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MARY STEENBURGEN (Grace Paxton) won an Academy Award® for her role in "Melvin and Howard.” Recent credits include "The Open Road,” starring Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake, "Four Christmases,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn, and "Stepbrothers,” starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. She appeared in "The Brave One,” directed by Neil Jordan and starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. In 2006, she starred opposite Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman in "Nobel Son.”

She starred for two seasons on the Emmy®-nominated CBS series "Joan of Arcadia.” In 2006, Steenburgen starred in the David Mamet-directed play "Boston Marriage” at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She was also seen in the independent feature "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.” In 2003, she appeared in the CBS television film "It Must Be Love,” co-starring husband Ted Danson. Steenburgen co-starred in "Elf,” alongside Will Farrell and James Caan. She has appeared in two films for director John Sayles, "Sunshine State” and "Casa De Los Babys.” In 2001 Steenburgen appeared 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 2002, Steenburgen starred with Danson in a CBS television miniseries entitled "Talking to Heaven.” They also worked together in 1996 on the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels” and in the 1994 feature film "Pontiac Moon.”

Steenburgen 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 CBS movie in which she played a developmentally disabled adult. Steenburgen's credits include "The Grass Harp,” "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 executive producer.

Steenburgen's stage credits include "The Beginning of August,” "Holiday,” "Candida” at New York's Roundabout Theater, and "Marvin's Room” at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles. In 1989, Steenburgen and fellow actress Alfre Woodard founded Artists for a Free South Africa. In 1996 Steenburgen and Danson were presented with Liberty Hill Foundation's prestigious Upton Sinclair Award for their work in human rights and environmental causes.

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