- Mary Steenburgen
Steenburgen in December 2009 at the ceremony for Steenburgen to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born Mary Nell Steenburgen
February 8, 1953
Occupation Actress Years active 1978–present Notable works Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard Spouse Malcolm McDowell (1980-1990) (divorced) 2 children
Ted Danson (1995-present)
Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard, which earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, the daughter of Nellie Mae (née Wall), a school-board secretary, and Maurice Steenburgen, a freight-train conductor who worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Steenburgen grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Steenburgen moved to New York City in 1972, working at Doubleday's while studying acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse under Will Esper. Her break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office and was cast as the lead in his second directorial effort, the 1978 Western Goin' South. In only her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing the wife of a man who claims to have befriended reclusive eccentric Howard Hughes.
In Back to the Future Part III (1990), Steenburgen played Clara Clayton, a school teacher who falls in love with Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd. She was persuaded to play the role by her children, as well as by fans of the Back to the Future films, and reprised the role by providing the character's voice in Back to the Future: The Animated Series.
Other notable film appearances came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, her performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape as a woman who is having an affair with the main character Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), her role as Hannah Nixon in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon, and as a woman who discovers her husband is the father of a North Pole elf in the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf. She appeared in the 2008 comedy Step Brothers, another film starring Will Ferrell, playing the mother of Ferrell's character.
In The Butcher's Wife, also starring Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels, Steenburgen plays a lead role in which she also sings. Film critic Charles Taylor, in The New York Times, said Steenburgen's "slow-drip voice comes to your ears like honey arriving on a moonbeam". She also acted in the film Life as a House.
She has starred in the sitcom Ink with her current husband Ted Danson, had a regular role in the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia and starred in the television miniseries of Gulliver's Travels with Danson. She appeared as herself alongside Danson in the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. In 2002, she played Grace Rinato in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, in the episode "Denial".
In recent years, she has been in the comedy films Four Christmases opposite Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, Step Brothers opposite Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and The Proposal opposite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
Steenburgen received the 2,395th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 2009.
It was announced in June 2010 that Steenburgen would star in a new FX pilot, Outlaw Country.
Steenburgen married Malcolm McDowell in 1980 and they had two children together: Lilly Amanda (now Lilly McDowell Walton), born January 31, 1981, and Charles Malcolm, born July 10, 1983. Charlie, who runs a popular blog and twitter feed titled "Dear Girls Above Me" recently had his website, which details the many vapid and airheaded things his upstair neighbors can be overheard saying, optioned for a movie produced by Ashton Kutcher. Steenburgen and McDowell divorced in 1990, and Steenburgen has been married to actor Ted Danson since 1995.
In September 2005, she and Danson gave a guest lecture for students at the Clinton School of Public Service where they discussed their roles in public service as well as the foundations and causes in which they are involved. An alumna of Hendrix College, Steenburgen received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 1989. In 2006, Steenburgen received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.
Year Film Role Other notes 1978 Goin' South Julia Tate/Moon Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Acting Debut – Female 1979 Time After Time Amy Robbins Saturn Award for Best Actress 1980 Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar •Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
•Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
•Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
•Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
•Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
•National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
•New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1981 Ragtime Mother Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture 1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian 1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Mary / Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Romantic Comedy Phoebe Craddock 1985 One Magic Christmas Ginny Hanks Grainger Nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Tender Is the Night Nicole Warren Diver TV mini-series
Nominated for British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
Nominated for CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1987 The Whales of August Young Sarah Dead of Winter Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn 1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep Gies Television movie
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
End of the Line Rose Pickett 1989 Parenthood Karen Buckman Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge 1990 The Long Walk Home Narrator voice Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress 1991 The Butcher's Wife Stella Keefover Back to the Future: The Animated Series Clara Clayton-Brown (voice) 1993 Philadelphia Belinda Conine What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver 1994 Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy The Gift TV It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker (Mother) Clifford Sarah Davis 1995 Nixon Hannah Nixon Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Grass Harp Sister Ida My Family Gloria Powder Jesse 1996 Gulliver's Travels Mary Gulliver TV Ink Kate Montgomery TV Series 1998 About Sarah Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey TV
Nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1999 Noah's Ark Naamah TV 2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself 4 episodes Picnic Rosemary Sydney TV 2001 I Am Sam Dr. Blake Life as a House Colleen Beck The Trumpet of the Swan Mother Voice Nobody's Baby Estelle 2002 Wish You Were Dead Sally Rider Nominated for DVD Premiere Award for Best Supporting Actress Sunshine State Francine Pinkney Talking to Heaven / Living with the Dead Detective Karen Condrin TV 2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Helen Girardi TV Series – 45 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series
2003 Elf Emily Hobbs Casa de los Babys Gayle Hope Springs Joanie Fisher 2004 Capital City Elaine Summer TV It Must Be Love Clem Gazelle TV 2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Marienne Hotchkiss 2006 The Dead Girl Beverley, Leah's Mother Inland Empire Visitor #2 2007 Reinventing the Wheelers Claire Wheeler TV Elvis and Anabelle Geneva Numb Dr. Cheryl Blaine Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson The Brave One Carol Honeydripper Amanda Winship 2008 Step Brothers Nancy Huff Four Christmases Marilyn 2009 In the Electric Mist Bootsie Robicheaux The Open Road Katherine The Proposal Grace Paxton Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma Wheeler 2010 Dirty Girl Peggy 2011 The Help Elain Stein 2011 Wilfred Ryan's Mother Katherine TV
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Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (1961–1980)
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Complete list · (1936–1940) · (1941–1960) · (1961–1980) · (1981–2000) · (2001–2020) Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (1961–1980)
Rita Moreno (1961) · Angela Lansbury (1962) · Margaret Rutherford (1963) · Agnes Moorehead (1964) · Ruth Gordon (1965) · Jocelyne LaGarde (1966) · Carol Channing (1967) · Ruth Gordon (1968) · Goldie Hawn (1969) · Karen Black/Maureen Stapleton (1970) · Ann-Margret (1971) · Shelley Winters (1972) · Linda Blair (1973) · Karen Black (1974) · Brenda Vaccaro (1975) · Katharine Ross (1976) · Vanessa Redgrave (1977) · Dyan Cannon (1978) · Meryl Streep (1979) · Mary Steenburgen (1980)
Complete List · (1943–1960) · (1961–1980) · (1981–2000) · (2001–present)
Katharine Ross (1974/75) · Blythe Danner (1976) · Jodie Foster (1977) · Margot Kidder (1978) · Mary Steenburgen (1979) · Angie Dickinson (1980) · Karen Allen (1981) · Sandahl Bergman (1982) · Louise Fletcher (1983) · Daryl Hannah (1984) · Coral Browne (1985) · Sigourney Weaver (1986) · Jessica Tandy (1987) · Catherine Hicks (1988) · Demi Moore (1989/90)
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