February 8, 1953
68 years old
5 ft 8 in | 173 cm
36-26-36 in | 91-66-91 cm
58 kg | 128 lbs
9 US | 40 EU
Mary Nell Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, United States, on February 8, 1953, is an American actress.
Young Mary Steenburgen first started acting in high school plays.
She got her television debut in CBS crime drama series Faerie Tale Theatre (1983) in episode "Little Red Riding Hood", in role as Mary /Little Red Riding Hood.
Her breakthrough performance came as Julia Tate Moon in her big screen debut in Western comedy movie Goin' South (1978) directed by Jack Nicholson, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress.
She started her music career in 2007.
Nightmare Alley (2021) drama thriller in role as Miss Harrington, with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Bradley Cooper
Happiest Season (2020) comedy romance in role as Tipper, opposite Alison Brie, Dan Levy and Kristen Stewart
She won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lynda West Dummar in comedy drama film Melvin and Howard (1980).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mother in drama movie Ragtime (1981).
She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance as Amy Robbins in science fiction film Time After Time (1979).
She was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Clara Clayton in science fiction film Back to the Future Part III (1990).
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) drama opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Darlene Cates
Philadelphia (1993) legal drama with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas
Time After Time (1979) science fiction opposite Malcolm McDowell and David Warner
Elf (2003) comedy with Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel
Parenthood (1989) comedy opposite Steve Martin and Joaquin Phoenix
Step Brothers (2008) comedy with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
The One I Love (2014) thriller opposite Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson
Melvin and Howard (1980) comedy drama with Paul Le Mat and Jason Robards
Life as a House (2001) drama opposite Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone and Kevin Kline
The Brave One (2007) psychological thriller with Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard
Powder (1995) fantasy drama opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Jeff Goldblum
Dead of Winter (1987) horror thriller with Jan Rubeš and Roddy McDowall
The Whales of August (1987) drama opposite Lillian Gish and Bette Davis
One Magic Christmas (1985) family fantasy with Harry Dean Stanton and Elisabeth Harnois
Last Vegas (2013) comedy opposite Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman
Miss Firecracker (1989) comedy with Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins
The Butcher's Wife (1991) romantic comedy opposite Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels
Book Club (2018) romantic comedy with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen
The Help (2011) period drama opposite Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone
She was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her role as Nicole Warren Diver in television miniseries Tender Is the Night (1985).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance as Miep Gies in television film The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988).
She won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series for her role as Helen Girardi in fantasy family drama television series Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005).
She voiced Clara Clayton in animated science fiction comedy adventure television series Back to the Future (1991-1992).
Gulliver's Travels (1996) miniseries in role as Mary Gulliver
Ink (1996–1997) CBS sitcom in role as Kate Montgomery
Noah's Ark (1999) miniseries in role as Naamah
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000–2017) HBO comedy series in role as Herself
Wilfred (2011-2013) comedy television series in role as Catherine Newman
Bored to Death (2011) HBO comedy series in role as Josephine
30 Rock (2012) NBC satirical sitcom in role as Diana Jessup
Justified (2014-2015) FX Western crime drama series in role as Katherine Hale
Togetherness (TV series) HBO comedy drama series in role as Linda
Orange Is the New Black (2015-2017) Netflix comedy drama web series in role as Delia Powell
The Last Man on Earth (2015-2018) Fox post-apocalyptic comedy series in role as Gail Klosterman
Blunt Talk (2016) Starz sitcom in role as Margaret Rudolph
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019) Showtime dark comedy television series in role as Ellen Joy Bonar
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (2020- ) NBC musical comedy drama seriesin role as Maggie Clarke
Grace and Frankie (2020) Netflix comedy web series in role as Miriam
Attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
Has a sister, Nancy.
Has Dutch, English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
She was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in 2009.
Close friend with Hillary Clinton.
Lives in Los Angeles.
She was married to actor Malcolm McDowell (1978-1990) they have two children.
She married actor Ted Danson in 1995.