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Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
(born June 28, 1966) is an American actress and director. She has starred in the films At Close Range
At Close Range
(1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Chances Are (1989), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Benny & Joon (1993). She won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1989 film Immediate Family, and was nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine.


1 Early life 2 Early career 3 1990s 4 2000s 5 Directing 6 Personal life 7 Filmography

7.1 Film 7.2 As director 7.3 Television

8 Awards and nominations 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Masterson was born in Manhattan, the daughter of writer-director-actor-producer Peter Masterson and singer-actress Carlin Glynn. She has two siblings: Peter Jr., and Alexandra. As a teen, she attended Stagedoor Manor
Stagedoor Manor
Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York with actors Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
and Jon Cryer. Later, she attended schools in New York, including eight months studying anthropology at New York University.[1] Early career[edit] Masterson's first film appearance was in The Stepford Wives (1975) at the age of eight, playing a daughter to her real-life father. Rather than continue her career as a child actor, she chose to continue her studies, although she did appear in several productions at the Dalton School. In 1985, she returned to cinema in Heaven Help Us as Danni, a courageous teen running the soda shop of her gravely depressed Dad. She appeared with Sean Penn
Sean Penn
and Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
in the film At Close Range (1986) as Brad Jr's girlfriend Terry, a film based on an actual rural Pennsylvania crime family led by Bruce Johnston, Sr. during the 1960s and 1970s. She later starred as the tomboyish drumming Watts in the teenage drama Some Kind of Wonderful (1987). As a result, she is loosely connected with the Brat Pack.[2] The same year Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
cast her in Gardens of Stone
Gardens of Stone
in which she acted with her parents, hired by Coppola to play her on-screen parents.[3] In 1989, she played in Chances Are alongside Cybill Shepherd, Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
and Robert Downey Jr., and she starred as Lucy Moore, a teenage girl giving up her first baby to a wealthy couple, played by Glenn Close
Glenn Close
and James Woods
James Woods
in Immediate Family. For her work in that film she received a "Best Supporting Actress" award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 1990s[edit] Masterson continued acting in both films and television during the 1990s. In 1991, she starred in Fried Green Tomatoes, a film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The film was well-received, with film critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
applauding Masterson's work.[4] The following year she was invited to host Saturday Night Live. In 1993, she played opposite Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
in Benny & Joon as Joon, his mentally ill love interest. In 1994, she acted in Bad Girls, playing Anita Crown, a former prostitute, who joins with three other former prostitutes (played by Madeleine Stowe, Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
and Drew Barrymore) in traveling the Old West. In 1996, Masterson acted alongside Christian Slater
Christian Slater
in the romantic drama Bed of Roses. 2000s[edit] Although Masterson carried on her work in the film industry, by 2000 she had made a move towards television. In 2001, she produced her own television series, Kate Brasher, which was canceled by CBS
after six episodes. In 2004, Masterson starred in the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning HBO
biographical drama Something the Lord Made. Between 2004 and 2007, she made five guest starring appearances on Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit as Dr. Rebecca Hendrix. A decade later, she appeared in a recurring role as FBI director Eleanor Hirst in the second and third seasons of Blindspot. Masterson has appeared in Broadway theatre productions, and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award
Tony Award
as "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" in the Maury Yeston musical Nine: The Musical, directed by David Leveaux.[5] Masterson has narrated several audiobooks, including I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass, Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell, The Quickie by James Patterson
James Patterson
and Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.[citation needed] Directing[edit] By May 1993, Masterson revealed she had written a screenplay for a film tentatively entitled Around the Block, a romantic comedy about a "woman who conquers her fears by becoming a singer"; in a cover story about Benny & Joon's box office success, she told Entertainment Weekly she was going to direct it herself, with principal photography expected that autumn.[6] In 2001, she began her directing career with a segment titled "The Other Side" in the television movie On the Edge.[citation needed] Masterson made her feature film directorial debut in 2007, with The Cake Eaters, which premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival as well as the Ashland Independent Film Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival
where it received the 'Audience Award – Dramatic Feature' prize in 2008.[7] Of her move to directing, Masterson said in an interview, "When I signed to do this, I wasn't scared but, yes, it was scary. I'm already 40, although we don't want to talk about that. In '92, I wrote my first screenplay, which I then was to direct, but I ended up taking an acting job because it takes forever to get a movie made."[8] Personal life[edit] In 2006, Masterson married actor Jeremy Davidson (born Jeremy Michael Greenberg), after starring together in the 2004 stage production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Masterson gave birth to their first child, a son named Phineas Bee Greenberg, on October 11, 2009.[9][10] She gave birth to twins in August 2011, a son, Wilder Greenberg, and a daughter, Clio Greenberg.[11] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1975 Stepford Wives, TheThe Stepford Wives Kim Eberhart

1985 Heaven Help Us Danni

1986 At Close Range Terry

1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Watts

Gardens of Stone Rachel Feld

My Little Girl Franny Bettinger

1988 Mr. North Elspeth Skeel

1989 Chances Are Miranda Jeffries

Immediate Family Lucy Moore

1990 Funny About Love Daphne Delillo

1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Imogene "Idgie" Threadgoode

1992 Mad at the Moon Jenny Hill

1993 Married to It Nina Bishop

Benny & Joon Juniper "Joon" Pearl

1994 Bad Girls Anita Crown

Radioland Murders Penny Henderson

1996 Lily Dale Lily Dale

Bed of Roses Lisa Walker

Heaven's Prisoners Robin Gaddis

1997 Dogtown Dorothy Sternen

Postman, TheThe Postman Hope, Postman's Daughter Uncredited role

1998 Digging to China Gwen Frankovitz

1999 Book of Stars, TheThe Book of Stars Penny McGuire

Florentine, TheThe Florentine Vikki

2002 West of Here Genevieve Anderson

Leo Brynne

2005 Sisters, TheThe Sisters Olga Prior

Whiskey School G.G.

2006 Insurgents, TheThe Insurgents Director

2017 As You Are Karen

2019 Skin Agent Jackie Marks Post-production

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes

2001 On the Edge Television film Segment: "The Other Side"

2007 The Cake Eaters Feature film


Year Title Role Notes

1980 City in Fear Abby Crawford ABC television film

1985 Love Lives On Susan Wallace ABC television film

1986 Amazing Stories Cynthia Simpson Segment: "Go to the Head of the Class (Book Two)"

1992 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host Episode: "Mary Stuart Masterson/En Vogue"

1996 Lily Dale Lily Dale Showtime television film

1997 On the 2nd Day of Christmas Patricia "Trish" Tracy Lifetime Television
Lifetime Television
television film

1999 Black and Blue Frances Benedetto CBS
television film

2001 Kate Brasher Kate Brasher 6 episodes

Three Blind Mice Patricia Demming CBS
television film

2002 R.U.S./H. Elaine Burba Unsold CBS

2003 Gary the Rat Caroline Swanson Voice role Episode: "Old Flame"

2004 Blue's Clues Cinderella Episode: "Love Day"

Something the Lord Made Dr. Helen Taussig HBO
television film

2004–07 Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit Dr. Rebecca Hendrix 5 episodes

2006 Waterfront Heather Centrella 5 episodes

2009 Cupid Mira Episode: "Live and Let Spy"

2010 Mercy Dr. Denise Cabe 4 episodes

2012 Touch Beth Cooper Episode: "The Road Not Taken"

2013 The Good Wife Rachel Keyser Episode: "Whack-a-Mole"

2015 Blue Bloods Catherine Tucker Episode: "Absolute Power"

2017 NCIS Congresswoman Jenna Flemming 3 episodes

2017–present Blindspot FBI Director Eleanor Hirst 10 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit] Ashland Independent Film Festival

2008: Won, "Best Dramatic Feature" – The Cake Eaters

DVD Exclusive Awards

2001: Nominated, "Best Actress" – The Book of Stars

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

2007: Won, "Best American Indie" – The Cake Eaters

Lone Star Film & Television Awards

1997: Won, "Best TV Actress" – Lily Dale

MTV Movie Awards

1994: Nominated, "Best On-Screen Duo" – Benny and Joon (shared w/Johnny Depp)

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

1989: Won, "Best Supporting Actress" – Immediate Family

Satellite Awards

2005: Nominated, "Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" – Something the Lord Made


^ Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
profile, The New York Times; accessed May 20, 2014. ^ Jamie Currie. "Possibly Pack". thebratpacksite.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.  ^ "Yahoo TV". yahoo.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.  ^ Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
(January 10, 1992). "Fried Green Tomatoes". suntimes.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.  ^ "The 2003 Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations". latimes. May 13, 2003. Retrieved July 31, 2015.  ^ Murphy, Ryan (May 7, 1993). "A Perfect Mismatch". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 29, 2011. Because there aren't enough good parts to go around, Masterson has written her own. In Around the Block, an independent production she'll also direct this fall, she plays a woman who conquers her fears by becoming a singer. 'It's a romantic comedy too,' she says proudly. 'Who knows? Maybe it will become a big date movie. If I'm lucky.'  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-15.  ^ Actress Goes In Film Direction – New York Post Archived May 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Joyce Eng (November 3, 2009). " Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
Welcomes a Son". TV Guide.  ^ Michael Nassberg. "Local filmmaker to screen his film, "Tickling Leo," Nov. 22". The Reporter Group.  ^ "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 

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