Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1953-02-08 (68 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Newport, Arkansas, USA

81 Movies · 29 TV shows

Also Known As: Mary Nell Steenburgen · Μάρι Στινμπούργζεν

Biography

Mary Nell Steenburgen() (born February 8, 1953) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's 1980 film Melvin and Howard.Steenburgen, who studied at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse in the 1970s, also received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1981 film Ragtime, a BAFTA TV Award nomination for the 1985 miniseries Tender Is the Night and an Emmy Award nomination for the 1988 TV film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank. Her other film appearances include Time After Time (1979), Cross Creek (1983), Parenthood (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Philadelphia (1993), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Elf (2003), The Brave One (2007), Step Brothers (2008), The Proposal (2009), The Help (2011), ‘’A Walk in the Woods’’ (2015), Book Club (2018), and Happiest Season (2020).

Personal Life

In 1978, Steenburgen met and began dating actor Malcolm McDowell while both were co-starring in Time After Time. They married and had two children together, including son Charlie McDowell, but the marriage ended in divorce. On October 7, 1995, Steenburgen married actor Ted Danson, whom she had met on the set of the film Pontiac Moon, and became the stepmother to Danson's two daughters from his previous marriage to producer Cassandra Coates.Steenburgen resides in the Los Angeles area with her family. An alumna of Hendrix College, she received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 1989. In 2006, Steenburgen received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. In September 2005, she and Danson gave a guest lecture for students at the Clinton School of Public Service where they discussed their roles in public service as well as the foundations and causes in which they are involved.Steenburgen is a friend of former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and supported Clinton's 2008 Presidential campaign along with Danson. She also spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Steenburgen also is involved with various groups ranging from human rights to environmental causes.Since 2014, Steenburgen's son Charlie McDowell has had a running joke at her expense, claiming on numerous occasions on social media that his mother is actress Andie MacDowell.

Early Life

Steenburgen was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, to Nellie Mae (née Wall; 1923–2010), a school-board secretary, and Maurice Hoffman Steenburgen (1914–1989), a freight-train conductor who worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. She has a sister, Nancy (Steenburgen) Kelly, a teacher. Her ancestry includes Dutch, English, Scottish, and Welsh.In 1971, she enrolled at Hendrix College to study drama. She subsequently traveled to Dallas at the suggestion of her drama teacher where she successfully auditioned for New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

2020
After an unusual event, Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her through po...
Best Summer Ever

Best Summer Ever

2020
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities.
Happiest Season

Happiest Season

2020
A young woman's plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her family's annual holiday party are upended when she discovers her partner hasn't yet come out to her conservative parents.
30 Rock: A One-Time Special

30 Rock: A One-Time Special

2020
An upfront special for the NBCUniversal properties will be a new, original remotely-produced event.

2019.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Bless the Harts

Bless the Harts

2019
The group of Southerners who are always broke are a joke. They don't know that they are rich because of their friends and family.
TV
On Becoming a God in Central Florida

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

2019
In the early 1990s, a recently widowed, impoverished water park employee schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme, which ruined her financially in the first pla...
Antiquities

Antiquities

2019
After his father's death, a young man searches to find who his dad was only to stumble onto himself.
Flannery

Flannery

2019
A feature documentary directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco about American writer Flannery O’Connor.

2018.

2 Movies
Katie Says Goodbye

Katie Says Goodbye

2018
A kindhearted seventeen-year-old in the American Southwest turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
Book Club

Book Club

2018
Fifty Shades of Grey has changed the lives of a group of friends.

2017.

3 Movies
I Do... Until I Don't

I Do... Until I Don't

2017
In Vero Beach, Florida, a trio of couples at various points in their relationships become the subjects of a film about marriage being an antiquated idea that needs a remake.
The Discovery

The Discovery

3.67
2017
There will be a breakthrough scientific discovery in the near future. There is an afterlife in Thomas Harbor. Many people choose to end their lives, but others don't know what that means. Dr is one of...
The Book of Love

The Book of Love

2017
After tragedy strikes Henry andPenny, he befriends a tenacious young girl and discovers she is constructing a raft to sail across the Atlantic to find her lost father. Along with some unlikely friends...

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Good Place

The Good Place

6.49
2016
Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise...
Dean

Dean

6
2016
A New York-based illustrator is forced to leave his home due to a quarter-life crisis.

2015.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

8
2015
Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank, is the only man left on Earth in the year 2022, after an unlikely event. Phil is looking for other s...
TV
Togetherness

Togetherness

3
2015
Four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof, are struggling to keep their relationships and their individual dreams alive.
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

2015
A family goes on a hunt for a Bigfoot-like creature called the Howling Hoodoo during a visit to the house of their aunt, played by Last Man on Earth's Mary Steenburgen. The Howling Hoodoo is hard to f...
TV
Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie

6.67
2015
Their lives are permanently intertwined when husbands leave their wives for each other. In the 21st century, they have to start over.
7 Days in Hell

7 Days in Hell

6
2015
A fictional expose on the rivalry between two tennis stars.
A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

2015
After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

2014.

2 Movies
The One I Love

The One I Love

6
2014
On the verge of separation,Ethan andSophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend to save their marriage. When an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relations...
Song One

Song One

2014
Franny returns home after an accident leaves her brother comatose. She tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, Franny and James develop an un...

2013.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
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Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

5.91
2013
A crime she committed in her youthful past causes her to be sent to a women's prison, where she trades her comfortable New York life for one of unexpected camaraderie and conflict in an eccentric grou...
Brahmin Bulls

Brahmin Bulls

2013
When Sid learns that his father is looking for an old flame, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship. An exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between a father and son, the women in...
Last Vegas

Last Vegas

7.17
2013
Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single friend.

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...
Outlaw Country

Outlaw Country

2012
Music, love, hope and tragedy collide in a crime drama set against the backdrop of southern organized crime and Nashville royalty. The pilot for a TV Series was not taken up and has now been aired as ...

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Wilfred

Wilfred

5.55
2011
Ryan sees a crude and somewhat surly, yet irrepressibly brave and honest Australian bloke in a cheap dog suit, but everyone else sees him as just a dog. Ryan was shown how to overcome his fears and jo...
Fight for Your Right Revisited

Fight for Your Right Revisited

2011
The 1982 film Fight for Your Right featured the "Young" Beastie Boys from the past and Jack Black. The "old" Beastie Boys will be played by Will and Reilly. Fight for Your Right ended. The band's seco...
The Help

The Help

7.29
2011
Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended...

2010.

3 Movies
Dirty Girl

Dirty Girl

2010
Danielle goes on a road trip with a friend when she is sent to special education.
Tales from the Future

Tales from the Future

2010
For the film's 25th anniversary, there is a six-part retrospective on the making of Back to the Future.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

2010
The movie Weird Al has a trailer. Next year's Academy Awards will be won by this film.

2009.

5 Movies
Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

2009
In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to Wyoming as part of a witness protection program.
In the Electric Mist

In the Electric Mist

6
2009
Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At t...
The Open Road

The Open Road

2009
Carlton takes a road trip to find his father when his mother is sick. Carlton has a hard time dealing with the mess caused by his father. The duo are on their way from Ohio to Houston to be with their...
The Proposal

The Proposal

7.05
2009
Margaret Tate forced her assistant to marry her because she was in danger of losing her visa status.
Clarkworld

Clarkworld

2009
The life and death of Bob Clark, a director of movies such as Christmas Story, Porky's and Black Christmas, is the subject of a documentary.

2008.

2 Movies
Four Christmases

Four Christmases

6.33
2008
Brad and Kate have created something of an art form out of avoiding their families during the holidays, but this year their plan is about to fail. After all departing flights are canceled, a couple is...
Step Brothers

Step Brothers

7.18
2008
Dale Doback and Brennan Huff might be grown ups. When their parents get married, they can become jealous of their stepbrothers. Everyone is wondering if Brennan and Dale will ever see eye to eye, beca...

2007.

5 Movies
The Brave One

The Brave One

6
2007
A woman is trying to recover from a brutal attack when she sets out on a revenge mission.
Honeydripper

Honeydripper

2007
In 1950s Alabama, the owner of the Honeydripper juke joint finds his business dropping off and against his better judgement, hires a young electric guitarist in a last ditch effort to draw crowds duri...
Numb

Numb

2007
Hudson Milbank, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, suddenly and strangely finds himself without any emotional feelings. He tries doctor after doctor and shrinks. He gets through the day with The Gol...
Elvis & Anabelle

Elvis & Anabelle

2007
On a journey of self-discovery, a small-town beauty queen and an unlicensed mortician set out across the Texas plains.
Nobel Son

Nobel Son

6
2007
After his insufferably arrogant father wins the Nobel Prize for chemistry, Barkley Michaelson is kidnapped by a young genius who claims to be his illegitimate half-brother. Motivated not so much by mo...

2006.

3 Movies
The Dead Girl

The Dead Girl

2006
The lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect as the clues to a young woman's death come together.
Bye Bye Benjamin

Bye Bye Benjamin

2006
After meeting a coworker's daughter, Benjamin must decide how grown up he wants to be.
Inland Empire

Inland Empire

5.67
2006
When an actress falls for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production, her perception of reality becomes distorted.

2005.

1 Movie
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

2005
Randall Miller's heart-achingly sweet drama centers on the unfulfilled personal life of Frank Keane, a sensitive baker who remains deeply depressed over his late wife's death. Frank decided to show up...

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Tony Danza Show

The Tony Danza Show

2004
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that premiered on September 13, 2004 in syndication and was distributed by Buena Vista Television.
It Must Be Love

It Must Be Love

2004
A couple settles their divorce in a civilized way.

2003.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Elf

Elf

6.78
2003
When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he is transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. He can't shake the feeling that he doesn't b...
TV
E!'s 101

E!'s 101

2003
101 of the most significant moments in entertainment are listed by E! Commentators from the field of entertainment give commentary. Over the course of five nights, each count takes place.
Hope Springs

Hope Springs

2003
Vera is going to marry another man. He gets on a plane for America and ends up in a small town. Colin was introduced to a beautiful nurse by his inns. Vera surprised Colin when she showed up.
Casa de los Babys

Casa de los Babys

6
2003
A group of women, including the wealthy young woman and the domineering matriarch, traveled from the United States to South America in order to easily adopt children. Before women can take in orphans,...
TV
Joan of Arcadia

Joan of Arcadia

5
2003
Joan has begun acting strange since her family moved to the city. Various people give directions to a teenager to do things. Unsure of what God wants, and if she's even sane, Joan begins to follow God...

2002.

3 Movies
Wish You Were Dead

Wish You Were Dead

2002
Two women fight over one man in a back-stabbing, money-grabbing, insurance-hustling, double-dealing, two-timing caper.
Talking to Heaven

Talking to Heaven

6
2002
A man has disturbing visions of dead people, including his mother. They are telling their story of how they died because their murderer is still out there. Someone is needed to help solve the case.
Sunshine State

Sunshine State

2002
A woman and her new husband have to deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development when they return to their hometown in northern Florida.

2001.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Good Day Live

Good Day Live

2001
Good Day Live was a nationwide talk show seen weekdays on FOX affiliates throughout the US. Each FOX owned and operated station airs a separate Good Day program as part of its newscast. Some FOX stat...
I Am Sam

I Am Sam

10
2001
Sam has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving him to raise Lucy on his own, even though he has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. Lucy is taken awa...
TV
Dinner for Five

Dinner for Five

6
2001
Dinner for Five is a television program in which actor/filmmaker Jon Favreau and a revolving guest list of celebrities eat, drink and talk about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects...
Nobody's Baby

Nobody's Baby

6
2001
Two small time crooks end up with a baby girl by accident and find a change in their lives. Billy takes care of the child and looks after it. Buford wants to get rid of it, but the others are doing th...
The Trumpet Of The Swan

The Trumpet Of The Swan

2001
The adventures of a young bird. With the help of a human boy and the love of his family and friends, Louie discovers his own unique talents which help him find his place in the world.
Life as a House

Life as a House

2001
When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story

The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story

2000
Documents the race riot of 1921 and the destruction of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With testimony by eyewitnesses and background accounts by historians.
TV
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

6.07
2000
The comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and neither can anyone else, is off the hook.

1999.

2 TV shows
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.08
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
TV
Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

6
1999
Noah rescues his family and animals in the story of Genesis.

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Becker

Becker

1998
Becker is a dedicated, outspoken and talented doctor with a tough exterior. He is very dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx, N.Y., where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need, ...
About Sarah

About Sarah

1998
The custody of a mentally retarded mother is passed on to her daughter when her matriarch dies.

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...

1996.

2 TV shows
TV
Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

6
1996
There is a doctor. After a long absence, Gulliver returned to his family and told them the story of his travels.
TV
Ink

Ink

1996
Ink is a television sitcom which aired on CBS from 1996-1997 that starred real-life husband and wife Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen as newspaper journalists, allegedly inspired by the film His Girl F...

1995.

4 Movies
Nixon

Nixon

6
1995
There is a picture of the President. Nixon was a man who was carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands from within, but he was also a man who had a tr...
My Family

My Family

1995
Three generations of an immigrant family are depicted. Maria and Jose are the first generation of their family to live in Los Angeles. Their children deal with youth culture and the L.A., as well as e...
The Grass Harp

The Grass Harp

1995
The story of a young man growing up with an unusual family in the 1940s is based on a novel by Truman Capote.
Powder

Powder

1995
A shy young man known as "Powder" was harassed by classmates who wouldn't accept his appearance. The cruel taunting stops when Powder has a power that allows him to do incredible things. Everyone arou...

1994.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Ellen

Ellen

6
1994
Ellen aired on the ABC network from 1994 to 1998 and dealt with issues of daily life. The main character in the 1997 episode came out as gay. ABC put a parental advisory at the beginning of each episo...
It Runs in the Family

It Runs in the Family

1994
It is now summer in the Parker family; and the usual amount of numerous events are happening in their separate lives. Ralphie is searching for the perfect top to use to beat the school bully with, the...
Clifford

Clifford

1994
When his brother asked Martin to look after his son, he agreed to take his son into his home. Martin was an engineer who helped build the park. There is an inter-generational standoff when Clifford is...
Pontiac Moon

Pontiac Moon

1994
During a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S., an absent-minded professor and his son take off in an old car to bond. His wife is trying to save the family.

1993.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

8
1993
There are a lot of things that Gilbert Grape is responsible for. His mentally impaired younger brother is in trouble, and his overweight mother can't leave the house. Gilbert moved into a job at a gro...
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
After many years at the "Cheers" bar, Frasier moves back home to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father gets shot in the hip on duty.
Philadelphia

Philadelphia

5
1993
Two lawyers are going to file a lawsuit. Their courage is overcome by the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries as their unlikely friendship develops.

1992.

1 Movie
Earth and the American Dream

Earth and the American Dream

1992
A beautiful and disturbing film recounts America’s story from the environment’s point of view. From the arrival of Columbus to the simple wilderness living of the 16th and 17th centuries, through the ...

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Back to the Future: The Animated Series

Back to the Future: The Animated Series

6
1991
The Back to the Future trilogy was the basis for the series.
The Butcher's Wife

The Butcher's Wife

6
1991
A woman believes she met her husband in a dream. Everyone she meets at the butcher shop is affected by her powers. She was able to find the man of her dreams thanks to her advice.

1990.

2 Movies
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy

The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy

1990
The Secrets of the Back to the Future trilogy was hosted by Kirk Cameron. The show answered questions from Back to the Future fans. Back to the Future Part III's bonus feature was released on videocas...
Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part III

5.9
1990
Marty is looking for Doc in the Wild West of 1885 in the final chapter of the Back to the Future trilogy. The travelers are stuck in a land of spurs when their time machine breaks down. Marty tangles ...

1989.

2 Movies
Parenthood

Parenthood

6.04
1989
The family wanted their children to go to school. They like skeletons in the closet.
Miss Firecracker

Miss Firecracker

1989
A girl from Mississippi wants to win a beauty contest.

1988.

1 Movie
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank

1988
Otto Frank hides his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labour camp. Otto Frank's office assistant is Miep Gies. The true story of Gies' struggle to...

1987.

3 Movies
The Whales of August

The Whales of August

6
1987
During a late summer day in Maine, two older sisters reflect on life and the past.
Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter

1987
A budding actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, only to discover she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot.
End of the Line

End of the Line

1987
Employees are on their way to corporate headquarters when a railway closes.

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Tender Is the Night

Tender Is the Night

1985
Dennis Potter is an author. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a novel about how the rich on the Riviera in the 1920s are drawn into the depression.
One Magic Christmas

One Magic Christmas

1985
A young mother rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter, who is Ginny's very own guardian angel.

1983.

3 Movies
Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

1983
A popular New York City playwright is in need of a new writing partner. A teacher aspires to be a writer.
Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

1983
A woman encounters a wolf.
Cross Creek

Cross Creek

1983
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved to Florida to write. After being bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, she connected with and wrote The Yearling, a classic of American literature...

1982.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre

1982
A children's television anthology series retells popular fairy tales.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

4
1982
A nutty inventor, his frustrated wife, a philosopher cousin, his much younger fiancée, a randy doctor, and a free- thinking nurse spend a summer weekend in and around a stunning country house.

1981.

1 Movie
Ragtime

Ragtime

7.5
1981
A young black pianist becomes involved in the lives of an upper-class white family in New York City in the early 1900s.

1980.

1 Movie
Melvin and Howard

Melvin and Howard

5
1980
A man claimed to be an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

1979.

1 Movie
Time After Time

Time After Time

2.67
1979
London 1893 has a killer with a nickname. The Time Machine would be written by a genius. But what if H.G. If Jack the Ripper escaped capture and took refuge in ours, what would it be like?

1978.

1 Movie
Goin' South

Goin' South

1978
Henry Moon's horse is captured by a posse as he tries to escape. A post-Civil War law in the small town allows single or widowed women to save him from the gallows by marrying him.

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is respected. The various category winners are given a copy of the Oscar statuette. The first awards were held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
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