MARY STEENBURGEN is an Academy
AwardÂ® winning actress for Melvin and Howard, and was last seen in Hope
Springs with Colin Firth and Heather Graham. Mary appeared in
director John Sayles film, Sunshine State, and co-starred in his film Casa
De Los Babys, due out in fall 2003. In 2001 she co-starred alongside Kevin
Kline in Irwin Winkler's Life as a House, which had its world premiere
at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has constantly redefined herself
through challenging roles in films such as Philadelphia, Parenthood and What's
Eating Gilbert Grape.
In spring of 2002, Mary was seen
starring with her husband, Ted Danson in a CBS television miniseries entitled Talking
to Heaven. They had previously worked together in 1996 on the critically
acclaimed NBC miniseries Gulliver's Travels, and in the 1994 feature
film Pontiac Moon.
Mary starred with Jon Voight and F.
Murray Abraham in Robert Halmi's Noah's Ark for NBC, and was also
nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her role in About Sarah, a
two- hour made for television movie for CBS in which she played a
developmentally disabled adult.
Other films that encompass Mary's
career include: The Grass Harp, with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and
Piper Laurie, as well as Wish You Were Dead, Nobody's Baby,
Back to the Future III, Time After Time, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Cross
Creek, One Magic Christmas, Dead of Winter and End of the Line, in which she
also served as the film's executive producer.
Steenburgen's career on the stage has
continued to flourish, starring in The Beginning of August, Holiday, George
Bernard Shaw's production of Candida at New York's Roundabout Theater
and most recently in Marvin's Room at the Tiffany Theater in Los
In addition to her professional work,
Mary has devoted a great deal of time to causes close to her heart. In 1989 she
and fellow actress, Alfre Woodard founded Artists for a Free South Africa, and
in 1996 Mary and Ted were presented with Liberty Hill Foundation's prestigious
Upton Sinclair Award for their work in human rights and environmental causes. In
1998, Mary became involved in Elizabeth Glaser's Pediatric AIDS Foundation,
and was honored to accept the role of National Spokesperson for the
Mary is a native of
Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of a railroad conductor and a public high
school secretary. She began her career at the age of nineteen in New York. She
currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
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