Academy Award®-winning actress Mary Steenburgen is a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in numerous feature films, television series and movies for television. Her role in Melvin and Howard garnered her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and she was also nominated for a Golden Globe® Award for her debut film performance in Goin' South.
Mary was most recently seen in the hit series 30 Rock as "Diana Jessup," the highly spirited mother of "Avery" (Elizabeth Banks). In her multi-episode role, Mary’s character continuously butts heads with "Jack Donaghy," played by Alec Baldwin.
In 2011, Mary appeared alongside her husband, Ted Danson, as “Josephine” in the final four episodes of Bored to Death. Also in 2011, Steenburgen appeared in the critically-acclaimed ensemble cast of The Help. The Help won numerous accolades and was nominated for four Academy Awards. Mary also appeared in the film, Dirty Girl, and co-wrote the featured song for the film Rainbird.
Mary has constantly redefined herself through challenging roles in films such as Philadelphia, Parenthood and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. She’s also flexed her comedy chops in The Proposal, Four Christmases and Stepbrothers. She even appeared as herself alongside her husband in the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Throughout her longstanding career in Hollywood, Mary has also proven herself as a producer, performer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She has also been vocal in the political arena as an active supporter of the Bill and Hilary Clinton.
Mary resides in Los Angeles.