Melinda Dillon Biography (1939-)

Full name, Melinda Ruth Dillon; born October 13, 1939, in Hope, AR; daughterof W. S. (an army officer) and E. Norine (maiden name, Barnett) Dillon; married Richard Libertini (an actor), September 30, 1963 (divorced); children: oneson. Addresses: Agent: Craig Shapiro, Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Contact: c/o 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2850, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Birth Details
October 13, 1939
Hope, Arkansas, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Grusche, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Arena Stage, Washington, DC,1961-1962
  • Caroline, What Shall We Tell Caroline?, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Sonja, Uncle Vanya, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Blanaid, The Moon in the Yellow River, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Irma, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Felice, The Burning of the Lepers, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Kitty, The Time of Your Life, Arena Stage, 1961-1962
  • Understudy for Rosalie, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • (Broadway debut) Honey, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Billy Rose Theatre, 1962-1963
  • Conerico Was Here to Stay, Playwrights Unit, Village South Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Dorothy, "The Shock of Recognition," Jill, "The Footsteps of Doves," andClarice, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," in You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (triple-bill), Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1967-1968, then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Lilly Seltzer, A Way of Life, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Marat/Sade, Arena Stage, 1969
  • Orson Bean, A Round with Ring, American National Theatre and Academy Matinee Series, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1969
  • Peasant's wife, "The Little Peasant," Daughter, "The Robber Bridegroom,"Goosey Poosey, "Henny Penny," Wife, "About Time," and Princess, "The Golden Goose," all in Paul Sills' Story Theater, Ambassador Theatre, 1970-1971
  • Ovid's Metamorphoses, Ambassador Theatre, 1971
  • Film Appearances
  • Un hombre solo, 1964
  • Leslie Hopkins, The April Fools, National General, 1969
  • Mary Guthrie/Memphis Sue, Bound for Glory, United Artists, 1976
  • Suzanne Hanrahan, Slap Shot, Universal, 1977
  • Jillian Guiler, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Columbia, 1977
  • Anna Zerinkas, F.I.S.T., United Artists, 1978
  • Teresa Perrone, Absence of Malice, Columbia, 1981
  • Mrs. Parker, A Christmas Story, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Honey Carder, Songwriter, TriStar, 1984
  • Nancy Henderson, Harry and the Hendersons (also known as Bigfoot and the Hendersons), Universal, 1987
  • Eileen McDermott, Staying Together, Hemdale, 1989
  • Nina, Spontaneous Combustion, Taurus, 1990
  • Mrs. Rogers, Captain America, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1990
  • Savannah Wingo, The Prince of Tides, Columbia, 1991
  • Leah Goldman, Sioux City (also known as Ultimate Revenge),IRS Releasing, 1994
  • Mrs. Darling, Sophia's mother, How to Make an American Quilt, Universal, 1995
  • Merna, proprietor of beauty parlor, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Universal, 1995
  • Sister Aloysius, Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (alsoknown as Entertaining Angels), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Mom, The Effects of Magic, Cricket Releasing/Vision Films, 1997
  • Herself, The Making of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (documentary), 1998
  • Rose Gator, Magnolia (also known as mag-no'li-a), New LineCinema, 1999
  • Rose Braxton, Ring of Fire, Destination Films, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • Madam Arkadina, Freeman, ABC, 1976
  • Dora Herren, Enigma, CBS, 1977
  • Jeannie, Marriage Is Alive and Well, NBC, 1980
  • Anne Gronouski, Hellinger's Law, CBS, 1981
  • Miniseries
  • Rachel Mott, James A. Michener's Space (also known as Space), CBS, 1985
  • Polly Judd, Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (also knownas Love Can Build a Bridge), NBC, 1995
  • Movies
  • Dr. Kris Lassiter, The Critical List, NBC, 1978
  • Ann Hurley, Transplant, CBS, 1979
  • Agnes, The Shadow Box, ABC, 1980
  • Sherry Phillips, Fallen Angel, CBS, 1981
  • Ruda Dwyer, Right of Way, HBO, 1983
  • Joyce Mollencamp, Shattered Spirits, ABC, 1986
  • Sharon, Shattered Innocence (also known as Images of Eileen, Mourning Song, and Shattered Image), CBS, 1988
  • Paula Brown, Nightbreaker (also known as Advance to Ground Zero), TNT, 1989
  • Eleanor List, Judgment Day: The John List Story, CBS, 1993
  • Betty Anderson, State of Emergency (also known as Slow Bleed), HBO, 1994
  • Carol Mothershed, Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (also known as Mothershed or Berndt?), NBC, 1994
  • Also appeared in Point of Departure and Mississippi.
  • Episodic
  • The Defenders, CBS, 1963
  • Cissy Summers, "A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One," Bonanza, NBC,1969
  • Daphne, "Harry and Daphne," The Jeffersons, 1975
  • Sara, 1976
  • Penny, "A Little Peace and Quiet," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • Middle Ages, CBS, 1992
  • Verna, "The Peach Orchard," The Client, 1995
  • Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1996
  • Also appeared in episodes of East Side, West Side, Dick CavettShow, Dinah Shore Show, Good Morning America, The Paul Sand Show, Picket Fences, and The Today Show.
  • Specials
  • Herself, The Making of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1977
  • Herself, The Making of "Absence of Malice," 1981
  • Dulcy Wintergreen, "Dulcinia," The Juggler of Notre Dame, syndicated, 1982
  • Also appeared on The Merv Griffin Special.
  • Other
  • Stacy, The Poet and the Politician, CBS, 1963
  • Story Theatre (series; also known as The Paul Sills Story Theatre), syndicated, 1971

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