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Biography #2 (for Elf)Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award 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 Angeles.
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 organization.
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.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Elf" (26-Oct-2003)