Mary Steenburgen

About Mary Steenburgen

Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and songwriter. Steenburgen’s break came when she was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount’s New York office and was cast as the female lead in his second directorial work, the 1978 Western ‘Goin’ South’. 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 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’, ‘Cross Creek’, ‘Parenthood’, ‘Back to the Future Part III’, ‘Philadelphia’, ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’, ‘Elf”, ‘The Brave One’, ‘Step Brothers’, ‘The Proposal’, ‘The Help’,  ‘A Walk in the Woods’, ‘Book Club’, and ‘Happiest Season’, as recent as 2020. Learn More…

Mary Steenburgen