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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 28, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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A fresh-faced blonde ingenue, Mary Stuart Masterson made her screen debut at age eight playing the daughter of her real-life father, Peter Masterson, in "The Stepford Wives" (1975). Following her less than auspicious debut (her biggest line was "Daddy, I just saw a man carrying a naked lady"), she effectively stopped working to concentrate on her education, squeezing in only an occasional TV appearance (a 1986 Robert Zemeckis-directed segment of "Amazing Stories" and in the 1980 ABC movie "City of Fear"). By age 18, Masterson had decided to follow in her parents' stead and resumed her career, playing a cancer sufferer who beats the disease only to develop a drug habit and give birth to a drug-addicted baby in the soap opera-ish "Love Lives On" (ABC, 1985).

A fresh-faced blonde ingenue, Mary Stuart Masterson made her screen debut at age eight playing the daughter of her real-life father, Peter Masterson, in "The Stepford Wives" (1975). Following her less than auspicious debut (her biggest line was "Daddy, I just saw a man carrying a naked lady"), she effectively stopped working to concentrate on her education, squeezing in only an occasional TV appearance (a 1986 Robert Zemeckis-directed segment of "Amazing Stories" and in the 1980 ABC movie "City of Fear"). By age 18, Masterson had decided to follow in her parents' stead and resumed her career, playing a cancer sufferer who beats the disease only to develop a drug habit and give birth to a drug-addicted baby in the soap opera-ish "Love Lives On" (ABC, 1985).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Cake Eaters (2007)
2.
  On the Edge (2001) Director ("The Other Side")

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Insurgents, The (2007)
2.
 Whiskey School (2007)
3.
 Sisters, The (2005)
4.
 Something the Lord Made (2004) Dr. Helen Taussig
5.
 Three Blind Mice (2001) Patricia Demming
6.
 Florentine, The (1999) Vikki
7.
 Book of Stars, The (1999) Penny
8.
 Black and Blue (1999) Fran Benedetto
9.
 Digging to China (1997) Gwen Frankovitz
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1975:
First film appearance, "The Stepford Wives"; played father Peter Masterson's on-screen daughter
1980:
Made TV-movie debut in "City of Fear" (ABC); father contributed story and was executive producer
1981:
Was understudy to Kate Burton for title role in the Broadway production of "Alice in Wonderland"
1985:
Starred in the ABC TV-movie, "Love Lives On," as a cancer victim who develops a drug habit
1985:
Played the daughter of a candy store owner who catches the eye of a Catholic school student in "Heaven Help Us"
1986:
Cast as Sean Penn's love interest in "At Close Range"
1987:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway play, "The Lucky Spot"
1987:
Starred as the tomboyish drumming Watts in the John Hughes film, "Some Kind of Wonderful"
1987:
Portrayed the college sweetheart of a Vietnam-era soldier in "Gardens of Stone"; her real-life parents played her on-screen parents
1989:
Delivered a strong performance as a pregnant young woman who agrees to allow an older couple to adopt her baby in "Immediate Family"
1991:
Offered fine turn as the mannish Idgie Threadgoode in "Fried Green Tomatoes"
1993:
Portrayed a mentally disturbed young woman who finds love with an eccentric in "Benny & Joon"
1994:
Cast as one of a quartet of working girls who travel the Old West in the revisionist "Bad Girls"
1996:
Starred as a career woman, opposite Christian Slater, in the romance "Bed of Roses"
1996:
Had title role of "Lily Dale" in the Showtime movie adapatation of Horton Foote's play; directed by father
1997:
Portrayed the mother of a precocious young girl in Timothy Hutton's directorial debut, "Digging to China"
1999:
Starred in the CBS TV-movie, "Black & Blue"
2001:
Starred in the short-lived CBS drama series, "Kate Brasher"; also served as a producer
2001:
Made directorial debut with the short film, "The Other Side"; aired as part of a trilogy on Showtime's "Directed By" series; also scripted
2001:
Portrayed a former poet reduced to working as a prostitute in the drama, "The Book of Stars"
2003:
Starred in the Broadway revival of "Nine"; nominated for a Tony Award as Featured Actress in a Musical
2004:
Cast opposite Alan Rickman and Mos Def in the HBO original movie, "Something the Lord Made"
2004:
Had a recurring role as the in-house shrink on NBC's "Law & Order SVU"
2005:
Co-starred with Maria Bello and Erika Christensen in "The Sisters," inspired by Anton Chekhov's play "Three Sisters"
2007:
Made feature directorial debut with "The Cake Eaters"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
Dalton School: New York , New York -
Sundance Institute: Park City , Utah -

Notes

On being perceived as a gay icon after her role in "Fried Green Tomatoes", Mary Stuart Masterson told Us Weekly (April 16, 2001): "I've experienced it a bit when people have been, um, very complimentary, and I think it's awesome -- there aren't enough gay icons, so I'm happy to be one. For a while, though, I thought, 'Does everybody think I'm gay?' One time ["Fried Green Tomatoes" co-star] Mary-Louise Parker and I went to a club, and we were dancing together, and we were like, 'Well, let them think that -- that'd be funny.'"

"... I haven't made a lot of studio films ... I'm happy -- there isn't a lot of room for in features for character-driven stories. And as for independent films, I've made five or six in the past few years and ONE was released -- FOR A WEEK. I'd rather do plays and TV, if you want to talk stability." --Masterson quoted in Time Out New York, February 22-March 1, 2001.

"Mary Stuart wants to save the world, and I think she just might. She has the tenacity and the talent to do whatever she chooses." --"Some Kind of Wonderful" co-star Eric Stoltz to New York, March 2, 1987.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
George Carl Francisco IV. Born on November 3, 1963; met in Texas when they were both teenagers; married on May 25, 1990 in Texas; separated in September 1992; since divorced.
husband:
Damon Santostefano. Director, producer. Married c. 2000.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Masterson. Screenwriter, director, actor. Have worked together on several occasions.
mother:
Carlin Glynn. Actor, singer. Have worked together on several occasions.
sister:
Carlin Alexandra Masterson. Older.
brother:
Peter Carlos Masterson. Younger.
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