Marsha Mason

Actor, Director, Race car driver
Brunette leading lady Marsha Mason made her Broadway debut in "Cactus Flower" (1965) and soon after landed in her first feature film, the low-budget actioner "Hot Rod Hullabaloo" (1966). For the next several years, she ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1942 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

The Good Wife 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middle 2010, 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lipstick Jungle 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

Darcy's Mother (Actor)

The Long Shot: Believe in Courage 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bereft 2003 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Matthew Broderick 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jane Alexander 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Neil Simon: The People's Playwright 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Audrey Hopper (Actor)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Governor Eleanor Grant (Actor)

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Senator Gayle Robbins (Actor)

The Power of Water 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Clint Eastwood -- The Man From Malpaso 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

TGIF Comedy Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Fred 1991 (Movie)

Polly (Actor)

Dinner at Eight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Janice Morrison (Actor)

The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Shortstories (10/08/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Heartbreak Ridge 1986 (Movie)

Aggie (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Presenter

Max Dugan Returns 1983 (Movie)

Nora McPhee (Actor)

Only When I Laugh 1981 (Movie)

Georgia Hines (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Chapter Two 1979 (Movie)

Jennie MacLaine (Actor)

Promises in the Dark 1978 (Movie)

Dr Alexandra Kendall (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Georgia Merkle (Actor)

Audrey Rose 1977 (Movie)

Janice Templeton (Actor)

The Goodbye Girl 1977 (Movie)

Paula McFadden (Actor)

Cyrano de Bergerac 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

Arlene (Actor)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Maggie Paul (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Dr. Kildare 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Shadows 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Trust (TV Show)

Actor

Restless Spirits (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving (TV Show)

Actor

Trapped in Silence (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Little Miss Perfect 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Brunette leading lady Marsha Mason made her Broadway debut in "Cactus Flower" (1965) and soon after landed in her first feature film, the low-budget actioner "Hot Rod Hullabaloo" (1966). For the next several years, she appeared in stage productions on and off Broadway as well as played a recurring role on the daytime drama "Love of Life" (CBS). The early 1970s found her at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, where she acted in such classics as "The Merchant of Venice," "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "A Doll's House" (all 1972) before coming into her own as a film actress in 1973. That watershed year saw her first as one of George Segal's girlfriends in "Blume in Love" and then opposite James Caan as a hooker with an illegitimate black son in the earthy but touching "Cinderella Liberty," for which she earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination. She also returned to Broadway that year in Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor." Although the show was not successful, Mason won the playwright's heart and they married.

Relationships

James Joseph Mason

Father

Jacquelina Helena Mason

Mother

Gary Campbell

Husband
divorced in 1964

Neil Simon Screenplay

Husband

Neil Simon

Husband
married on October 25, 1973 divorced October 1983

Ellen Simon

Step-Daughter
born in 1957 wrote screenplay for "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995), adapted from her play

Nancy Simon

Step-Daughter
born c. 1963

Lewis Smith

Companion
dated in the mid-1980s

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1977

Webster College

Webster Groves , Missouri

Webster College

Webster Groves , Missouri

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2005

Cast as Mr. Darcy's mother in "Bride and Prejudice" Gurinder Chadha's Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale

2001

Cast as Ethel Gumm in the ABC miniseries "Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland", based on Lorna Luft's memoir

1999

Co-starred with Dreyfuss in London production of Neil Simon's play "The Prisoner of Second Avenue"

1998

Reteamed with Richard Dreyfuss on stage in "House", produced on Long Island, New York

1997

Had recurring role of Sherry, the blowsy girlfriend of Martin Crane (John Mahoney), on NBC sitcom "Frasier"

1996

Returned to NYC stage in Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana"

1996

Appeared in the feature film "2 Days in the Valley"

1995

Played Governor Eleanor Grant, the target of assassination, in "Nick of Time", starring Johnny Depp

1991

Starred in short-lived ABC-TV series, "Sibs" (also known as "Grown-Ups")

1989

Appeared in the TNT remake of "Dinner at Eight"; cast opposite John Mahoney

1987

TV directorial debut, the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" entitled "Little Miss Perfect"

1986

Acted opposite Clint Eastwood, playing his foul-mouthed ex-wife struggling to survive by pushing drinks in a town bar, in "Heartbreak Ridge"

1986

Directed "Juno's Swans" at NYC's Second Stage Theatre

1982

Last of five feature film collaborations with husband-screenwriter Neil Simon, "Max Dugan Returns"

1982

Network TV movie debut in "Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal" (CSB)

1981

Earned fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination as an alcoholic actress in "Only When I Laugh"

1979

Reunited with James Caan in "Chapter Two", adapted by Simon from his stage play; third Academy Award nomination as Best Actress

1977

First feature role in a film with a Neil Simon screenplay, "The Goodbye Girl"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination

1977

Starred in Robert Wise's reincarnation thriller "Audrey Rose"

1974

Appeared in the PBS "Great Performances" production of "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1973

Received first of four Best Actress Oscar nominations for "Cinderella Liberty", co-starring James Caan

1973

Appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor"; later married the playwright

1972

Portrayed Nurse Marsha Lord in syndicated TV series "Young Dr Kildaire"

1967

Landed role in Norman Mailer's Off-Broadway play "The Deer Park"

1966

Film debut in "Hot Rod Hullabaloo"

1965

Broadway debut, "Cactus Flower"

Played Judith Cole on daytime soap, "Love of Life" (CBS)

Moved to New York to continue stage career

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