- Mary Stuart Masterson
Mary Stuart Masterson
Masterson at 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Born June 28, 1966
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress/Director Years active 1975–present Spouse Jeremy Davidson (2006–present)
Mary Stuart Masterson (born June 28, 1966) is an American film, stage and television actress and director.
Life and career
Masterson was born in New York City to writer/director Peter Masterson and actress Carlin Glynn. She has two siblings: Peter Masterson Jr., and Alexandra Masterson, who are both involved in the entertainment industry. As a teen, she attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York with actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Jon Cryer. Later, she attended schools in New York, including eight months studying anthropology at New York University.
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 rebellious high school dropout working at a soda fountain. She appeared with Sean Penn and 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. The same year Francis Ford Coppola cast her in Gardens of Stone in which she acted with her parents, hired by Coppola to play her on-screen parents. In 1989, she starred as Lucy Moore, a teenage girl giving up her first baby to a wealthy couple, played by Glenn Close and 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.
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 at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The film was well-received, with film critic Roger Ebert applauding Masterson's work. The following year she was invited to host Saturday Night Live. In 1993, she played opposite Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon as Joon, his mentally unstable 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 and Drew Barrymore) in traveling the Old West. In 1996, Masterson acted alongside Christian Slater in the romantic drama Bed of Roses.
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. The show received mediocre reviews and 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. In 2004, she began guest starring on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. Rebecca Hendrix, a role for which one critic wrote that "Masterson is perhaps best known...."
Masterson has appeared in Broadway theatre productions, and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award as "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" in the Maury Yeston musical Nine: The Musical, directed by David Leveaux.
Masterson has narrated several audiobooks, including I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass, Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell, and Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.
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.
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 where it received awards for "Best Picture". 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."
Masterson has been married three times. In 1990, she married George Carl Francisco; they divorced in 1992. In 2000, she married American film director Damon Santostefano; they divorced in 2004. In 2006, Masterson married actor Jeremy Davidson. Both had starred in the 2004 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Masterson gave birth to their son on October 11, 2009. It was announced on March 8, 2011, that she is expecting twins. Masterson is due to give birth in August of 2011.
Year Title Role Notes 1975 The Stepford Wives Kim Eberhart 1985 Heaven Help Us Danni 1986 At Close Range Terry 1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Watts 1987 Gardens of Stone Rachel Feld 1987 My Little Girl Franny Bettinger 1988 Mr. North Elspeth Skeel 1989 Chances Are Miranda Jeffries 1989 Immediate Family Lucy Moore 1990 Funny About Love Daphne 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Idgie Threadgoode 1992 Mad at the Moon Jenny Hill 1993 Married to It Nina Bishop 1993 Benny & Joon Juniper 'Joon' Pearl 1994 Bad Girls Anita Crown 1994 Radioland Murders Penny Henderson 1996 Bed of Roses Lisa Walker 1996 Heaven's Prisoners Robin Gaddis 1997 Dogtown Dorothy Sternen 1997 The Postman Hope Uncredited Role 1998 Digging to China Gwen Frankovitz 1999 The Book of Stars Penny McGuire 1999 The Florentine Vikki 2002 West of Here Genevieve Anderson 2002 Leo Brynne 2005 The Sisters Olga Prior 2005 Whiskey School G.G. 2006 The Insurgents Director 2007 The Cake Eaters Director
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 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 television film 1999 Black and Blue Frances Benedetto CBS television film 2001 Kate Brasher Kate Brasher 2001 Three Blind Mice Patricia Demming CBS television film 2001 On the Edge Director, Writer
Segment: "On the Other Side"
2002 R.U.S./H. Elaine Burba Unsold CBS pilot 2003 Gary the Rat Caroline Swanson Voice role
Episode: "Old Flame"
2004 Blue's Clues Cinderella Episode: "Love Day" 2004 Something the Lord Made Dr. Helen Taussig HBO television film 2004–06 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Rebecca Hendrix Episodes: "Weak", "Contagious", "Identity", "Ripped" & "Philadelphia" 2006 Waterfront Heather Centrella 2009 Cupid Mira Episode: "Live and Let Spy" 2010 Mercy Episodes: "There is No Room For You on My Ass" & "Of Course I'm Not"
Awards and nominations
- 2008: Won, "Best Dramatic Feature" - The Cake Eaters
- 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
- 1994: Nominated, "Best On-Screen Duo" - Benny and Joon (shared w/Johnny Depp)
- 1989: Won, "Best Supporting Actress" - Immediate Family
- 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 - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - The New York Times
- ^ Possibly Pack | Mary Stuart Masterson | Jami Gertz
- ^ Mary Masterson - Yahoo! TV
- ^ Fried Green Tomatoes :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews
- ^ Barry, Mike. "Films Are the Stars," Anton News (July 11, 2008)
- ^ L.A. Times
- ^ Murphy, Ryan (May 7, 1993). "A Perfect Mismatch". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,306282,00.html. Retrieved 2011-09-29. "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.'"
- ^ Actress Goes In Film Direction - New York Post
- ^ Joyce Eng. "Mary Stuart Masterson Welcomes a Son". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Mary-Stuart-Masterson-1011504.aspx.
- ^ "Is Sexy Delta Guy Jeremy Davidson Leaving Army Wives?", March 4, 2011, E Online
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