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      Frances Sternhagen

      Frances Sternhagen

      Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 13% The Rising Place (2002)

      Birthday: Jan 13, 1930

      Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

      A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly disapproving characters as well as warmly maternal women. Sternhagen's credits include the classic "The Hospital" (1971), "Two People" (1973) and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" (1978). She won attention for her portrayal as Burt Reynolds' relative under whose auspices he meets his new love in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over" (1979) and nearly stole the sci-fi thriller "Outland" (1981), providing comic relief and support to marshal Sean Connery. Sternhagen portrayed a prissy co-worker of Michael J. Fox in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Farrah Fawcett's mother in Pakula's "See You in the Morning" (1989), Richard Farnsworth's wife in "Misery" (1990) and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in "Raising Cain" (1992). Sternhagen is a familiar face to TV viewers. She is probably best-known for her recurring role as the mother to mailman Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) on the NBC comedy "Cheers." Sternhagen began appearing on the small screen in the 1950s and spent the better part of the late 60s and early 70s in a variety of roles on daytime soaps ("Love of Life," "The Doctors," "The Secret Storm" and "Another World"). In primetime, she has played regular supporting roles in everything from sitcoms ("Under One Roof") to drama ("Stephen King's Golden Years"). Sternhagen also has extensive stage credits in everything from classic plays to musical comedies. She has received two Tony Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor" (1974), based on Chekhov works to a revival of "The Heiress" (1995), based on the Henry James' novella. Sternhagen was married to actor Thomas A. Carlin from 1956 until his death in 1991. Frances Sternhagen died on November 27, 2023 at the age of 93.

      Highest rated movies

      The Hospital
      Starting Over
      Dolphin Tale
      Julie & Julia The Mist
      Doc Hollywood


      TWO PEOPLE, (aka ENCUENTRO EN MARRAKECH), from left: Lindsay Wagner, Brian Lima, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Fonda, 1973 INDEPENDENCE DAY, Kathleen Quinlan, Frances Sternhagen, Bert Remsen, 1983. ©Warner Bros OUTLAND, Frances Sternhagen, Sean Connery, 1981 STARTING OVER, (aka COMENZAR DE NUEVO), from left: Frances Sternhagen, Jill Clayburgh, 1979, © Paramount BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, Frances Sternhagen, Michael J. Fox, 1988, (c)United Artists HIGHWAY, Frances Sternhagen (r.), 2002, ©New Line Cinema MISERY, Francs Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, 1990, (c)Columbia Pictures THE MIST, Frances Sternhagen (second from left), Laurie Holden (left of center), Alexa Davalos (back right), Nathan Gamble (on floor), Thomas Jane (right), 2007. ©Weinstein Company THE MIST, foreground: Laurie Holden, Sam Witwer, Alexa Davalos, Frances Sternhagen, Thomas Jane, Nathan Gamble, 2007. ©Weinstein Company HIGHWAY, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto, Selma Blair, Frances Sternhagen, 2002, ©New Line Cinema AND SO IT GOES, from left: Frances Sternhagen, Michael Douglas, 2014. ph: Clay Enos/©Clarius Entertainment HIGHWAY, Jared Leto, Selma Blair, Jake Gyllenhaal, Frances Sternhagen, 2002, ©New Line Cinema MISERY, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen, 1990, (c)Columbia Pictures THE MIST, Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Frances Sternhagen, Thomas Jane, Nathan Gamble, 2007. ©Weinstein Company OUTLAND, Frances Sternhagen, 1981, (c) Warner Brothers HIGHWAY, Frances Sternhagen, 2002, ©New Line Cinema INDEPENDENCE DAY, Frances Sternhagen, 1983, (c) Warner Brothers ROMANTIC COMEDY, Frances Sternhagen, 1983, (c)MGM THE MIST, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, 2007. ©Weinstein Company THE MIST, Jeffrey DeMunn (back left), Laurie Holden (front left), Frances Sternhagen (back right), Thomas Jane, Nathan Gamble, 2007. ©Weinstein Company



      18% 40% And So It Goes Claire (Character) $15.2M 2014
      81% 80% Dolphin Tale Gloria Forrest (Character) $72.3M 2011
      78% 70% Julie & Julia Irma Rombauer (Character) $94.1M 2009
      73% 65% The Mist Irene (Character) $25.6M 2007
      13% No Score Yet The Rising Place Ruth Wilder (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Live Again Constance Holmes (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Con Hadabelle (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion Tobie Yates (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story Mary Rafferty (Character) - 1993
      62% 40% Raising Cain Dr. Lynn Waldheim (Character) $20.5M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Woke Up Noelle (Character) - 1992
      69% 51% Doc Hollywood Lillian (Character) $51.8M 1991
      91% 90% Misery Virginia McCain (Character) $54.7M 1990
      25% 32% Sibling Rivalry Rose Turner (Character) $16.8M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow Your Heart Cloe Sixbury (Character) - 1990
      43% 46% Communion Dr. Janet Duffy (Character) $1.9M 1989
      55% 31% See You in the Morning Neenie (Character) $4.4M 1989
      60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Clara (Character) $15.7M 1988
      No Score Yet 67% Resting Place Eudora McCallister (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Again Unknown (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 56% Independence Day Carla Taylor (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 38% Prototype Dorothy Forrester (Character) - 1983
      29% 42% Romantic Comedy Blanche Dailey (Character) - 1983
      54% 54% Outland Dr. Lazarus (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother and Daughter: The Loving War Mrs. Lloyd (Character) - 1980
      86% 58% Starting Over Marva Potter (Character) - 1979
      71% 61% Fedora Miss Balfour (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two People Mrs. McCluskey (Character) - 1973
      100% 74% The Hospital Mrs. Cushing (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soldier in Love Abigail (Character) - 1967


      83% 85% The Closer Willie Ray Johnson (Voice),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      88% 95% Parenthood Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 85% ER Millicent Carter (Guest Star) 1997-1998 2001 2003
      70% 78% Sex and the City Bunny MacDougal (Guest Star) 2000-2002
      85% 76% The Simpsons Mrs. Bellamy (Guest Voice) 2002
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Jean Anderson (Character) 1995
      87% 94% Cheers Esther Clavin (Guest Star) 1986-1987 1990-1993
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen King's Golden Years Gina Williams (Character) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Betty (Character) 1956