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Mary Steenburgen

Highest Rated:   100% Antiquities (2019)
Lowest Rated:   0% Nobody's Baby (2001)
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Birthplace:   Newport, Arkansas, USA
Curly haired, sandy-voiced actress Mary Steenburgen is a natural when it comes to playing Southerners, probably because she hails from the region herself. Born in Arkansas on February 8, 1953, Steenburgen was the daughter of a railroad employee. Pursuing drama in college, she headed to New York in 1972, where she worked with an improvisational troupe. She was spotted by Jack Nicholson, who cast her as his feisty "in name only" frontier wife in 1978's Goin' South. Two years later, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Melvin Dummar's inamorata in Melvin and Howard (1980).Able to convey a wide age and character range, Steenburgen was effectively cast as a free-spirited Frisco girl in Time After Time (1979), the corseted matriarch of a turn-of-the-century household in Ragtime (1981), prim authoress Marjorie Rawlins in Cross Creek (1983), a long-suffering suburban housewife in Parenthood (1989), and a Marcia Clark-like attorney in Philadelphia (1993). She also portrayed the Jules Verne-loving Western schoolmarm Clara in Back to the Future 3 (1990), a role she perpetuated (via voice-over) on the Back to the Future TV cartoon series. In 1988, she was executive producer of End of the Line, in which she also appeared. Steenburgen's film appearances throughout the 1990s were erratic: some highlights, in addition to Philadelphia, include What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Nixon (1995), and The Grass Harp (1995). In 1999, she starred as Noah's wife in the biblical epic Noah's Ark, sharing the screen with the likes of Jon Voight, F. Murray Abraham, James Coburn, and Carol Kane. As the 21st century began, Steenburgen continued to work steadily in projects such as Life as a House, I Am Sam, Sunshine State, and Elf. She was cast in the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia in 2003. In 2006 she appeared in David Lynch's Inland Empire, and the next year she starred opposite Jodie Foster in the vigilante drama The Brave One. She was cast in the comedies Step Brothers and Four Christmases in 2008, and in 2011 she was the editor who inspires the main character to write the book in The Help.Formerly married for several years to actor Malcolm McDowell, Steenburgen married former Cheers star Ted Danson in 1995. The two have collaborated on a number of projects, including 1994's Pontiac Moon and the made-for-TV Gulliver's Travels in 1996.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Nightmare Alley
  • Actor
2021
82% Happiest Season
  • Tipper
2020
74% Flannery
  • Flannery
2020
45% Katie Says Goodbye
  • Actor
2019
100% Antiquities
  • Dr. Margot
2019
54% Book Club
  • Carol
2018
28% I Do... Until I Don't
  • Cybil
$0.3M 2017
64% Dean
  • Carol
$0.3M 2017
8% The Book Of Love
  • Actor
2017
60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
  • Aunt Cly
2015
47% A Walk In The Woods
  • Jeannie
$19.2M 2015
33% Song One
  • Karen
$20.7k 2015
86% 7 Days in Hell
  • Louisa Poole
2015
60% Brahmin Bulls
  • Helen West
2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (English Version)
$0.5M 2014
46% Last Vegas
  • Diana
$51.5M 2013
34% Dirty Girl
  • Peggy
$54.1k 2011
76% The Help
  • Elaine Stein
$169.8M 2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Cafe Patron
2011
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  • Emma Wheeler
$29.6M 2009
No Score Yet ClarkWorld
  • Actor
2009
29% The Open Road
  • Katherine
2009
44% The Proposal
  • Grace Paxton
$164M 2009
58% In the Electric Mist
  • Bootsie
2009
26% Nobel Son
  • Sarah Michaelson
$0.4M 2008
25% Four Christmases
  • Marilyn
$120.2M 2008
55% Step Brothers
  • Nancy Huff
$100.5M 2008
69% Honeydripper
  • Amanda Winship
2007
44% The Brave One
  • Carol
$36.9M 2007
No Score Yet Elvis & Anabelle
  • Geneva
2007
No Score Yet Numb
  • Dr. Cheryl Blaine
2007
No Score Yet American Outrage
  • Narrator
2007
76% The Dead Girl
  • Beverley, Leah's Mother
2006
72% Inland Empire
  • Actor
2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
  • Marienne Hotchkiss
$0.2M 2006
85% Elf
  • Emily
$173.4M 2003
58% Casa de los Babys
  • Gayle
$0.4M 2003
23% Hope Springs
  • Joanie Fisher
2003
80% Sunshine State
  • Francine Pinkney
$2.9M 2002
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead)
  • Det. Karen Condrin
2002
No Score Yet Wish You Were Dead
  • Sally Rider
2002
35% I Am Sam
  • Dr. Blake
$40.3M 2001
47% Life as a House
  • Coleen
$15.5M 2001
14% The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Mother
2001
0% Nobody's Baby
  • Estelle
2001
No Score Yet Noah's Ark
  • Naamah
1999
No Score Yet About Sarah
  • Sarah McCaffrey
1998
50% The Grass Harp
  • Sister Ida
1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
75% Nixon
  • Hannah Nixon
1995
50% Powder
  • Jessie
1995
79% My Family
  • Gloria
1995
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Mrs. Parker
1994
46% Wyatt Earp
  • Actor
1994
13% Clifford
  • Sarah
1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon
  • Katherine Bellamy
1994
90% What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Betty Carver
1993
81% Philadelphia
  • Belinda Conine
1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
25% The Butcher's Wife
  • Stella Keefover
1991
No Score Yet Secrets of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy
  • Actor
1991
88% The Long Walk Home
  • Narration
1990
80% Back to the Future Part III
  • Clara Clayton
1990
91% Parenthood
  • Karen
1989
75% Miss Firecracker
  • Elain Rutledge
1989
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
  • Miep
1988
60% End of the Line
  • Rose
  • Executive Producer
1987
64% The Whales of August
  • Young Sarah
1987
77% Dead of Winter
  • Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn
1986
47% One Magic Christmas
  • Ginny Grainger
1985
29% Romantic Comedy
  • Phoebe Craddock
1983
56% Cross Creek
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1983
77% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
  • Adrian
1982
92% Ragtime
  • Mother
1981
91% Melvin and Howard
  • Lynda Dummar
1980
87% Time After Time
  • Amy Robbins
1979
No Score Yet Rabbit Test
  • Actor
1978
73% Goin' South
  • Julia Tate / Moon
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
2020
  • Maggie
  • 2021
  • 2020
82% Bless the Harts
2019-2020
  • Voice
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
85% On Becoming a God in Central Florida
2019
  • Actor
  • 2019
43% This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
2019
  • Appearing
  • 2019
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
  • Guest
  • 2018
85% The Last Man on Earth
2015-2018
  • Gail
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017-2019
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2017
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • Mary Steenburgen Herself
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2000
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • Mary Steenburgen Herself
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2006
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2008
  • 2006
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Katherine Hale
  • 2015
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Linda
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
83% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Catherine
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2004
78% 30 Rock
2006-2020
  • Diana Jessup
  • 2012
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Josephine
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005-2020
  • Beth Griffith
  • 2010
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
96% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
  • Helen Girardi
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Grace Rinato
  • 2002
43% Ink
1996-1997
  • Kate
  • 1997
  • 1996
93% Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Marjorie
  • 1995
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
1992-1993
  • Actor
  • 1992
No Score Yet Back to the Future
1991-1992
  • Voice

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