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Mary Steenburgen

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Steenburgen at the 2009 ceremony to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office and was cast as the lead in his second directorial effort, the 1978 Western Goin' South. In only her third film, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1980 film Melvin and Howard, playing the wife of a man who claims to have befriended reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.

She had a leading role in the 1979 film Time After Time as a modern woman who falls in love with author H.G. Wells, played by husband-to-be Malcolm McDowell. In both this film and Back to the Future later on, she played the love interest of a time traveler.

Other notable film appearances came in the well-received 1983 film Cross Creek, her performance as an adulterous wife in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? with Johnny Depp, as Hannah Nixon in the Oliver Stone biopic Nixon, and as a woman who discovers her husband is the father of a North Pole elf in the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf. She appeared in the 2008 comedy Step Brothers, another movie starring Will Ferrell, playing the mother of Ferrell's character.

Fact file

  • Born: Mary Nell Steenburgen February 8, 1953 (age 62) Newport, Arkansas, U.S.
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1978–present
  • Spouse(s): Malcolm McDowell (m. 1980–90) Ted Danson (m. 1995)
  • Children: 2 (with McDowell)
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard (1980) Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Melvin and Howard (1980)

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Meet Mary Steenburgen, Songwriter
NY Times Movies, 2020-01-09 22:06:35
The actress has quietly been working in music for the last dozen years, and a tune she helped write for “Wild Rose” has made the Oscar shortlist.

Variety, 2019-12-09 02:38:53
Mary Steenburgen has a long and storied enough career that it may be difficult to think of her as an underdog. But as a songwriter, she counts. The actress has been moonlighting as a tunesmith for the last 12 years, and now may be coming into the daylight with a ...

Brothers Osborne with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen at ASCAP Country Awards
Variety, 2019-11-12 16:22:46
A tribute to Randy Travis provided the emotional highlight at the ASCAP Country Awards in Nashville, where the singer was being feted with a special award, as were Hillary Lindsey and Brothers Osborne. Among the competitive awards, Ashley Gorley set a record among Nashville tunesmiths by winning songwriter of the ...

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