MARY STEENBURGEN Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Mary Steenburgen                                                               
Born: 8 February 1953 Newport, Arkansas, United States                               
Mary Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an Academy                               
Award-winning American actress.                                                       
Steenburgen was born in Newport, Arkansas, daughter of Nell, a school-board           
secretary, and Maurice Steenburgen, a freight-train conductor. Steenburgen           
married Malcolm McDowell in 1980 and they had two children together: Lily Amanda,     
born January 21, 1981 and Charles Malcolm born July 10, 1983, before divorcing       
in 1990, and has been married to actor Ted Danson since 1995. In 2006,               
Steenburgen received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lyon           
College in Batesville, Arkansas.                                                     
She is a close personal friend of former first lady, New York Senator, and           
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She currently resides in Oxford,             
Steenburgen moved to New York City in 1972, working at Doubleday's while             
studying acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.           
Her break came when she discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of         
Paramount's New York office, and soon after cast her as the lead in his second       
directorial effort, the 1978 Western Goin' South. She won the Academy Award           
for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1980 film Melvin and Howard. She     
played Clara Clayton in Back to the Future Part III (1990), a role which her         
children, fans of the Back to the Future movies, convinced her to play. She           
reprised the role by providing the character's voice in the Back to the Future:       
The Animated Series. She also had a role in the 1979 film Time After Time in         
which she played the love interest to H.G. Wells played by her husband-to-be         
Malcolm McDowell. In both films, she played the love interest of a time               
traveller. She also starred in the sitcom Ink and the television miniseries of       
Gulliver's Travels with her husband Ted Danson. She has also appeared as herself     
alongside Ted Danson in the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.