Mary Stuart Masterson

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
A fresh-faced blonde ingenue, Mary Stuart Masterson made her screen debut at age eight playing the daughter of her real-life father, Peter Masterson, in "The Stepford Wives" (1975). Following her less than auspicious ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

West of Here 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Whiskey School 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Good Wife 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touch 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cupid 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Insurgents 2007 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Olga Prior (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leo 2004 (Movie)

Brynne (Actor)

Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Black and Blue 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book of Stars 1999 (Movie)

Penny (Actor)

Digging to China 1998 (Movie)

Gwen Frankovitz (Actor)

Dogtown 1998 (Movie)

Dorothy Sternen (Actor)

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Vikki (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Bed of Roses 1996 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Heaven's Prisoners 1996 (Movie)

Robin Gaddis (Actor)

Lily Dale 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

Anita Crown (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Penny Henderson (Actor)

Benny & Joon 1993 (Movie)

Joon (Actor)

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

Nina Bishop (Actor)

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Party 1993 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Mad At the Moon 1992 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Idgie Threadgoode (Actor)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

Daphne Delillo (Actor)

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

Miranda Jeffries (Actor)

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

Lucy Moore (Actor)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

Elspeth Skeel (Actor)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

Rachel Feld (Actor)

My Little Girl 1987 (Movie)

Franny Bettinger (Actor)

Some Kind of Wonderful 1987 (Movie)

Drummer Girl (Actor)

At Close Range 1986 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Danni (Actor)

The Stepford Wives 1975 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

City in Fear (TV Show)

Actor

Love Lives On (TV Show)

Actor

On the 2nd Day of Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor

Three Blind Mice (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tickling Leo 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Last Man Running 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

On the Edge (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A fresh-faced blonde ingenue, Mary Stuart Masterson made her screen debut at age eight playing the daughter of her real-life father, Peter Masterson, in "The Stepford Wives" (1975). Following her less than auspicious debut (her biggest line was "Daddy, I just saw a man carrying a naked lady"), she effectively stopped working to concentrate on her education, squeezing in only an occasional TV appearance (a 1986 Robert Zemeckis-directed segment of "Amazing Stories" and in the 1980 ABC movie "City of Fear"). By age 18, Masterson had decided to follow in her parents' stead and resumed her career, playing a cancer sufferer who beats the disease only to develop a drug habit and give birth to a drug-addicted baby in the soap opera-ish "Love Lives On" (ABC, 1985).

Relationships

Jeremy Davidson Actor

Husband
Met during 2004 production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Married 2006

George Francisco

Husband
Met in Texas when they were both teenagers Married 1990 Divorced 1992

Carlin Glynn

Mother
Cast in the original Broadway production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1978) and played Molly Ringwald's mother in "Sixteen Candles" (1984)

Peter Masterson

Father
Best known for directing "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) appeared with daughter in "The Stepford Wives" (1975)

Peter Masterson

Brother
Younger

Carlin Masterson

Sister
Older

Damon Santostefano Actor

Husband
Married 2000 Divorced 2004

EDUCATION

Sundance Institute

Park City , Utah
Attended for two summer sessions

New York University

New York , New York
Left school to co-star in "At Close Range" (1986)

Dalton School

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York
Left school to co-star in "At Close Range" (1986)

Milestones

2007

Made feature directorial debut with "The Cake Eaters"

2005

Co-starred with Maria Bello and Erika Christensen in "The Sisters," inspired by Anton Chekhov's play "Three Sisters"

2004

Cast opposite Alan Rickman and Mos Def in the HBO original movie, "Something the Lord Made"

2004

Had a recurring role as the in-house shrink on NBC's "Law & Order SVU"

2003

Starred in the Broadway revival of "Nine"; nominated for a Tony Award as Featured Actress in a Musical

2001

Made directorial debut with the short film, "The Other Side"; aired as part of a trilogy on Showtime's "Directed By" series; also scripted

2001

Starred in the short-lived CBS drama series, "Kate Brasher"; also served as a producer

2001

Portrayed a former poet reduced to working as a prostitute in the drama, "The Book of Stars"

1999

Starred in the CBS TV-movie, "Black & Blue"

1997

Portrayed the mother of a precocious young girl in Timothy Hutton's directorial debut, "Digging to China"

1996

Had title role of "Lily Dale" in the Showtime movie adapatation of Horton Foote's play; directed by father

1996

Starred as a career woman, opposite Christian Slater, in the romance "Bed of Roses"

1994

Cast as one of a quartet of working girls who travel the Old West in the revisionist "Bad Girls"

1993

Portrayed a mentally disturbed young woman who finds love with an eccentric in "Benny & Joon"

1991

Offered fine turn as the mannish Idgie Threadgoode in "Fried Green Tomatoes"

1989

Delivered a strong performance as a pregnant young woman who agrees to allow an older couple to adopt her baby in "Immediate Family"

1987

Portrayed the college sweetheart of a Vietnam-era soldier in "Gardens of Stone"; her real-life parents played her on-screen parents

1987

Starred as the tomboyish drumming Watts in the John Hughes film, "Some Kind of Wonderful"

1987

Appeared in the Off-Broadway play, "The Lucky Spot"

1986

Cast as Sean Penn's love interest in "At Close Range"

1985

Starred in the ABC TV-movie, "Love Lives On," as a cancer victim who develops a drug habit

1985

Played the daughter of a candy store owner who catches the eye of a Catholic school student in "Heaven Help Us"

1981

Was understudy to Kate Burton for title role in the Broadway production of "Alice in Wonderland"

1980

Made TV-movie debut in "City of Fear" (ABC); father contributed story and was executive producer

1975

First film appearance, "The Stepford Wives"; played father Peter Masterson's on-screen daughter

Bonus Trivia

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On being perceived as a gay icon after her role in "Fried Green Tomatoes," Masterson told Us Weekly (April 16, 2001): "I've experienced it a bit when people have been, um, very complimentary, and I think it's awesome - there aren't enough gay icons, so I'm happy to be one. For a while, though, I thought, 'Does everybody think I'm gay?' One time ["Fried Green Tomatoes" co-star] Mary-Louise Parker and I went to a club, and we were dancing together, and we were like, 'Well, let them think that - that'd be funny.'"

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"Mary Stuart wants to save the world, and I think she just might. She has the tenacity and the talent to do whatever she chooses." - "Some Kind of Wonderful" co-star Eric Stoltz to New York magazine, March 2, 1987

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