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
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.