Mary Steenburgen Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Mary Steenburgen Quick Info
Height5 ft 8 in
Weight58 kg
Date of BirthFebruary 8, 1953
Zodiac SignAquarius
SpouseTed Danson

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and singer who gained prominence by her role as Julia Tate in the 1978 film Goin’ South. She started her music career in 2007 and by 2017, Mary had composed more than 40 songs. She is known to play Amy Robbins in the 1979 sci-fi, adventure, drama film Time After Time and has appeared in numerous TV series and movies.

Born Name

Mary Nell Steenburgen

Nick Name


Mary Steenburgen as seen in December 2000
Mary Steenburgen as seen in December 2000 (Jared Purdy / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Newport, Arkansas, United States


Mary divides her time between Los Angeles (California) and Chilmark (Massachusetts), United States.




Steenburgen attended Hendrix College to study drama before she was selected in Neighborhood Playhouse.


Actress, Singer


  • Father – Maurice Hoffman Steenburgen (Freight-train conductor at Missouri Pacific Railroad)
  • Mother – Nellie Mae (née Wall) (School-board Secretary)
  • Siblings – Nancy (Steenburgen) Kelly (Sister) (Teacher)
  • Others – William Sidney Steenburgen (Paternal Grandfather), Aimee Pauline Davis (Paternal Grandmother), Thomas Wade Wall (Maternal Grandfather), Erma Phillips (Maternal Grandmother)


Mary is represented by –

  • United Talent Agency
  • Agency for the Performing Arts






  • Universal Music
  • Neon Cross Music




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


58 kg or 128 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Mary Steenburgen has dated –

  1. Malcolm McDowell (1978-1990) – Mary Steenburgen and the English actor Malcolm McDowell began dating in 1978. They both met on the sets of the 1979 film, Time After Time and got married in 1980. The couple has 2 children together named Lilly Amanda McDowell (b.January 22, 1981) and Charles Malcolm McDowell (b.July 10, 1983). Malcolm and Mary filed for divorce in 1989 and got divorced in 1990.
  2. Ted Danson (1994-Present) – Mary and the actor Ted Danson met in 1993 while filming for the 1994 adventure film Pontiac Moon and began dating in 1994. In 1995, the couple tied the knot and Mary became a stepmother to Ted’s daughters Kate Danson and Alexis Danson.
Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson as seen in December 2009
Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson as seen in December 2009 (Angela George / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race / Ethnicity


Mary has English, Scottish, Welsh, and distant Dutch ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Sculpted Nose
  • High Pitched voice
  • Southern accent
Mary Steenburgen during a campaign in October 2007
Mary Steenburgen during a campaign in October 2007 (TwinsofSedona / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Brand Endorsements

She gave her voice in a TV commercial for Hormel Pepperoni in 2012.

Best Known For

Playing Lynda Dummar in 1980 film Melvin and Howard and Diana Boyle in the 2013 film Last Vegas

As a Singer

Mary started her musical journey in 2007. She composed numerous songs and signed up with Universal Music as a songwriter. She teamed up with the artists from Nashville. Mary has released songs like Man In The Moon (2016), I Only Have Eyes For You (2013), and You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (2013).

First Film

Steenburgen made her theatrical film debut in the 1978 comedy, western, drama film Goin’ South as Julia Tate.

First TV Show

She made her first TV show appearance on The Alan Hamel Show in 1980.

Mary Steenburgen at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009
Mary Steenburgen at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009 (Angela George / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Mary Steenburgen Facts

  1. She moved to Dallas to give audition for New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse in 1971.
  2. Mary has been involved with human rights and environmental groups.
  3. She served as a waitress at The Magic Pan and for Doubleday during her struggling days.
  4. Mary was discovered by Jack Nicholson at Paramount New York office’s reception room and Jack cast Mary as a lead in his 2nd direction which was the 1978 film Goin’ South.
  5. Her critically acclaimed performance was as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the 1983 film Cross Creek.
  6. In September 2005, Ted and Mary gave a guest lecture to the students of Clinton School of Public Service.
  7. Mary’s cameo role was as Jeannie in the 2015 film A Walk in the Woods.
  8. She was awarded an honorary “Doctor of Humane Letters” degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas in 2006.
  9. In 2007, she became interested in music. She started writing songs and wrote about 40 songs.
  10. In April 2007, she underwent minor arm surgery.

Featured Image by TwinsofSedona / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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