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      Mary Steenburgen

      Mary Steenburgen

      Highest Rated: 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

      Lowest Rated: 0% Nobody's Baby (2001)

      Birthday: Feb 8, 1953

      Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, USA

      Soft-spoken and endearing, Mary Steenburgen first achieved a measure of fame with her debut role in the Jack Nicholson-directed Western "Goin' South" (1978), before winning raves and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Melvin's flustered but caring wife in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard" (1980). She starred alongside Steve Martin and an all-star ensemble cast in the Ron Howard family comedy "Parenthood" (1989), prior to falling in love with time-traveling Doc Brown in "Back to the Future III" (1990). She had a rare turn as an unlikable character when she reteamed with Demme for the heart-wrenching drama "Philadelphia" (1993), acting opposite Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks. After a small, but memorable role in Oliver Stone's political docudrama "Nixon" (1995), she later began what would be a steady string of appearances as herself - along with her celebrated husband Ted Danson - on the hit comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ). Increasingly cast in the role of family matriarch, Steenburgen infused these roles with an effervescence and wit that resulted in fully realized, eminently likable characters. She brought something extra to the role of James Caan's neglected wife in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy "Elf" (2003), and showed an inordinate amount of patience as Ferrell's mother in "Step Brothers" (2008). Pulling off a feat few actresses could manage, Steenburgen successfully transitioned from charming waif to elegantly mature actress over the course of 30-plus years, without any signs of slowing down.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Antiquities 92% Parenthood
      92% Melvin and Howard
      90% What's Eating Gilbert Grape
      88% Time After Time
      87% 7 Days in Hell
      86% Elf 84% Ragtime

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      TIME AFTER TIME, Mary Steenburgen, Malcolm McDowell, 1979, (c) Warner Brothers ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Arthur Hill, Mary Steenburgen, Gary Basaraba, Robbie Magwood, Elizabeth Harnois, 1985, (c)Buena Vista Pictures GOIN' SOUTH, Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, 1978, (c) Paramount ROMANTIC COMEDY, Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, 1983, (c) MGM CROSS CREEK, Peter Coyote, Mary Steenburgen, 1983, (c) MCA Universal Justified, Mary Steenburgen, 'Cash Game', Season 6, Ep. #2, 01/27/2015, ©FX Justified, Mary Steenburgen, 'Cash Game', Season 6, Ep. #2, 01/27/2015, ©FX PARENTHOOD, Cast, 1989, (c) Universal PARENTHOOD, (front row)Leaf Phoenix, Dianne Wiest, Ivyann Schwan, Alison Porter, Jason Fisher, Helen Shaw, Alex Burrall (on floor)Zachary Lavoy (back row) Keanu Reeves, Martha Plimpton, Harley Kozak, Rick Moranis, Mary Steenburgen, Steve Martin, Jason Roba A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY, Woody Allen, Mary Steenburgen, 1982 TIME AFTER TIME, Mary Steenburgen, 1979, (c) Warner Brothers The Last Man On Earth, from left: Mel Rodriguez, January Jones, Mary Steenburgen, Kristen Schaal, 'Dead Man Walking', Season 2, Ep. #3, 10/11/2015, ©FOX FOUR CHRISTMASES, from left: Jeanette Miller, Mary Steenburgen, Vince Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth, 2008. ©New Line Cinema Mary Steenburgen, Vince Vaughn and Kristin Chenoweth in "Four Christmases" MELVIN AND HOWARD, Mary Steenburgen, Gloria Grahame, 1980 MELVIN AND HOWARD, Elizabeth Cheshire, Mary Steenberge n, Paul Le Mat, 1980 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY, Jose Ferrer, Mary Steenburgen, 1982, (c) Orion THE OPEN ROAD, Mary Steenburgen, 2009. ©Anchor Bay Films MELVIN AND HOWARD, Elizabeth Cheshire, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Le Mat, 1980, (c) Universal MELVIN AND HOWARD, Mary Steenburgen, 1980, (c) Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      46% 84% Book Club: The Next Chapter Carol (Character) $17.5M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrating Betty White: America's Golden Girl Self - 2022
      80% 68% Nightmare Alley Felicia Kimball (Character) $11.3M 2021
      No Score Yet 85% Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas Maggie Clarke (Character) - 2021
      89% 94% Best Summer Ever Executive Producer - 2020
      82% 72% Happiest Season Tipper (Character) - 2020
      74% No Score Yet Flannery Flannery O'Connor (Voice) - 2019
      100% 81% Antiquities Dr. Margot (Character) - 2018
      55% 51% Book Club Carol (Character) $68.5M 2018
      28% 35% I Do... Until I Don't Cybil (Character) $279.3K 2017
      48% 69% Katie Says Goodbye Maybelle (Character) - 2016
      65% 66% Dean Carol (Character) $248.8K 2016
      8% 63% The Book of Love Julia (Character) - 2016
      87% 70% 7 Days in Hell Louisa Poole (Character) - 2015
      60% 43% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Aunt Cly (Character) - 2015
      46% 48% A Walk in the Woods Jeannie (Character) $29.5M 2015
      33% 29% Song One Karen (Character) $20.2K 2014
      60% No Score Yet Brahmin Bulls Helen West (Character) - 2013
      100% 90% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter's Wife/Narrator (Voice) $681.1K 2013
      46% 59% Last Vegas Diana (Character) $63.9M 2013
      76% 89% The Help Elaine Stein (Character) $169.7M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Country Anastasia Lee (Character) - 2011
      35% 53% Dirty Girl Peggy (Character) $53.6K 2010
      12% 27% Did You Hear About the Morgans? Emma (Character) $29.6M 2009
      29% 25% The Open Road Katherine (Character) - 2009
      45% 68% The Proposal Grace Paxton (Character) $163.9M 2009
      54% 34% In the Electric Mist Bootsie Robicheaux (Character) - 2009
      25% 47% Four Christmases Marilyn (Character) $120.1M 2008
      55% 69% Step Brothers Nancy (Character) $100.5M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Elvis And Annabelle Geneva (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Outrage Narrator - 2008
      No Score Yet 74% Elvis and Anabelle Geneva (Character) - 2007
      26% 44% Nobel Son Sarah Michaelson (Character) $333.9K 2007
      43% 64% The Brave One Carol (Character) $36.8M 2007
      76% 65% The Dead Girl Beverley (Character) $17.3K 2006
      72% 75% Inland Empire Visitor #2 (Character) - 2006
      22% 62% Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Marianne Hotchkiss (Character) $247.1K 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Must Be Love Clem Gazelle (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Capital City Elaine Summer (Character) - 2004
      86% 79% Elf Emily (Character) $177.1M 2003
      58% 50% Casa de los Babys Gayle (Character) $475.9K 2003
      25% 27% Hope Springs Joanie Fisher (Character) - 2003
      80% 58% Sunshine State Francine Pickney (Character) $3.1M 2002
      No Score Yet 82% Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead) Unknown (Character) - 2002
      0% 58% Nobody's Baby Estelle (Character) - 2001
      36% 86% I Am Sam Dr. Blake (Character) $40.3M 2001
      47% 88% Life as a House Coleen (Character) $15.6M 2001
      14% 38% The Trumpet of the Swan Louie's Mother (Voice) $152.5K 2001
      No Score Yet 55% Wish You Were Dead Sally Rider (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Picnic Rosemary Sydney (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 17% Noah's Ark Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 50% About Sarah Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 63% Gulliver's Travels Unknown (Character) - 1996
      50% 93% The Grass Harp Sister Ida (Character) $511.6K 1995
      75% 74% Nixon Hannah Nixon (Character) $13.7M 1995
      50% 69% Powder Jessie Caldwell (Character) $30.9M 1995
      18% 67% Clifford Sarah Davis (Character) $6.5M 1994
      No Score Yet 45% Pontiac Moon Katherine Bellamy (Character) $10.4K 1994
      No Score Yet 44% It Runs in the Family Mrs. Parker (Character) - 1994
      90% 89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Betty Carver (Character) $7.8M 1993
      81% 89% Philadelphia Belinda Conine (Character) $76.0M 1993
      24% 30% The Butcher's Wife Stella (Character) $8.9M 1991
      81% 78% Back to the Future Part III Clara Clayton (Character) - 1990
      88% 84% The Long Walk Home Narrator $1.8M 1990
      92% 76% Parenthood Karen Buckman (Character) $99.6M 1989
      75% 52% Miss Firecracker Elain Rutledge (Character) $646.9K 1989
      60% 41% End of the Line Rose Pickett (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1988
      No Score Yet 50% The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep Gies (Character) - 1988
      64% 67% The Whales of August Young Sarah (Character) $127.3K 1987
      77% 47% Dead of Winter Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn (Character) $2.2M 1986
      47% 68% One Magic Christmas Ginny Grainger (Character) $12.4M 1985
      59% 76% Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Character) - 1983
      29% 42% Romantic Comedy Phoebe Craddock (Character) - 1983
      74% 57% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Adrian (Character) - 1982
      84% 76% Ragtime Mother (Character) - 1981
      92% 60% Melvin and Howard Lynda Dummar (Character) - 1980
      88% 72% Time After Time Amy Robbins (Character) - 1979
      69% 49% Goin' South Julia Tate/Moon (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Kitchen With Harry Hamlin Guest 2024
      No Score Yet 100% Southern Storytellers Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020-2021 2023
      No Score Yet 64% Mr. Mayor Adriana (Guest Star) 2022
      81% 81% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Maggie Clarke (Character) 2020-2021
      82% 60% Bless the Harts Crystalynn (Guest Voice),
      Crystalynn Poole (Guest Star)
      2019-2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2010-2011 2013-2015 2017-2018 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018
      85% 81% The Last Man on Earth Gail (Character) 2015-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2017
      92% 91% Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself (Guest Star) 2000 2007 2009 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016
      90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      97% 94% Justified Katherine Hale (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2014-2015
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2013
      78% 92% 30 Rock Diana Jessup (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2011
      83% 88% Wilfred Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009
      96% 62% Joan of Arcadia Helen Girardi (Character) 2003-2005
      No Score Yet 97% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      78% 82% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Grace Rinato (Guest Star) 2002
      44% No Score Yet Ink Kate Montgomery (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1996-1997
      95% 94% Frasier Marjorie (Guest Voice) 1995
      No Score Yet 85% Back to the Future Unknown (Voice) 1991-1992