Mary Steenburgen Net Worth

June 21, 2023
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HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 16: Actress Mary Steenburgen attends The Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony honoring actress Mary Steenburgen on December 16, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Mary Nell Steenburgen was born on 8 February 1953, in Newport, Arkansas USA, and is an actress, probably best known for her award-winning role of Lynda Dummar in the film “Melvin and Howard”. She’s also been a part of films such as “Parenthood”, “Back to the Future Part III”, “Elf”, and “The Proposal”. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Mary Steenburgen? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $12 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. She’s worked in films, television shows as well as stage productions. All of these ensured the position of her wealth, but Mary is also known to be active in terms of charity work.


Mary Steenburgen Net Worth $12 million


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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