Melinda Dillon

Born Oct 13, 1939

Melinda Rose Dillon is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A Christmas Story.

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1939 Birth Born on October 13, 1939.


1962 22 Years Old Though best known for her supporting performances in films, Dillon got her start as an improvisational comedian and stage actress. Her first major role was as Honey in the original 1962 Broadway production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, and she also appeared in You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running and Paul Sill's Story Theatre.
1969 29 Years Old Dillon's first film was The April Fools in 1969.


1976 36 Years Old Playing "Memphis Sue" opposite David Carradine, she was nominated for the Best Female Acting Debut Golden Globe for the 1976 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory.
1977 37 Years Old She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role of a mother whose young child is abducted by aliens in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, made an uncredited short role in The Muppet Movie. … Read More


1981 41 Years Old Four years later she was once again nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as a suicidal teacher in 1981's Absence of Malice, opposite Paul Newman.
1983 43 Years Old As a comedienne, Dillon is perhaps best known for her role as the compassionate mother of Ralphie & Randy in Bob Clark's 1983 film A Christmas Story. … Read More


1999 59 Years Old In 1999 she appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson's film Magnolia as Rose Gator, the wife of TV game show host Jimmy Gator, played by Philip Baker Hall.


2005 65 Years Old In 2005, she guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: SVU entitled "Blood". … Read More
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