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Melinda Dillon is a Actor American born on 13 october 1939 at Hope (USA)

Melinda Dillon

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Birth name Melinda Rose Dillon
Nationality USA
Birth 13 october 1939 at Hope (USA)
Death 9 january 2023 (at 83 years)

Melinda Rose Dillon (born October 13, 1939) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Jillian Guiler in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the mother of Ralphie Parker in A Christmas Story.


Melinda Dillon has remained a private person, and information about her personal life is largely unknown. She was married to character actor Richard Libertini from 30 September 1963 to 18 January 1978 and had one child with him, Richard Libertini Jr.

Best films

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Prince of Tides (1991)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Magnolia (1999)
Absence of Malice (1981)
Songwriter (1984)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Melinda Dillon (30 films)

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 1h41
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Adventure, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Disaster films
Actors Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, William Petersen, Derek Luke
Roles Rose
Rating66% 3.34883.34883.34883.34883.3488
A news report is broadcast informing the world that a mission to stop an incoming asteroid from destroying life on earth has failed and that it will make impact in three weeks time. Dodge Petersen (Steve Carell) and his wife Linda (Nancy Carell) listen to the broadcast from the side of the road. After Dodge has an uninterested response, Linda looks at him in abject disgust and flees the vehicle without saying a word.
Reign Over Me, 2h4
Directed by Mike Binder
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Buddy films, Disaster films, Films about hijackings
Actors Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland
Roles Ginger Timpleman
Rating73% 3.6988153.6988153.6988153.6988153.698815
When the Twin Towers went down in 2001, Charlie Fineman (Sandler) lost everything important in his life. Five years have passed since Charlie's wife and daughters died, and now the once-successful and sociable man has become a withdrawn shadow of his former self.
Adam & Steve, 1h39
Directed by Craig Chester
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Malcolm Gets, Craig Chester, Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Kristen Schaal, Marshall Bell
Roles Dottie
Rating57% 2.8997952.8997952.8997952.8997952.899795
In 1987, Adam (Craig Chester), a shy, cynical Jewish kid, encounters Steve (Malcolm Gets), an attractive Dazzle Dancer performing at Danceteria one night. The two flirt and go back to Adam's apartment to have sex, with Steve offering Adam the latter's first hit of cocaine. Unbeknownst to Steve, the cocaine is cut with baby laxative, resulting in Steve losing control of his bowels and explosively defecating all over Adam's apartment. Humiliated, Steve flees.
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up (2002)
, 1h45
Directed by Xavier Koller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Daryl Hannah, Melinda Dillon, Molly Ringwald, Karina Logue
Roles Rose Braxton
Rating56% 2.808462.808462.808462.808462.80846
Rising rodeo star Ely Braxton (Marcus Thomas) is recovering from injuries that almost took his life. Against the wishes of his mother Rose Braxton (Melinda Dillon) and girlfriend Connie (Molly Ringwald), Ely starts riding bulls again to achieve his dream of becoming a champion bull rider like his estranged father, Reid Braxton (Pete Postlethwaite). Ely's older brother, Hank (Kiefer Sutherland), is a champion bullfighter and stock contractor, and the two use each other to better their rodeo skills and work together at their family ranch in Santa Maria, California. As Ely's rodeo career becomes highly successful, he starts a relationship with Celia Jones (Daryl Hannah), who is a barrel racer and Hank's love interest. Hank is consumed with anger and jealousy at Ely's betrayal and the brothers become estranged.
Magnolia (1999)
, 3h1
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about cancer, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Tom Cruise, Jeremy Blackman, Melinda Dillon, April Grace, Luis Guzmán, Philip Baker Hall
Roles Rose Gator
Rating79% 3.99863.99863.99863.99863.9986
The narrator recounts three instances of incredible coincidences and suggests that forces greater than chance play important roles in life.
How to Make an American Quilt, 1h56
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Nelligan, Alfre Woodard, Maya Angelou
Roles Mrs. Darling
Rating63% 3.1504753.1504753.1504753.1504753.150475
Finn, étudiante fraîchement diplômée, se prépare à se marier avec Sam, son fiancé, mais elle a peur de perdre sa liberté. Chaque semaine, la tante de Finn, sa sœur et leurs amies se retrouvent pour coudre des courtepointes à thème, et parlent de leurs mariages et de leurs espoirs.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, 1h48
Directed by Beeban Kidron
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard
Roles Merna
Rating67% 3.3538353.3538353.3538353.3538353.353835
After tying for the win in New York's "Drag Queen of the Year" contest, Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) and Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) win a trip to Hollywood to take part in the even bigger, "Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant." Before they depart, Vida persuades Noxeema to take along the inexperienced "drag princess" Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) as their protégé (the duo initially refer to Chi-Chi simply as a "boy in a dress" rather than as a fully-fledged drag queen). To do this, they trade in their airplane tickets for cash and buy a stylish but old Cadillac convertible with money given to them by John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (Robin Williams). The three of them set off for Los Angeles by car, carrying with them an iconic photo of Julie Newmar (signed, "To Wong Foo, thanks for everything! Julie Newmar") that Vida purloined from a restaurant wall.
Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge, 3h8
Directed by Bobby Roth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kathleen York, Bruce Greenwood, Travis Fine, Megan Ward, Melinda Dillon, Ashley Judd
Roles Polly Judd
Rating68% 3.437453.437453.437453.437453.43745
Kathleen York stars as Naomi Judd (then known as Diana Judd) a single mother of two daughters, who turned to music as way to help positively influence her increasingly belligerent and rebellious eldest daughter Wynonna, (then known as Christina). The movie chronicles Naomi's struggle to provide for her daughters (the youngest of whom grew up to become actress Ashley Judd, who narrates the film), the singing duo's rise from Nashville fame to national celebrity, the ups and downs that accompanied a working family relationship, and Naomi's eventual retirement from the music business. The movie was based on Naomi's autobiography Love Can Build A Bridge.
Sioux City
Sioux City (1994)
, 1h42
Directed by Lou Diamond Phillips
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Bill Allen, Melinda Dillon, Tantoo Cardinal, Gary Farmer
Roles Leah Goldman
Rating58% 2.903072.903072.903072.903072.90307
A young Lakota Sioux (Lou Diamond Phillips) is adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple. When he ages he gets in touch with his cultural roots.
The Prince of Tides, 2h12
Directed by Barbra Streisand
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Rape in fiction, Films about psychiatry
Actors Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabbé, Melinda Dillon
Roles Savannah Wingo
Rating67% 3.398383.398383.398383.398383.39838
Tom Wingo (Nick Nolte), a teacher and football coach from South Carolina, is asked by his mother, Lila, to travel to New York to help his twin sister's psychiatrist, Susan Lowenstein (Barbra Streisand), after his sister Savannah's (Melinda Dillon) latest suicide attempt. Tom hates New York and reluctantly accepts, but largely to take the opportunity to be alone and away from a life that does not satisfy him. During his initial meetings with Lowenstein, Tom is reluctant to disclose many details of their dysfunctional family's secrets. In flashbacks, Tom relates incidents from his childhood to Lowenstein in hopes of discovering how to save Savannah's life. The Wingo parents were an abusive father and an overly proud, status-hungry mother. The father was a shrimp boat operator and, despite being successful at that profession, spent all of his money on frivolous business pursuits, leaving the family in poverty.
Captain America, 1h37
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Scott Paulin, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri
Roles Mrs. Rogers
Rating32% 1.617561.617561.617561.617561.61756
In 1936 Fascist Italy, the government kidnaps a boy, Tadzio de Santis (Massimilio Massimi), and kills his family. The child is needed for an experimental project to create a Fascist supersoldier. Dr. Maria Vaselli (Carla Cassola) objects to using Tadzio, and, under the cover of gunfire, flees to the United States to offer her services to the Americans.
Spontaneous Combustion, 1h37
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Actors Brad Dourif, Jon Cypher, William Prince, André de Toth, John Landis, Melinda Dillon
Roles Nina
Rating48% 2.403742.403742.403742.403742.40374
Brad Dourif plays the role of Sam, who learns that his parents were part of an atomic bomb experiment. As an adult, Sam discovers he has the power of pyrokinesis. He is able to control fire and electricity but with terrible consequences to his body afterwards. The cast also includes actors Melinda Dillon and Cynthia Bain.