Born: February 8, 1953
Mary Steenburgen, in full Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953, Newport, Arkansas, U.S.), was an American actress known for her charming and gentle demeanor in a wide variety of roles ranging from comic to villainous and from long-suffering to authoritative.
Steenburgen grew up in Arkansas and performed in high-school plays. She briefly attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, before moving to New York City in 1972 to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She cofounded an improvisational comedy troupe with other graduates of the school before being cast by Jack Nicholson as a spinster who saves his character from the gallows in the little-seen western comedy Goin’ South (1978). She played opposite Malcolm McDowell (who portrayed H.G. Wells) in the time-travel film Time After Time (1979). In her third movie, Melvin and Howard (1980), Steenburgen’s performance as the winsome go-go dancer married to the hapless dreamer Melvin Dummar (played by Paul Le Mat) won her both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award as best supporting actress.
Mary Steenburgen’s 5 most popular quotes
- I think that we need to look hard at our beliefs and be responsible about how we speak out.
- I have loved by far the majority of the people I’ve worked with and the experiences I’ve had.
- I love being in the business I’m in-I do love being a part of a group of people that work well together. I love it when there’s a connection.
- I still try to do what I’ve always said I would do, which is say yes to the things that make my heart beat faster, particularly if there’s something scary about it.
- There’s a certain arrogance to an actor who will look at a script and feel like, because the words are simple, maybe they can paraphrase it and make it better.
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