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Also Known As: Frances Hussey Sternhagen Died:
Born: January 13, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, teacher

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A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly disapproving characters as well as warmly maternal women. Sternhagen's credits include the classic "The Hospital" (1971), "Two People" (1973) and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" (1978). She won attention for her portrayal as Burt Reynolds' relative under whose auspices he meets his new love in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over" (1979) and nearly stole the sci-fi thriller "Outland" (1981), providing comic relief and support to marshal Sean Connery. Sternhagen portrayed a prissy co-worker of Michael J. Fox in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Farrah Fawcett's mother in Pakula's "See You in the Morning" (1989), Richard Farnsworth's wife in "Misery" (1990) and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in "Raising Cain" (1992).

A respected stage-trained supporting and leading player, Sternhagen made her film debut in "Up the Down Staircase" (1967). She subsequently appeared in a wide range of supporting roles, usually as either prim, slightly disapproving characters as well as warmly maternal women. Sternhagen's credits include the classic "The Hospital" (1971), "Two People" (1973) and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" (1978). She won attention for her portrayal as Burt Reynolds' relative under whose auspices he meets his new love in Alan J. Pakula's "Starting Over" (1979) and nearly stole the sci-fi thriller "Outland" (1981), providing comic relief and support to marshal Sean Connery. Sternhagen portrayed a prissy co-worker of Michael J. Fox in "Bright Lights, Big City" (1988), Farrah Fawcett's mother in Pakula's "See You in the Morning" (1989), Richard Farnsworth's wife in "Misery" (1990) and John Lithgow's psychiatrist in "Raising Cain" (1992).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 And So It Goes (2014)
2.
 Dolphin Tale (2011)
3.
 Julie & Julia (2009)
4.
5.
 Mist, The (2007)
6.
 Laramie Project, The (2002) Marge Murray
7.
 Rising Place, The (2002) Ruth--Virginia'S Mother
8.
 Con, The (1998) Hadabelle
9.
 To Live Again (1998) Constance Holmes
10.
 Curtain Call (1998)
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Worked as drama teacher at the Milton Academy, Massachusetts
1948:
Stage debut at a Bryn Mawr summer theater in "The Glass Menagerie" and "Angel Street"
1953:
Acted with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
1955:
Off-Broadway debut, "Thieves' Carnival"
1955:
Broadway debut, "The Skin of Our Teeth"
1955:
TV debut, "The Great Bank Robbery" on "Omnibus" (CBS)
1967:
Played Toni Prentiss Davis on CBS daytime drama "Love of Life"
1967:
Film debut, "Up the Down Staircase"
1974:
Earned critical praise and a Tony Award for her performance in Neil Simon's short-lived "The Good Doctor"
1985:
Co-starred in NBC sitcom "Under One Roof", a revamped version of "Spencer"
1985:
London stage debut, "The Way at Home"
1986:
Played recurring role of Esther Clavin, mother of Cliff (John Ratzenberger) on NBC comedy "Cheers"
1991:
Starred opposite Keith Szarabajka in short-lived CBS drama "Stephen King's Golden Years"
1994:
Played Karen Allen's mother on short-lived CBS family drama "The Road Home"
1995:
Garnered second Tony Award as Aunt Lavinia in the revival of "The Heiress"
1997:
Had recurring role of Millicent Carter on the NBC drama "ER"
1999:
Returned to the NYC stage in "The Exact Center of the Universe"
2000:
Cast as Bunny MacDougal, mother of Trey, Charlotte's first husband on "Sex and the City" (HBO)
2005:
Starred on Broadway in the revival of Edward Albee's "Seascape"
2006:
Played Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick)'s disapproving Southern mother in the TNT series, "The Closer"
2007:
Co-starred in Frank Darabont's thriller "The Mist"
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Education

Neighborhood Playhouse: New York , New York -
Perry Mansfield School of the Theatre: -
Vassar College: Poughkeepsie , New York - 1951
Catholic University of America: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1952

Notes

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000

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husband:
Thomas A Carlin. Actor. Born c. 1929; died in 1991; married February 13, 1956.

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father:
John M Sternhagen. US tax court judge.
mother:
Gertrude Sternhagen.
son:
Paul Carlin. Actor. Appeared on stage with mother in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in 1998; father, Thomas Carlin.
daughter:
Amanda Carlin. Father, Thomas Carlin.
son:
Tony Carlin. Father, Thomas Carlin.
son:
Peter Carlin. Father, Thomas Carlin.
son:
John Carlin. Father, Thomas Carlin.
daughter:
Sarah Morse. Father, Thomas Carlin.
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