Mary Steenburgen
American actress
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Nell Steenburgen is an American actress. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's 1980 film Melvin and Howard.
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Mary Steenburgen's personal information overview.
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Mary Steenburgen On Queer Equality And Her Friendship With Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 4 months
Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, who stars in Will Forte’s hit post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth” on Fox, sounded off on her commitment to LGBTQ rights and her decades-long friendship with Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. Steenburgen, who was born and raised in Arkansas, and her husband, actor Ted Danson, have been long-time supporters of marriage equality. And she spoke out in 2015 when Arkansas passed an anti-LGBTQ “religious liberty” bill which legislators were forced to soften after national outrage. “It was shocking that it had to be spoken of, that in this time it still came up,” she said. “But it’s fear ― people are afraid of what they don’t know. It was just something that felt like an egregious abuse of civil rights. I felt like I couldn’t be silent about it. I love my state. I love the people of my state. My state has always had its battles for civil rights...Growing up someplace like that, you eith ...
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Steenburgen: The dream of a female president now "possible"
Reuters.com - 7 months
Actress Mary Steenburgen and actor Ted Danson say Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has "got more guts than anybody in the room." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Reclaiming the Christmas Spirit: Ten Great Christmas Movies to Help You Shake the Police State Blues
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What a turbulent year it's been. For those of us who have managed to survive 2015 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we've been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those representing us, tossed aside, and taken to the cleaners. After endless months of being mired in gloom and doom, we now find ourselves just a few weeks away from Christmas, struggling to latch on ...
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Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow
LATimes - about 1 year
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million, or $21,000 more than the asking price. The couple bought the house three years ago for $929,000, records show. Tucked behind privacy hedges and a gated entry, the single-story home was built in 1921 and...
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Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow
LATimes - about 1 year
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million, or $21,000 more than the asking price. The couple bought the house three years ago for $929,000, records show. Tucked behind privacy hedges and a gated entry, the single-story home was built in 1921 and...
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Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow
LATimes - about 1 year
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million, or $21,000 more than the asking price. The couple bought the house three years ago for $929,000, records show. Tucked behind privacy hedges and a gated entry, the single-story home was built in 1921 and...
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Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen part with cozy Venice bungalow
LATimes - about 1 year
Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen have sold their bungalow in Venice for $1.77 million, or $21,000 more than the asking price. The couple bought the house three years ago for $929,000, records show. Tucked behind privacy hedges and a gated entry, the single-story home was built in 1921 and...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Steenburgen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    She also spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to these recognitions, Steenburgen received the 1,337th star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 2009.
  • 2014
    Age 61
    On June 13, 2014, it was announced that Steenburgen would have a recurring role as Delia in the Netflix crime comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black in the third season.
    More Details Hide Details Currently, she plays Gail Klosterman on The Last Man on Earth.
    In 2014, she began a recurring role as former Dixie Mafia boss Katherine Hale in the fifth and sixth seasons of the FX crime drama Justified.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    Steenburgen had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock from 2012 to 2013 where she played Diana Jessup.
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    She finally appeared on FX in the dark sitcom Wilfred from 2011 through 2013 as Catherine Newman, the title character's eccentric and mentally ill mother.
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    Steenburgen starred as Anastasia Lee in the 2011 FX pilot, Outlaw Country, but it was passed by the network.
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    In 2011, she had a recurring role as Josephine in the HBO sitcom Bored to Death with Danson again.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    Dirty Girl, which features Steenburgen along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in the critically acclaimed film The Help (2011), starring alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard, and had a featured role as a lounge singer, who is the romantic interest in a love triangle, in the 2013 comedy Last Vegas. She had a small part in A Walk in the Woods as Jeannie. In television, Steenburgen starred as Kate Montgomery in the CBS sitcom Ink (1996) with her husband, Ted Danson, and co-starred with Danson as Mary Gulliver in the NBC miniseries Gulliver's Travels (1996). She had a recurring role as herself with Danson in the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. Steenburgen co-starred as Helen Girardi, the mother of Amber Tamblyn's title character in the CBS fantasy/family drama Joan of Arcadia.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Steenburgen is a close friend of former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and supported Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign along with Danson.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 50
    Other performances have been: in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), as a woman who is having an affair with the title character (played by Johnny Depp); the role of Hannah Nixon in the Oliver Stone biopic, Nixon (1995); and in the Will Ferrell 2003 comedy Elf, as a woman who discovers that her husband is the father of one of Santa's elves.
    More Details Hide Details In recent years, she has been in the comedy films, Step Brothers (2008), starring Will Ferrell, playing the mother of Ferrell's character; Four Christmases (2008) opposite Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon; and The Proposal (2009) opposite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
  • 1995
    Age 42
    On October 7, 1995, Steenburgen married actor Ted Danson, whom she met on the set of the film Pontiac Moon in 1993, and became the stepmother to Danson's daughters Kate and Alexis from his previous marriage to producer Cassandra Coates.
    More Details Hide Details Steenburgen currently resides in the Los Angeles area with her family. 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. 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 36
    Steenburgen and McDowell separated in 1989 and divorced in 1990.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 30
    Another notable film appearance came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, in which she played Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1981
    Age 28
    Steenburgen, who studied at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse in the 1970s, also received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1981 film Ragtime, a BAFTA TV Award nomination for the 1985 TV miniseries Tender is the Night and an Emmy Award nomination for the 1988 TV film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank.
    More Details Hide Details Her other film appearances include Cross Creek (1983), Parenthood (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Philadelphia (1993), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Elf (2003), The Brave One (2007), Step Brothers (2008), The Proposal (2009), and The Help (2011). Steenburgen is also an active humanitarian who is involved with various groups ranging from human rights to environmental causes. Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, to Nellie Mae (née Wall; 1923–2010), a school-board secretary, and Maurice Steenburgen (1914–1989), a freight-train conductor who worked at the Missouri Pacific Railroad. She has a sister, Nancy (Steenburgen) Kelly, a teacher. After graduating from high school, Steenburgen enrolled at Hendrix College to study drama. She subsequently traveled to Dallas, Texas at the suggestion of her drama teacher to audition for a slot in New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse, which she won.
  • 1980
    Age 27
    In only her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing Lynda Dummar, the wife of Melvin Dummar, then a trucker and aspiring singer, who claimed to have befriended reclusive eccentric Howard Hughes.
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  • 1979
    Age 26
    Steenburgen had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time as a modern woman who falls in love with author H. G. Wells, played by her future-first husband Malcolm McDowell.
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  • 1978
    Age 25
    In 1978, Steenburgen met and began dating actor Malcolm McDowell while both were co-starring in Time After Time. They married in 1980 and had two children together, daughter Lilly and son Charlie McDowell.
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    Steenburgen's big break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office and was cast as the female lead in his second directorial effort, the 1978 Western Goin' South.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 19
    Steenburgen moved to Manhattan, New York City in 1972 after being selected by the Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting.
    More Details Hide Details She worked as a server at Magic Pan and for Doubleday while studying under Will Esper.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1953.
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