Frances Sternhagen

Actor, Teacher
A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1930 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Gloria Forrest (Actor)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Irma Rombauer (Actor)

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

Irene Reppler (Actor)

ER 2000 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rising Place 2002 (Movie)

Ruth--Virginia's Mother (Actor)

Highway 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1991, 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Road Home 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

Dr Waldheim (Actor)

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Golden Years 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Follow Your Heart 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Misery 1990 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Turner (Actor)

Walking the Dog 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Communion, A True Story 1989 (Movie)

Dr Janet Duffy (Actor)

See You in the Morning 1989 (Movie)

Neenie (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Clara Tillinghast (Actor)

The Dining Room 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Under One Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Romantic Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

Independence Day 1982 (Movie)

Carla Taylor (Actor)

Outland 1981 (Movie)

Dr Lazarus (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother and Daughter: The Loving War 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Marva Potter (Actor)

Who'll Save Our Children? 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Fedora 1978 (Movie)

Miss Balfour (Actor)

Sojourner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Enemies 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Two People 1973 (Movie)

Mrs McCluskey (Actor)

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

Mrs. Cushing (Actor)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

Lady on Bus (Actor)

Up the Down Staircase 1967 (Movie)

Charlotte Wolf (Actor)

Among the Shadows (Movie)

June Dorn (Actor)

At Mother's Request (TV Show)

Actor

Once Again (Movie)

(Actor)

Prototype (TV Show)

Actor

Resting Place (TV Show)

Actor

She Woke Up (TV Show)

Actor

The Con (TV Show)

Actor

The Donner Party (TV Show)

Voice

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

The Rimers of Eldritch (TV Show)

Actor

To Live Again (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly disapproving characters as well as warmly maternal women. Sternhagen's credits include the classic "The Hospital" (1971), "Two People" (1973) and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" (1978). She won attention for her portrayal as Burt Reynolds' relative under whose auspices he meets his new love in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over" (1979) and nearly stole the sci-fi thriller "Outland" (1981), providing comic relief and support to marshal Sean Connery. Sternhagen portrayed a prissy co-worker of Michael J. Fox in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Farrah Fawcett's mother in Pakula's "See You in the Morning" (1989), Richard Farnsworth's wife in "Misery" (1990) and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in "Raising Cain" (1992).

Relationships

Gertrude Sternhagen

Mother

Thomas Carlin

Husband
Born c. 1929 married February 13, 1956 died in 1991

Amanda Carlin

Daughter
Father, Thomas Carlin

John Carlin

Son
Father, Thomas Carlin

Paul Carlin

Son
Appeared on stage with mother in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in 1998 father, Thomas Carlin

Peter Carlin

Son
Father, Thomas Carlin

Tony Carlin

Son
Father, Thomas Carlin

Sarah Morse

Daughter
Father, Thomas Carlin

John Sternhagen

Father

EDUCATION

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York 1951

Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C. 1952
Graduate work

Neighborhood Playhouse

New York , New York
Studied with Sanford Meisner

Perry Mansfield School of the Theatre

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in Frank Darabont's thriller "The Mist"

2006

Played Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick)'s disapproving Southern mother in the TNT series, "The Closer"

2005

Starred on Broadway in the revival of Edward Albee's "Seascape"

2000

Cast as Bunny MacDougal, mother of Trey, Charlotte's first husband on "Sex and the City" (HBO)

1999

Returned to the NYC stage in "The Exact Center of the Universe"

1997

Had recurring role of Millicent Carter on the NBC drama "ER"

1995

Garnered second Tony Award as Aunt Lavinia in the revival of "The Heiress"

1994

Played Karen Allen's mother on short-lived CBS family drama "The Road Home"

1991

Starred opposite Keith Szarabajka in short-lived CBS drama "Stephen King's Golden Years"

1986

Played recurring role of Esther Clavin, mother of Cliff (John Ratzenberger) on NBC comedy "Cheers"

1985

London stage debut, "The Way at Home"

1985

Co-starred in NBC sitcom "Under One Roof", a revamped version of "Spencer"

1974

Earned critical praise and a Tony Award for her performance in Neil Simon's short-lived "The Good Doctor"

1967

Film debut, "Up the Down Staircase"

1967

Played Toni Prentiss Davis on CBS daytime drama "Love of Life"

1955

Off-Broadway debut, "Thieves' Carnival"

1955

Broadway debut, "The Skin of Our Teeth"

1955

TV debut, "The Great Bank Robbery" on "Omnibus" (CBS)

1953

Acted with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

1948

Stage debut at a Bryn Mawr summer theater in "The Glass Menagerie" and "Angel Street"

Worked as drama teacher at the Milton Academy, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000

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