Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen


2/8/1953, Newport, Arkansas, USA

Birth Name

Mary Nell Steenburgen


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Mary Steenburgen, an established film, television and stage actress, earned an Academy Award for her role in Melvin and Howard. Her additional film credits include Philadelphia, Parenthood, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Grass Harp, Wish You Were Dead, Nobody's Baby, Back to the Future III, Time After Time,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1981, Mary won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard.

    • Mary Steenburgen is a close personal friend of former first lady and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    • In the Back To The Future: The Animated Series, Mary Steenburgen voiced her original character from the trilogy, Clara Clayton Brown.

    • She has two children, actress Lilly (born 1981) and producer/director Charlie (born 1983) with ex-husband Malcolm McDowell.

    • Mary took the role of Clara Clayton in Back to the Future part 3 on the insistence of her children.

    • Her Joan of Arcadia co-star Michael Welch played the younger version of Colonel Jack O'Neill in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Fragile Balance". She has been mentioned numerous times on that series as O'Neill's heartthrob.

    • Other Awards & Nominations:

      1979 - Nominated - Golden Globe - Best Acting Debut (Female): Goin' South

      1980 - Won - Saturn Award - Best Actress: Time After Time

      1980 - Won - Los Angeles Film Critics Association - Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard

      1980 - Won - New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard

      1981 - Won - Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard

      1981 - Won - Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard

      1981 - Won - National Society of Film Critics Awards - Best Supporting Actress: Melvin and Howard

      1982 - Nominated - Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actress: Ragtime

      1986 - Nominated - Genie - Best Actress: One Magic Christmas

      1999 - Nominated - Screen Actors Guild - Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: About Sarah

      2003 - Nominated - DVD Exclusive Awards - Best Supporting Actress: Wish You Were Dead

      2004 - Won - Golden Satellite Awards - Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Joan of Arcadia

    • Married actor Ted Danson on 07 October 1995

  • Quotes

    • Mary: (About Back To The Future Part III) The last third of the film I feel like a female Indiana Jones, you know. I loved it. It`s really physical and full of action, and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to do it because I haven`t really done that.

    • Mary: (From her second view of Back To The Future Part III) Chris and I were kind of being overly zealously about our dance one night, and he went one way and I went the other, and I tore a ligament in my foot, which made it not quite as much fun over the next few weeks to dance on it. But I found that I`d get so excited when they`d say "Action", and we`d dance, it wouldn`t really hurt until he said "Cut," and then I`d feel a shooting pain going up my leg. But we had agreed.

    • Mary: (From her view of Back To The Future Part III). I think it has been fun for Chris, because I never thought people would necessarily think He was a romantic-lady man. But every woman on the set has been watching him go, "Ah!", because he's really wonderful! He`s really fantastically romantic in this part.

  • Wonderful

    Love seeing Mary on the big screen, she's so beautiful & a great actress, wish she was more in the limelight tho. Mary & Ted are so delightful together, they should star along side each other way more often than they do.
  • She is good at acting!

    I really enjoy her act! I first saw her in Back to the future part III, and I thought it was wonderful. I was thinking about be editor for Crspin Glover, but that`s gone. I tried for Christopher lloyd, but my submissions were crap for him. I am planning on doing other stuff for Mary Steenburgen. I have been thinking of her doing different stuff than just telivision. I am planning on being editor soon. She has loads of talent for acting. Well, that is pretty much I can say. See you later! Also coming soon, My review for BTTF III!moreless