Mary Steenburgen Net Worth

What is the estimated net worth of the actress Mary Steenburgen? She is a person both men and women like and cherish. It is people like she who make us look up to Hollywood and other movie stars. We will talk about her net worth, but first, a little bit more about the actress herself. She is an American born in Newport, Arkansas, U.S. on the February 8, 1953. Finding her talents at quite a young age, she studied and later graduated from Hendrix College. Over a period of time she was selected to appear in many movies and TV shows. Popular in her home country and across the globe, Mary Steenburgen stands at 5′ 8″ (1.73 m). Ted Danson (m. 1995), Malcolm McDowell (m. 1980–1990) and Charlie McDowell, Lilly McDowell make up her family. Since we know that Hollywood actors earn six, seven or even eight figure sums, Mary Steenburgen is no exception, having an estimated net worth of $12 Million.

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After matriculating from high school, Mary attended Hendrix College to study drama. She then went to Dallas to audition for a Neighborhood Playhouse position in New York City, and was successful so moved to Manhattan, and studied acting at the Playhouse while working as a waitress.

After involvement in a few productions, she would be discovered by Jack Nicholson who would invite her to take part in his film “Goin’ South” in 1978. This opened up more film opportunities for her, including a role in “Time After Time”, and would then go on and appear in “Melvin and Howard”, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She then became a part of the well-received film “Cross Creek”. In 1990, she was cast for “Back to the Future Part III” in which she portrayed a teacher who falls in love with Christopher Lloyd’s character Doc Brown. She would go on and reprise her role by voicing her character in “Back to the Future: Animated Series”.

Afterwards, she appeared in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” which starred Johnny Depp, and would then appear in “Nixon”. In 2005, she was cast in “Elf” which starred Will Ferrell, and would continue appearing in comedies such as “Four Christmases” and “The Proposal”, before being seen in the independent film “Dirty Girl” alongside Juno Temple and Milla Jovovich. One of her latest appearances is in the film “The Help” which has been critically acclaimed. Her net worth is still rising.

For television, Steenburgen started out in the sitcom “Ink”, and would then appear in the miniseries “Gulliver’s Travels”. Afterwards, she appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and would then become part of the drama “Joan of Arcadia”. She had a recurring role in 2011’s “Bored to Death” and also in the “Outlaw Country” pilot. She had a recurring role in “30 Rock”, and one of her latest series is “Orange is the New Black”.

Aside from her awards, Steenburgen has received an honorary doctorate from Hendrix College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lyon College.

For her personal life, it is known that Mary married actor Malcolm McDowell in 1980 and they had two children before divorcing in 1990. She would then marry actor Ted Danson in 1995, who has two children from a previous marriage. They currently reside in Los Angeles. Aside from that, it is known that she is a close friend of Hilary Clinton, and supported her presidential campaign in 2008.

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  • Full Name: Mary Steenburgen
  • Net Worth: $12 Million
  • Date Of Birth: February 8, 1953
  • Place Of Birth: Newport, Arkansas, U.S.
  • Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Hendrix College
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Ted Danson (m. 1995), Malcolm McDowell (m. 1980–1990)
  • Children: Charlie McDowell, Lilly McDowell
  • Parents: Maurice Steenburgen, Nellie Mae Wall
  • Siblings: Nancy Kelly
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  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Mot…
  • Nominations: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actre…
  • Movies: Back to the Future Part III, Step Brothers, The Proposal, Last Vegas, Elf, Melvin and Howard, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Goin’ South, Four Christmases, Parenthood, Life as a House, Time After Time, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, A Walk in the Woods, The Help, Miss Firecracker, Song One, The Brav…
  • TV Shows: Bored to Death, Joan of Arcadia, Ink, Back to the Future, The Last Man on Earth, Tender is the Night, Reel Comedy


  • There’s just such a premium on hurrying, and the camera is the be all and end all, and the actors had better hurry up and get it right and get it done.
  • I take the fact that films cost a lot of money very seriously, but once in a while to have somebody say, This is a big scene, take your time with it, is important. That’s John Sayles.
  • I was this person with this weird last name from New York that no one had ever heard of. But my screen test I guess, according to him, was the best. So I got the part, which was incredible.
  • I’d already made the decision before I’d even read it-just because it was John Sayles. Then when I read it, the themes were actually themes that have been a big part of my life.
  • It was a few days later I came out to Hollywood for a screen test, and so did a lot of other people. So I really didn’t think I would get it. I was definitely the one that was least likely to get it, because everyone else was an already established star.
  • There’s a certain arrogance to an actor who will look at a script and feel like, because the words are simple, maybe they can paraphrase it and make it better.
  • Anything to do with the South resonates with me, because I’m Southern.
  • I helped found Artists for New South Africa, but it used to be called Artists for Free South Africa. Alfre Woodard and a bunch of us started this.
  • I think that we need to look hard at our beliefs and be responsible about how we speak out.
  • It’s usually, my people speak to your people and then they speak around each other and trade calls for weeks.
  • I know this is kind of corny, but we thought about renewing our vows again because I think my mom would really love it if we did that in Arkansas, where I came from.
  • And, oh my God, I loved doing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Who wouldn’t love kissing Johnny Depp all day?


  • Is one of 27 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Melvin and Howard (1980). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class (1973)), Lee Grant (Shampoo (1975)), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall (1977)), Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Jessica Lange (Tootsie (1982)), Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor (1985)), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck (1987)), Cher (Moonstruck (1987)), Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy (1989)), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)),Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny (1992)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets (1997)), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).
  • Was in the film End of the Line (1987) in which she played the wife of a railroad worker. The film used Union Pacific tracks in Arkansas, which were formerly the tracks of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Mary’s father was a freight train conductor on the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Arkansas.
  • Parents are Maurice H. Steenburgen (1914-1989) and Nellie May Wall Steenburgen (1923-2010).
  • Was the 84th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Melvin and Howard (1980) at The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981) on March 31, 1981.
  • Became a grandmother for the 1st time at age 58 when her daughter Lilly McDowell gave birth to a daughter, Clementine Mae Walton in January 2012.
  • Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 30, a son Charles Malcolm McDowell (aka Charlie McDowell) on July 10, 1983. Child’s father is her 1st [now ex] husband, Malcolm McDowell.
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a daughter Lilly Amanda McDowell (aka Lilly McDowell) on January 22, 1981. Child’s father is her 1st [now ex] husband, Malcolm McDowell.
  • Her mother, Nellie May Wall Steenburgen, died on January 26, 2010 at age 86.
  • Has Dutch, English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
  • Stepmother of Kate Danson and Alexis Danson.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 16, 2009.
  • When she lived in a Manhattan apartment, her next door neighbor was Steve Martin.
  • Discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount’s New York office. Nicholson cast her as his leading lady in Goin’ South (1978), Steenburgen’s feature debut.
  • President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton attended Steenburgen’s 1995 wedding to Ted Danson. Steenburgen had personally known Clinton since he was governor of Arkansas when she resided in Little Rock. The President celebrated his 51st birthday at the Martha’s Vineyard home of the couple.
  • She was the third of four consecutive winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to have the initials “M.S.”. The others are: Maggie Smith for California Suite (1978), Meryl Streep for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Maureen Stapleton for Reds (1981).
  • She appeared with Christopher Lloyd in three different films: Goin’ South (1978), Back to the Future Part III (1990) and Wish You Were Dead (2002).
  • She played Jason Ritter’s mother in Joan of Arcadia (2003). Her husband Ted Danson played Ritter’s father in Mumford (1999).
  • Shares a birthday with Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, her The Trumpet of the Swan (2001) co-star Seth Green, James Dean and Ethan Phillips.
  • In both Time After Time (1979) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), she played the love interest of a time traveller who later became one herself. In the former, she was from the time traveller’s future and in the latter, she was from his past.
  • Referred to multiple times on Stargate SG-1 (1997) as the heartthrob of Colonel Jack O’Neill, played by Richard Dean Anderson.
  • Returned to old high school in North Little Rock, Arkansas in April 2002, to teach drama workshops to students, fulfilling promise made to parents of teenager Thea Leopoulos, who was killed in a traffic accident in 2001.
  • A notable patron of the arts who has set up exhibits in the past, her husband actor Ted Danson sculpts as a sideline.


  • High-pitched voice with southern accent


Title Year Status Character
Antiquities 2017 filming Dr. Margot
What’s the Point? 2017 post-production Cybil
The Last Man on Earth 2015-2016 TV Series Gail Klosterman
Blunt Talk 2016 TV Series Margaret Rudolph
Katie Says Goodbye 2016 Maybelle
Dean 2016 Carol
The Book of Love 2016 Julia
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow 2015 TV Movie Aunt Cly
Orange Is the New Black 2015 TV Series Delia Powell
Justified 2014-2015 TV Series Katherine Hale
7 Days in Hell 2015 TV Movie Louisa Poole
Togetherness 2015 TV Series Linda
A Walk in the Woods 2015 Jeannie
The One I Love 2014 Mom (voice)
Song One 2014 Karen
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 The Bamboo Cutter’s Wife / Narrator (English version, voice)
Last Vegas 2013 Diana Boyle
Brahmin Bulls 2013 Helen West
Wilfred 2011-2013 TV Series Catherine Newman
Outlaw Country 2012 TV Movie Anastasia Lee
Self Deportation Station with Mary Steenburgen & George Lopez 2012 Short
30 Rock 2012 TV Series Diana Jessup
Bored to Death 2011 TV Series Josephine
Robot Chicken 2011 TV Series Athena
The Help 2011 Elain Stein
Keepin’ It Real Estate 2011 Video short Claire
Fight for Your Right Revisited 2011 Short Café Patron
Southern Discomfort 2010 TV Movie
Dirty Girl 2010 Peggy
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story 2010 Video short Mrs. Yankovic
Did You Hear About the Morgans? 2009 Emma Wheeler
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000-2009 TV Series Mary Steenburgen
The Open Road 2009 Katherine
The Proposal 2009/I Grace Paxton
In the Electric Mist 2009 Bootsie Robicheaux
Happiness Isn’t Everything 2009 TV Movie Audrey Veill
Four Christmases 2008 Marilyn
Step Brothers 2008 Nancy Huff
Reinventing the Wheelers 2007 TV Movie Claire Wheeler
Honeydripper 2007 Amanda Winship
The Brave One 2007 Carol
Numb 2007/I Dr. Blaine
Nobel Son 2007 Sarah Michaelson
Elvis and Anabelle 2007 Geneva
The Dead Girl 2006 Leah’s Mother
Inland Empire 2006 Visitor #2
Joan of Arcadia 2003-2005 TV Series Helen Girardi
Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2005 Marienne Hotchkiss
It Must Be Love 2004 TV Movie Clem Gazelle
Becker 2004 TV Series Patient
Capital City 2004 TV Movie Elaine Summer
Elf 2003 Emily
Casa de los babys 2003 Gayle
Hope Springs 2003 Joanie Fisher
Mrs. Pilgrim Goes to Hollywood 2002 Mary
Outtakes 2002 Video short Clara Clayton (uncredited)
Wish You Were Dead 2002 Sally Rider
Sunshine State 2002 Francine Pinkney
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 TV Series Grace Rinato
Living with the Dead 2002 TV Movie Detective Karen Condrin
I Am Sam 2001 Dr. Blake
Life as a House 2001 Colleen Beck
The Trumpet of the Swan 2001 Mother (voice)
Nobody’s Baby 2001 Estelle
Picnic 2000 TV Movie Rosemary Sydney
Noah’s Ark 1999 TV Mini-Series Naamah
About Sarah 1998 TV Movie Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey
Ink 1996-1997 TV Series Kate Montgomery
Gulliver’s Travels 1996 TV Mini-Series Mary Gulliver
Nixon 1995 Hannah Nixon
Powder 1995 Jessie Caldwell
The Grass Harp 1995 Sister Ida
My Family 1995 Gloria
Frasier 1995 TV Series Marjorie
Pontiac Moon 1994 Katherine Bellamy
The Gift 1994 TV Short Catherine
It Runs in the Family 1994 Mrs. Parker (Mother)
Clifford 1994 Sarah Davis
Philadelphia 1993 Belinda Conine
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 Betty Carver
Back to the Future 1991-1992 TV Series Clara Clayton Brown
The Butcher’s Wife 1991 Stella Keefover
The Long Walk Home 1990 Narrator (voice)
Back to the Future Part III 1990 Clara Clayton
Parenthood 1989 Karen
Miss Firecracker 1989 Elain Rutledge
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank 1988 TV Movie Miep Gies
End of the Line 1987 Rose Pickett
The Whales of August 1987 Young Sarah
Dead of Winter 1987 Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn
One Magic Christmas 1985 Ginny Grainger
Tender Is the Night 1985 TV Mini-Series Nicole Warren Diver
Faerie Tale Theatre 1983 TV Series Mary / Little Red Riding Hood
Romantic Comedy 1983 Phoebe Craddock
Cross Creek 1983 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy 1982 Adrian
Ragtime 1981 Mother
Melvin and Howard 1980 Lynda Dummar
Time After Time 1979 Amy
Goin’ South 1978 Julia Tate Moon
Title Year Status Character
The Evening Journey 2008 Short associate producer
Bye Bye Benjamin 2006 Short executive producer
Ink 1996-1997 TV Series executive producer – 22 episodes
End of the Line 1987 executive producer
Title Year Status Character
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow 2015 TV Movie writer: “Eat Till You Pop”
The One I Love 2014 writer: “Roses Grow Thorns”
Last Vegas 2013 writer: “Cup Of Trouble”
Dirty Girl 2010 writer: “Rainbird”
Elf 2003 performer: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” 1934
The Butcher’s Wife 1991 performer: “IN THE DARK”, “GIMME A PIGFOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER”, “WHAT’LL I DO”
Music Department
Title Year Status Character
Valley Inn 2014 music by
Title Year Status Character
The One I Love 2014 very special thanks – as Mary and Ted
P.O.V. 2012 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode
I’m Carolyn Parker 2011 Documentary special thanks
Clarkworld 2009 Documentary special thanks
Behind the Scenes with ‘The Amateurs’ 2008 Video documentary short thanks
O Lucky Malcolm! 2006 Documentary acknowledgment: photos
Alex in Wonder 2001 special thanks
Title Year Status Character
Rachael Ray 2008-2016 TV Series Herself – Guest / Herself
The Chew 2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
Today 2008-2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
Good Morning America 2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Talk 2010-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
Celebrity Conversations 2015 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Tavis Smiley 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2013 TV Series Herself – Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2013 TV Series documentary Herself – Guest
CQC: Custe o Que Custar 2012 TV Series Herself
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation 2011 Documentary Herself
Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division 2011 Short Herself
2011 CMT Music Awards 2011 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Ace of Cakes 2011 TV Series Herself
John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge 2010 Herself
Tales from the Future 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans’ 2010 Video documentary Herself
Location, Location, Location: The Making of ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans’ 2010 Video documentary short Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Herself – Guest
Clarkworld 2009 Documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2008 TV Series Herself
High-Five Hollywood! 2008 Video short Herself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Herself – Guest
American Outrage 2008 Documentary Narrator
Behind the Scenes with ‘The Amateurs’ 2008 Video documentary short Herself – married to Ted Danson
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Our Land, Our Life 2006 Video documentary voice
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: Even Further 2006 Video documentary short Herself (uncredited)
History of Curb Your Enthusiasm: So Far 2006 Video documentary short Herself (uncredited)
O Lucky Malcolm! 2006 Documentary Herself
Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
The View 2005 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 6th Annual Family Television Awards 2004 TV Special Herself – Winner
Dinner for Five 2003-2004 TV Series Herself / Herself – Special Guest
A Tribute to Joe Mantegna 2004 TV Short documentary Herself
The 30th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
CBS Cares 2004 TV Series Herself
That’s a Wrap 2004 Video documentary short Herself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Herself – Guest
Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico 2003 Documentary Herself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Herself – Past Winner
Reel Comedy 2002 TV Series Herself
The 28th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
Character Building: Inside ‘Life as a House’ 2001 Video short documentary Herself
The Making of ‘Life as a House’ 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of ‘Hannibal’ 2001 Video documentary Herself – L.A. Premiere
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Herself – Audience Member
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Narrator
Late Show with David Letterman 1999 TV Series Herself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
Ellen 1998 TV Series Herself
To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th 1998 TV Special Herself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
The 23rd Annual People’s Choice Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1996 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Outstanding Comedy Series
Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 TV Movie Herself
Showbiz Today 1991-1995 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson 1994 TV Special Herself – Audience Member
A Century of Women 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary
Canceled Lives: Letters from the Inside 1993 Video documentary Herself (voice)
Working in the Theatre 1993 TV Series documentary Herself
Earth and the American Dream 1992 Documentary Reader (voice)
Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories 1992 TV Series Herself
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Herself
Wogan 1990 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy 1990 TV Special documentary short Herself
The Making of ‘Back to the Future III’ 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself – Nominee: OutstandingLead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish 1984 TV Special documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Herself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself – Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself – Winner: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
The Alan Hamel Show 1980 TV Series Herself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Herself
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media 2008 Video documentary Herself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Karen Buckman in ‘Parenthood’
Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Some Jerk with a Camera 2015 TV Series documentary Clara Clayton


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