Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an American actress. She was most successful for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard, which earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Mary Nell Steenburgen (born February 8, 1953) is an American actress. She was most successful for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard, which earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 93

Birthday 1953-02-08

Place of Birth Newport, Arkansas, USA

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Also Known As

  • Mary Nell Steenburgen
  • Μάρι Στινμπούργζεν

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Happiness Isn't Everything (1 episode) as Audrey Veill
2019 Antiquities as Dr. Margot
2018 Book Club as Carol
2018 Katie Says Goodbye as Maybelle
2017 I Do... Until I Don't as Cybil Burger
2017 The Discovery as Interviewer
2017 The Book of Love as Julia Mureaux
2016 Dean as Carol
2015 Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow as Aunt Cly
2015 A Walk in the Woods as Jeannie
2015 7 Days in Hell as Louisa Poole
2015 The Last Man on Earth (54 episodes) as Gail Klosterman
2015 Song One as Karen Ellis
2013 Last Vegas as Diana
2013 Brahmin Bulls as Helen West
2012 Outlaw Country as Anastasia Lee
2011 The Help as Elain Stein
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited as Café Patron
2010 Dirty Girl as Peggy
2010 Weird: The Al Yankovic Story as Mrs. Yankovic
2009 Did You Hear About the Morgans? as Emma Wheeler
2009 Clarkworld as herself
2009 The Proposal as Grace Paxton
2009 In the Electric Mist as Bootsie Robicheaux
2009 The Open Road as Katherine
2008 Four Christmases as Marilyn
2008 Step Brothers as Nancy Huff
2007 The Brave One as Carol
2007 Honeydripper as Amanda Winship
2007 Numb as Dr. Cheryl Blaine
2007 Nobel Son as Sarah Michaelson
2007 Elvis and Anabelle as Geneva Leigh
2006 The Dead Girl as Beverley, Leah's Mother
2006 Inland Empire as Visitor #2
2005 Criminal Minds (1 episode)
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School as Marienne Hotchkiss
2004 The Tony Danza Show (1 episode)
2004 It Must Be Love
2003 Elf as Emily Hobbs
2003 Joan of Arcadia (45 episodes) as Helen Girardi
2003 Casa de los Babys as Gayle
2003 E!'s 101 (1 episode)
2003 Hope Springs as Joanie Fisher
2002 Sunshine State as Francine Pinkney
2002 Wish You Were Dead as Sally Rider
2002 Talking to Heaven as Detective Karen Condrin
2001 I Am Sam as Dr. Blake
2001 Life as a House as Colleen Beck
2001 Good Day Live (1 episode)
2001 Dinner for Five (2 episodes)
2001 The Trumpet Of The Swan as Mother
2001 Nobody's Baby as Estelle
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm (4 episodes)
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 episode)
1999 Noah's Ark (2 episodes) as Naamah
1998 Becker (1 episode)
1998 About Sarah as Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey
1997 The View (2 episodes)
1996 Ink (26 episodes) as Kate Montgomery
1996 Gulliver's Travels (2 episodes) as Mary Gulliver
1995 Nixon as Hannah Nixon
1995 Powder as Jessie Caldwell
1995 The Grass Harp as Sister Ida
1994 Pontiac Moon as Katherine Bellamy
1994 My Summer Story as Mrs. Parker
1994 Clifford as Sarah Davis
1994 Ellen (1 episode)
1993 Philadelphia as Belinda Conine
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape as Betty Carver
1993 Frasier (1 episode) as Guest Caller - Marjorie
1991 The Butcher's Wife as Stella Keefover
1991 Back to the Future: The Animated Series (26 episodes) as Clara Clayton (voice)
1990 The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy as Herself
1990 Back to the Future Part III as Clara Clayton
1989 Parenthood as Karen Buckman
1989 Miss Firecracker as Elaine Rutledge
1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank as Miep Gies
1987 The Whales of August as Young Sarah
1987 End of the Line as Rose Pickett
1987 Dead of Winter as Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn
1985 One Magic Christmas as Ginny Hanks Grainger
1985 Tender is the Night (6 episodes) as Nicole Warren Diver
1983 Little Red Riding Hood as Mary / Little Red Riding Hood
1983 Romantic Comedy as Phoebe Craddock
1983 Cross Creek as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (1 episode) as Mary / Little Red Riding Hood
1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy as Adrian
1981 Ragtime as Mother
1980 Melvin and Howard as Lynda Dummar
1979 Time After Time as Amy Robbins
1978 Goin' South as Julia Tate / Moon
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)


2006 Bye Bye Benjamin Executive Producer
1996 Ink (26 episodes)Producer

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