Mary Steenburgen Biography (1953-)

Surname is pronounced "Steen-ber-jen"; born February 8, 1953, in Newport, AR;daughter of Maurice (a freight-train conductor) and Nell (a secretary) Steenburgen; married Malcolm MacDowell (an actor), 1980 (divorced, c. 1989); married Ted Danson (an actor), October 7, 1995; children: (first marriage) Lilly Amanda, Charles Malcolm; two stepdaughters. Addresses: Agent: The GershAgency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: Eric Kranzler, Management 360, 9111 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, producer
Birth Details
February 8, 1953
Newport, Arkansas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Julia Tate, Goin' South, Paramount, 1978
  • Rabbit Test, Avco-Embassy, 1978
  • Amy Robbins, Time after Time, Warner Bros., 1979
  • Lynda Dummar, Melvin and Howard, Universal, 1980
  • Mother, Ragtime, Paramount, 1981
  • Adrian Hobbs, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Warner Bros., 1982
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek, Universal, 1983
  • Phoebe Craddock, Romantic Comedy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983
  • Ginny Grainger, One Magic Christmas (also known as Disney's OneMagic Christmas), Buena Vista, 1985
  • Katie McGovern, Julie Rose, and Evelyn, Dead of Winter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987
  • Young Sarah, The Whales of August, Island Alive, 1987
  • Rose Pickett, End of the Line, Orion, 1988
  • Elaine Rutledge, Miss Firecracker, Corsair, 1989
  • Karen Buckman, Parenthood, Universal, 1989
  • Clara Clayton-Brown, Back to the Future Part III, Universal, 1990
  • Narrator, The Long Walk Home, Miramax, 1991
  • Stella, The Butcher's Wife, Paramount, 1991
  • Belinda Conine, Philadelphia, TriStar, 1993
  • Betty Carver, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Paramount, 1993
  • Katherine Bellamy, Pontiac Moon, Paramount, 1994
  • Mrs. Parker, It Runs in the Family (also known as My Summer Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1994
  • Sarah Davis, Clifford, Orion, 1994
  • Gloria, My Family, mi familia (also known as East L.A., My Family, Cafe con leche, and Mi familia), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Hannah Nixon, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Jessie "J. C." Caldwell, Powder, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Sister Ida, The Grass Harp, Fine Line, 1995
  • Sally Rider, Wish You Were Dead, Icon Entertainment International,2000
  • Colleen Beck, Life As a House, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Dr. Blake (expert witness), I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Estelle, Nobody's Baby, Millennium Films, 2001
  • Voice of Louie's mother, The Trumpet of the Swan, TriStar, 2001
  • Francine Pinkney, Sunshine State, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002
  • Gayle, Casa de los Babys, IFC Films, 2003
  • Joanie Fisher, Hope Springs, Buena Vista, 2003
  • Elf, New Line Cinema, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, End of the Line, Orion, 1988
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Voice of Clara Clayton-Brown, Back to the Future (animated; also known as Back to the Future: The Animated Series), CBS, 1991-1993
  • Kate Montgomery, Ink, CBS, 1996-1997
  • Helen Girardi, Joan of Arcadia, CBS, 2003-
  • Miniseries
  • Nicole Warren Diver, Tender Is the Night (also known as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night), Showtime, 1985
  • Voice of Christine Frederick, A Century of Women (also known as A Family of Women), TBS, 1994
  • Mary Gulliver, "Gulliver's Travels," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1996
  • Naamah (Noah's wife), Noah's Ark (also known as Arche Noah--Dasgroesste Abenteuer der Menschheit), NBC, 1999
  • Detective Karen Condrin, Living with the Dead (also known as Talking to Heaven), CBS, 2002
  • Movies
  • Sarah, About Sarah, CBS, 1998
  • Rosemary Sydney, Picnic, CBS, 2000
  • Clem, Surviving Love, CBS, 2003
  • Specials
  • Miep Gies, "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank," General Foods GoldenShowcase, CBS, 1988
  • "Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • Herself and performer in archive footage, The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy, 1990
  • Voice, Earth and the American Dream, HBO, 1993
  • Earth Day at Walt Disney World, The Disney Channel, 1996
  • Night of about 14 CBS Stars, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond, UPN, 1996
  • To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998
  • Voice, The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story, Cinemax, 2000
  • Herself, The Making of "Life As a House," 2001
  • Herself, 22 Days in Acapulco, Independent Film Channel, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • Herself, The 53rd Annual Academy Awards, 1981
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish, CBS, 1984
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2002
  • Herself, The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • Episodic
  • "Little Red Riding Hood," Faerie Tale Theatre, Showtime, 1983
  • CBS This Morning, CBS, 1989
  • Entertainment Tonight, syndicated, 1989
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1989
  • The Pat Sajak Show, CBS, 1989
  • Narrator, "Katy No-Pocket," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (animated), Showtime, 1992
  • Catherine, "The Gift," Directed By, Showtime, 1994
  • Herself, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute," Ellen, ABC, 1998
  • Voice of Marjorie, "Retirement Is Murder," Frasier, NBC, 1998
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Mary Steenburgen, Lifetime, 1999
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Laura Dern, Lifetime, 1999
  • Herself, "Ted and Mary," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2000
  • Herself, "Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Grace Rinato, "Denial," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC and USA Network, 2002
  • Pilots
  • House majority whip, Capital City, ABC, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Ink, CBS, 1996-1997
  • Stage Appearances
  • Holiday, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1987
  • Bargains, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR, 1990
  • Title role, Candida, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Marvin's Room, Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles, 1994
  • Joyce, The Beginning of August, Atlantic Theatre Company, New YorkCity, 2000
  • The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City, beginning 2002
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Herself, Character Building: Inside Life As a House, New Line HomeVideo, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • People Weekly, August 28, 1989, p. 77; November 21, 1994, pp. 69-72

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