has twice received Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actress for her roles in Absence of Malice and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Her films include How To Make An American Quilt, Prince of Tides, Sioux City, Staying Together, Harry and the Henderson's, Songwriter, A Christmas Story, The Shadow Box, F.I.S. T., Slap Shot and Bound For Glory.
Dillon's television credits include the mini-series The Judds, James Michener's Space, Hellinger's Law; the HBO Productions State of Emergency, Transplant and Right of Way; and the movies-of-the-week Fallen Angel and Shattered Spirits. She also had a guest starring appearance on The Tracey Ullman Show and appeared in Paulist Productions Insight.
On Broadway, Dillon appeared in the original production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, garnering the New York Drama Critics Award and a Tony nomination. Other Broadway credits include Story Theatre and "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running. Her off-Broadway roles include A Round With Ring, directed by Ring Lardner Jr., and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad" directed by Jerome Robbins.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
Melinda Dillon Facts
|A Christmas Story|
|Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story|
|Harry and the Hendersons|
|Close Encounters of the Third Kind|