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Born: February 8, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newport, Arkansas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born and raised in Arkansas
1972:
Moved to NYC and sold books at Doubleday's while attending the first-year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse
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Invited to return for the second year program; eliminated her thick Southern accent
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Co-founded (with four other Playhouse graduates) and acted with Cracked Tokens, an improvisational comedy troupe
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Performed with Cracked Tokens for the NYC Bureau of Alcoholism
1978:
Made film debut in Jack Nicholson's western, "Goin' South"
1979:
First leading role in a feature, "Time After Time" playing a modern woman who falls in love with author H.G. Wells (played by husband-to-be Malcolm McDowell)
1980:
Won an Academy Award for her performance in Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard" as the wife of a man who claims to have befriended reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes
1982:
Featured in Woody Allen's "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"
1985:
TV debut, playing the lead in the Showtime adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night"
1987:
Made London stage debut in Lindsay Anderson's "Holiday"
1988:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her role in the CBS movie "The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank"
1988:
Executive producing debut, "End of the Line"; also co-starred
1989:
Played Steve Martin's wife in the Ron Howard directed "Parenthood"
1990:
Played Clara Clayton, Doc's love interest, in Robert Zemeckis' "Back to the Future Part III"
1991:
Provided the voice of Clara Clayton for the CBS Saturday morning cartoon "Back to the Future: The Animated Series"
1993:
Made Broadway stage debut in the title role of "Candida"
1993:
Played an adulterous wife, having an affair with Johnny Depp in Lasse Hallström's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"
1994:
Made Los Angeles stage debut in "Marvin's Room"
1995:
Portrayed the mother of Richard Nixon in the Oliver Stone biopic "Nixon"
1996:
Played the wife of the title character, opposite husband Ted Danson in the NBC miniseries, "Gulliver's Travels"
1996:
Cast opposite real-life husband Ted Danson in the CBS sitcom "Ink"
2000:
Returned to the NYC stage in "The Beginning of August"
2000:
Appeared several times opposite real life husband, Ted Danson on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO)
2001:
Featured in the drama, "Life as a House" starring Kevin Kline
2002:
Joined the ensemble cast of "Sunshine State" written and directed by John Sayles
2003:
Played the wife of James Caan in the Jon Favreau comedy "Elf"
2003:
Cast as the title character's mother in the CBS drama "Joan of Arcadia"
2006:
Played the title role in Randall Miller's "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School"
2007:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster in the crime drama, "The Brave One"
2008:
Cast as Will Ferrell's mother in the comedy "Step Brothers"
2009:
Played Ryan Reynolds' mother in the comedy "The Proposal"

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