002  Sunshine State

2002  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2002  Living with the Dead

2002  Reel Comedy

2002  Mrs. Pilgrim Goes to Hollywood

2001  I Am Sam

2001  Life as a House

2001  The Trumpet of the Swan

2001  Nobody's Baby

2000  Picnic

1999  Noah's Ark

1998  About Sarah

1996-1997  Ink

1996  Gulliver's Travels

1995  Nixon

1995  Powder

1995  The Grass Harp

1995  My Family

1995  Frasier

1994  Pontiac Moon

1994  The Gift

1994  It Runs in the Family

1994  Clifford

1993  Philadelphia

1993  What's Eating Gilbert Grape

1991-1992  Back to the Future

1991  The Butcher's Wife

1990  The Long Walk Home

1990  Back to the Future Part III

1989  Parenthood

1989  Miss Firecracker

1988  The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank

1987  End of the Line

1987  The Whales of August

1987  Dead of Winter

1985  One Magic Christmas

1985  Tender Is the Night

1983  Faerie Tale Theatre

1983  Romantic Comedy

1983  Cross Creek

1982  A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

1981  Ragtime

1980  Melvin and Howard

1979  Time After Time

1978  Goin' South

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