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Marsha Mason is a Actor American born on 3 april 1942 at St. Louis (USA)

Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason
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Nationality USA
Birth 3 april 1942 (82 years) at St. Louis (USA)
Awards Emmy Award

Marsha Mason (born April 3, 1942) is an American actress and director. She is a four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner.
Mason's first film role was in Hot Rod Hullabaloo in 1966. She received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979) and Only When I Laugh (1981). Her other films include, Blume in Love (1973), The Cheap Detective (1978), Max Dugan Returns (1983) Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Stella (1990) and Drop Dead Fred (1991). On television, she appeared in the soap opera Love of Life (1971-1972) and received an Emmy nomination for her recurring role in the sitcom Frasier (1997-1998).

She has also had an extensive career on stage, making her Broadway debut as a replacement in the comedy Cactus Flower in 1968. Other Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana (1996), Impressionism (2005) and Steel Magnolias (2009). In 1999, she starred in a revival of The Prisoner of Second Avenue in London, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album for the 2000 recording. In 2006, she starred in the American premier production of Hecuba at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

She was married for ten years (1973-1983) to the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, who was the writer of three of her Oscar nominated roles.


Mason was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to James Joseph Mason, a printer, and his wife Jacqueline. She and her younger sister, Linda (b. 1943), were raised Catholic and grew up in Crestwood. Mason is a graduate of Nerinx Hall High School and Webster University, both in Webster Groves. She raced a Mazda RX-3 in SCCA events.

A resident of New Mexico, she had a farm in Abiquiu that grows certified organic herbs. In the late 1990s, Mason sold herbs wholesale to companies both locally and regionally before starting a line of wellness and bath and body products called "Resting in the River".

Mason is a staunch Democrat who has donated over $4,000 to Democratic candidates.

Best films

The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Only When I Laugh (1981)

Usually with

Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(5 films)
Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(2 films)
Timothy Daly
Timothy Daly
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Marsha Mason (23 films)

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Bride & Prejudice, 1h51
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Anupam Kher, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar, Sonali Kulkarni
Roles Catherine Darcy
Rating62% 3.1018453.1018453.1018453.1018453.101845
The plot is based on Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Some character names remain the same, while others are changed slightly, using localized names with similar pronunciation (such as Lalita for Elizabeth).
Bereft (2004)

Directed by Timothy Daly, Clark Mathis
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Actors Vinessa Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, Timothy Daly, Amy Van Nostrand, Edward Herrmann, Sam Daly
Roles Helen
Rating59% 2.951982.951982.951982.951982.95198
A woman has a hard time embracing reality after a personal tragedy. Molly (Vinessa Shaw) is a young widow having a hard time putting her life back together after her husband's death. Molly obsesses over the leftover artifacts of his life, and she believes that his spirit walks the house they used to share, though her attempts to photograph the ghost are a failure. Molly supports herself by working at a photo shop, where the manager (Amy Van Nostrand) is convinced Molly needs to remarry, and isn't shy about dropping hints. But Molly seems to have built an emotional wall around herself until she meets an uncouth neighbor (Tim Blake Nelson) who lives in the neighborhood with his uncle. While she doesn't think much of him at first, Molly in time makes friends with the man, and under his spell, she develops a daring and impulsive streak.
The Long Shot, 1h30
Directed by Georg Stanford Brown
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Horse sports in film
Actors Julie Benz, Marsha Mason, Paul Le Mat, Gage Golightly, Christopher Cousins, Robert Pine
Roles Mary Lou O'Brian
Rating65% 3.25463.25463.25463.25463.2546
Annie Garrett (Julie Benz) is a young woman who moves with her slacker husband Ross and their seven-year-old daughter Taylor (Gage Golightly) from Colorado to a ranch in northern California. After he fails to land a job as promised, Ross abandons Annie and Taylor. With nowhere to turn, and their horse to look after, Annie gets a job as a ranch hand and stable person at a stud farm owned by Mary Lou O'Brien (Marsha Mason), a stern woman who is dealing with her own past. Inspired by Mary Lou's encouragement, Annie decides to enter in to a dressage competition with her horse she trained herself, Tolo. Unfortunately, Tolo becomes blind and Annie is injured. When she recovers she goes to compete on one of Mary Lou's horses, California Red, but due to an unexpected visit, the horse is unable to compete. In order to compete, she has to believe in herself and have faith in Tolo to win.
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, 2h19
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Judy Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey, Alison Pill
Roles Ethel Gumm
Rating80% 4.0152154.0152154.0152154.0152154.015215
Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from backstage. Ethel is unhappy with her marriage because of her husband's homosexuality. To help herself cope, she moves the family to Hollywood with the hope that her daughters will break into the movie business.
2 Days in the Valley, 1h45
Directed by John Herzfeld
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Actors Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Glenne Headly, Peter Horton, Marsha Mason
Roles Audrey Hopper
Rating64% 3.24823.24823.24823.24823.2482
Two hitmen, Lee Woods (James Spader) and Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), walk into a bedroom where a sleeping couple, aspiring Olympic athlete Becky Foxx and her loser ex-husband Roy Foxx, are in bed. Lee injects Becky (Teri Hatcher) with a tranquilizer then shoots Roy in the head. Lee and Dosmo then drive to an abandoned area of Mulholland Drive, where Lee shoots Dosmo and blows up the car in order to set Dosmo up as the fall guy for the murder. Lee flees the scene with his glamorous Norwegian girlfriend Helga (Charlize Theron).
Nick of Time, 1h30
Directed by John Badham
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Political films
Actors Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Yul Vazquez, Charles Dutton, Edith Diaz, Roma Maffia
Roles Gov. Eleanor Grant
Rating62% 3.149213.149213.149213.149213.14921
The film opens with Gene Watson (Johnny Depp), a mild-mannered, widowed accountant arriving with his daughter Lynn at the Union Station in Los Angeles. As Watson makes a pay phone call informing an unidentified person that his train was late, two mysterious strangers in suits, known only as Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia), survey the station from a catwalk, discussing a yet-to-be-elaborated scheme. Noticing Watson retaliate against a skater who was harassing his daughter, Smith and Jones set their sights on him and swiftly approach the pair. Showing a badge, the two strangers convince Watson that they are police officers and whisk both father and daughter into a van without justification. Once in the vehicle, Watson begins to notice things are not right and gets nervous, but Smith subsequently pistol whips him in the leg to get his attention. Smith then informs Watson that they will kill his daughter by 1:30 p.m. unless he murders a woman depicted in a photograph. He soon learns that the woman is State Governor Eleanor Grant and realizes that killing her would be a suicide mission.
I Love Trouble, 2h3
Directed by Charles Shyer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Julia Roberts, Nick Nolte, Saul Rubinek, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, Dan Butler
Roles Senator Gayle Robbins
Rating53% 2.6521252.6521252.6521252.6521252.652125
Peter Brackett, le journaliste vedette du Chicago Chronicle, use de son prestige pour séduire les jeunes femmes et vendre son premier roman, Légers mensonges. Le déraillement d'un train, d'apparence banal, lui donne l'occasion de mener une petite enquête comme il les aime. À un premier imprévu — l'irruption d'une belle concurrente longiligne, Sabrina Peterson, du Globe — s'en ajoute bientôt un autre, beaucoup plus inquiétant. La catastrophe ferroviaire cache une sombre affaire, fertile en meurtres et en tentatives de corruption, qu'un sigle mystérieux, « L.D.F. », ne permet guère d'expliquer. Tout en se querellant, Sabrina et Brackett remontent la filière jusqu'à une grande entreprise chimique, connue pour sa fabrication de napalm pendant la guerre du Viêt Nam.
Drop Dead Fred, 1h41
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Actors Phoebe Cates, Marsha Mason, Rik Mayall, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher, Ron Eldard
Roles Polly
Rating58% 2.949862.949862.949862.949862.94986
Lizzie Cronin is an unassertive and repressed woman, domineered by her controlling mother, Polly. While taking her lunch break from work, she calls her husband, Charles, whom she is separated from, hoping to sort out their problems. He reasserts his desire for a divorce and says that he is in love with another woman named Annabella. While she is at the public phone, first her purse is stolen, then her car. Forced to walk back to work, she arrives late and loses her job. Polly then appears, again takes control, and brings her back to the house she grew up in.
Stella (1990)
, 1h49
Directed by John Erman, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan
Roles Janice Morrison
Rating60% 3.048223.048223.048223.048223.04822
Stella (Bette Midler) is a feisty woman working in a bar when she meets and falls for the suave charms of the young Dr. Steve Dallas (Stephen Collins). Although from opposite ends of the social spectrum, they start an affair resulting in Stella becoming pregnant. After he proposes half-heartedly, she rejects him and embarks upon raising their child Jenny as a single mother but is always helped and encouraged by her stalwart friend, a local good natured barfly, Ed Munn (John Goodman). Stella is fiercely independent and proud and is determined to do well by this child and take on whatever jobs she must to raise her daughter properly. When Jenny is 4 years old, her father suddenly reappears on the scene and is determined to get to know his daughter. At first reluctant to allow this, Stella is persuaded to allow contact, and a happy bond develops between the father and daughter. As Jenny (Trini Alvarado) grows up, she becomes torn between her fathers rich and well-connected background, and her loyalty and love for her mother who is poor and vulgar but devoted to her daughter. She also despises the perceived relationship she sees developing between Stella and Ed Munn who is now a broken alcoholic. Jenny eventually meets and falls for a boy from her fathers 'world' and Stella realizes that now, the disparities in her own and Jennys father's backgrounds might jeopardize her daughters future happiness. So she makes a heart rending decision towards the end of the film to ensure that this is not going to happen.
The Image
The Image (1990)

Directed by Peter Werner
Genres Drama
Actors Wendie Jo Sperber, Albert Finney, John Mahoney, Kathy Baker, Marsha Mason, Swoosie Kurtz
Roles Jean Cromwell
Rating55% 2.7588352.7588352.7588352.7588352.758835
Jason Cromwell (Finney) is a leading TV newsman whose investigation of a bank scandal drives a wrongly accused executive to suicide and forces him to make important decisions about his life and career.
Heartbreak Ridge, 2h5
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Mario Van Peebles, Moses Gunn, Eileen Heckart
Roles Aggie
Rating68% 3.4005153.4005153.4005153.4005153.400515
Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is nearing mandatory retirement from the Marine Corps when he finagles a transfer back to his old unit. On the bus trip to his new assignment, he meets fellow passenger "Stitch" Jones (Mario Van Peebles), a flashy wannabe rock musician who borrows money for a meal at a rest stop and then steals Highway's bus ticket, leaving him stranded.
Surviving (1985)
, 1h58
Directed by Waris Hussein
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Zach Galligan, Molly Ringwald, Ellen Burstyn, Len Cariou, Marsha Mason, Paul Sorvino
Roles Lois
Rating73% 3.687643.687643.687643.687643.68764
Rick (Zach Galligan) is the apple of his father's eye; smart, handsome, and idolized by his younger siblings (River Phoenix and Heather O'Rourke). By stark contrast, Lonnie (Molly Ringwald) is a troubled and withdrawn girl, struggling to put the painful memory of a failed suicide attempt behind her. Both teenagers are dealing with loneliness and family pressures when they begin to find solace in each other, and a young romance develops. As Rick and Lonnie's bond begins to grow stronger, and they become increasingly withdrawn from their friends and families, their protective parents begin to worry that the young lovers are becoming too involved and grow increasingly uncomfortable with the teenagers' relationship. Finally, when Rick's parents (Ellen Burstyn and Len Cariou) decide that Lonnie is a bad influence on their son, and Lonnie's parents (Marsha Mason and Paul Sorvino) decide that boarding school would be the best place for their troubled daughter, Rick and Lonnie, desperate not to be separated, make a tragic decision to take their own lives. In the wake of the young lovers' fatal suicide pact, the two devastated families are left to try and pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and must somehow find a way to go on.
Max Dugan Returns, 1h38
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Jason Robards, Marsha Mason, Matthew Broderick, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Mari Gorman
Roles Nora McPhae
Rating66% 3.3476653.3476653.3476653.3476653.347665
Max Dugan (Jason Robards), the long-lost father of Nora McPhee (Marsha Mason), drops in on her as various trials and tribulations have befallen her. With him, he brings some promises and the news of his impending death. He also meets and befriends his grandson Michael (Matthew Broderick). Donald Sutherland plays the police officer who helps Nora after her car is stolen and becomes her boyfriend in the process.
Only When I Laugh, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about television, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Marsha Mason, Kristy McNichol, James Coco, Joan Hackett, David Dukes, John Bennett Perry
Roles Georgia
Rating63% 3.1967353.1967353.1967353.1967353.196735
Actress Georgia Hines is being released from a rehab center where she has been undergoing treatment for alcoholism and weight gain. She returns to her Manhattan apartment to begin a new sober life with her supportive friends: Jimmy, an unemployed actor, and Toby, a sophisticated, vain socialite. She pledges to both that she will maintain her sobriety and slowly ease back into theatre work.