Mary Steenburgen

Actor, Comedian, Executive producer
Soft-spoken and endearing, Mary Steenburgen first achieved a measure of fame with her debut role in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western "Goin' South" (1978), before winning raves and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1953 in Newport, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Turkey Hollow 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

7 Days in Hell 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walk in the Woods 2015 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Justified 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Song One 2015 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Last Man On Earth 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brahmin Bulls 2014 (Movie)

Helen West (Actor)

The One I Love 2014 (Movie)

Mom (Voice)

Wish You Were Dead 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Girl 2011 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Elaine Stein (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000, 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 (Movie)

Emma Wheeler (Actor)

Elvis and Anabelle 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Electric Mist 2009 (Movie)

Bootsie Robicheaux (Actor)

The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

The Proposal 2009 (Movie)

Grace Paxton (Actor)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

Sarah Michaelson (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Step Brothers 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Step Brothers 2008 (Movie)

Nancy Huff (Actor)

Honeydripper 2007 (Movie)

Amanda Winship (Actor)

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Visitor #2 (Actor)

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Marienne Hotchkiss (Actor)

Numb 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Cheryl Blaine (Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Leah's Mother (Actor)

Joan of Arcadia 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Gayle (Actor)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Hope Springs 2003 (Movie)

Joanie Fisher (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Francine Pickney (Actor)

The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Blake (Actor)

Life As A House 2001 (Movie)

Coleen Beck (Actor)

The Trumpet of the Swan 2001 (Movie)

of Louie's Mother (Voice)

Intimate Portrait: Mary Steenburgen 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Baby 2000 (Movie)

Estelle (Actor)

Picnic 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Sister Ida (Actor)

My Family, Mi Familia 1995 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Hannah Nixon (Actor)

Powder 1995 (Movie)

Jessie Caldwell (Actor)

The Gift 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

Sarah Davis (Actor)

It Runs in the Family 1994 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Pontiac Moon 1994 (Movie)

Katherine Bellamy (Actor)

Back to the Future 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Belinda Conine (Actor)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

Betty Carver (Actor)

The Butcher's Wife 1991 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Back to the Future III 1990 (Movie)

Clara Clayton (Actor)

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Miss Firecracker 1989 (Movie)

Elain Rutledge (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Dead of Winter 1987 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

Rose Pickett (Actor)

The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)

Young Sarah (Actor)

Tender Is The Night 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

One Magic Christmas 1985 (Movie)

Ginny Grainger (Actor)

The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Performer

Romantic Comedy 1983 (Movie)

Phoebe Craddock (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy 1982 (Movie)

Adrian (Actor)

Cross Creek 1982 (Movie)

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Actor)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

Lynda Dummar (Actor)

Time After Time 1979 (Movie)

Amy Robbins (Actor)

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

Julia Tate (Actor)

About Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Laura Dern (TV Show)

Narrator

It Must be Love (TV Show)

Actor

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Country (TV Show)

Actor

Togetherness (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Song One 2015 (Movie)

("Man In The Moon") (Song)

The One I Love 2014 (Movie)

("Roses Grow Thorns") (Song)

Dirty Girl 2011 (Movie)

("Rainbird") (Song)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("God's Clothesline" "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho") (Song Performer)

The Butcher's Wife 1991 (Movie)

("In the Dark" "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer" "What'll I Do") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

End of the Line 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Soft-spoken and endearing, Mary Steenburgen first achieved a measure of fame with her debut role in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western "Goin' South" (1978), before winning raves and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Melvin's flustered but caring wife in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard" (1980). She starred alongside Steve Martin and an all-star ensemble cast in the Ron Howard family comedy "Parenthood" (1989), prior to falling in love with time-traveling Doc Brown in "Back to the Future III" (1990). She had a rare turn as an unlikable character when she reteamed with Demme for the heart-wrenching drama "Philadelphia" (1993), acting opposite Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. After a small, but memorable role in Oliver Stone's political docudrama "Nixon" (1995), she later began what would be a steady string of appearances as herself - along with her celebrated husband Ted Danson - on the hit comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ). Increasingly cast in the role of family matriarch, Steenburgen infused these roles with an effervescence and wit that resulted in fully realized, eminently likable characters. She brought something extra to the role of James Caan's neglected wife in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy "Elf" (2003), and showed an inordinate amount of patience as Ferrell's mother in "Step Brothers" (2008). Pulling off a feat few actresses could manage, Steenburgen successfully transitioned from charming waif to elegantly mature actress over the course of 30-plus years, without any signs of slowing down.

Relationships

Ted Danson Actor

Husband
Met while filming "Pontiac Moon" (1994) Married Oct. 7, 1995 Co-starred on NBC's "Gulliver's Travels" (1996) and HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Kate Danson Actor

Step-Mother

Alexis Danson

Step-Mother

Nancy Kelley

Sister

Lilly McDowell Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 22, 1981; father, Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell Actor

Husband
Met when they co-starred in H. G. Wells' "Time After Time" (1979) Married Sept. 29, 1980 Divorced Oct. 1, 1990

Charlie McDowell Actor

Son
Born July 10, 1983; father, Malcolm McDowell

Maurice Steenburgen

Father
Worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad Died of lung cancer in 1989

Nell Steenburgen

Mother

EDUCATION

Neighborhood Playhouse School

New York , New York 1972
Studied with Sanford Meisner

Hendrix College

Conway , Arkansas

Milestones

2009

Played Ryan Reynolds' mother in the comedy "The Proposal"

2008

Cast as Will Ferrell's mother in the comedy "Step Brothers"

2007

Co-starred with Jodie Foster in the crime drama, "The Brave One"

2006

Played the title role in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"

2003

Cast as the title character's mother in the CBS drama "Joan of Arcadia"

2003

Played the wife of James Caan in the Jon Favreau comedy "Elf"

2002

Joined the ensemble cast of "Sunshine State" written and directed by John Sayles

2001

Featured in the drama, "Life as a House" starring Kevin Kline

2000

Appeared several times opposite real life husband, Ted Danson on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)

2000

Returned to the NYC stage in "The Beginning of August"

1996

Played the wife of the title character, opposite husband Ted Danson in the NBC miniseries, "Gulliver's Travels"

1996

Cast opposite real-life husband Ted Danson in the CBS sitcom "Ink"

1995

Portrayed the mother of Richard Nixon in the Oliver Stone biopic "Nixon"

1994

Made Los Angeles stage debut in "Marvin's Room"

1993

Played an adulterous wife, having an affair with Johnny Depp in Lasse Hallström's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"

1993

Made Broadway stage debut in the title role of "Candida"

1991

Provided the voice of Clara Clayton for the CBS Saturday morning cartoon "Back to the Future: The Animated Series"

1990

Played Clara Clayton, Doc's love interest, in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future Part III"

1989

Played Steve Martin's wife in the Ron Howard directed "Parenthood"

1988

Earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the CBS movie "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank"

1988

Executive producing debut, "End of the Line"; also co-starred

1987

Made London stage debut in Lindsay Anderson's "Holiday"

1985

TV debut, playing the lead in the Showtime adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night"

1982

Featured in Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"

1980

Won an Academy Award for her performance in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard" as the wife of a man who claims to have befriended reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes

1979

First leading role in a feature, "Time After Time" playing a modern woman who falls in love with author H.G. Wells (played by husband-to-be Malcolm McDowell)

1978

Made film debut in Jack Nicholson's western, "Goin' South"

1972

Moved to NYC and sold books at Doubleday's while attending the first-year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse

Born and raised in Arkansas

Performed with Cracked Tokens for the NYC Bureau of Alcoholism

Co-founded (with four other Playhouse graduates) and acted with Cracked Tokens, an improvisational comedy troupe

Invited to return for the second year program; eliminated her thick Southern accent

Bonus Trivia

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Received an honorary degree from Henderson College in Conway, AR.

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Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lyon College in Batesville, AR.

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Steenburgen is a close personal friend of former First Lady, current New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and supported Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign along with her husband.

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