The Info List - Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
(born April 3, 1942) is an American actress and director. She was nominated four times for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress; for her performances in Cinderella Liberty
Cinderella Liberty
(1973), The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979), and Only When I Laugh (1981). The first two films also won her Golden Globe Awards. She was married for ten years (1973–83) to the playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, who was the writer of three of her four Oscar-nominated roles. Mason's film debut was in the 1966 film Hot Rod Hullabaloo. Her other films include Blume in Love
Blume in Love
(1973), The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective
(1978), Max Dugan Returns (1983) Heartbreak Ridge
Heartbreak Ridge
(1986), Stella (1990) and Drop Dead Fred (1991). On television, she appeared in the soap opera Love of Life (1971–72) and received an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination for her recurring role on the sitcom Frasier
(1997–98). She has also had an extensive career on stage, making her Broadway debut as a replacement in the comedy Cactus Flower in 1968. She starred in a 1999 revival of The Prisoner of Second Avenue
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 premiere production of Hecuba
at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Her other Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana (1996), Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias
(2005), and Impressionism (2009). Mason guest-starred in Madam Secretary (2015–16) and The Good Wife (2016), and has had recurring roles on the ABC sitcom The Middle since 2010 and the Netflix
series Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie
since 2016.


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television

4 Awards and nominations 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
has had a distinguished career in film and theater. Her film debut in Blume in Love
Blume in Love
early 1973 had Neil Simon
Neil Simon
smitten and he cast her in his Broadway play The Good Doctor.[1] Shortly afterwards, Mason and Simon, a widower, fell in love and got married. That same year, Mason co-starred opposite James Caan
James Caan
in the 20th Century Fox film Cinderella Liberty, which netted her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In 1977, Mason's performance in Simon's smash hit film, The Goodbye Girl, won her a second Best Actress
Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. In 1979, Simon successfully cast Mason as Jennie MacLaine in the screen adaptation of his hit play Chapter Two, which was based on Mason's relationship with Simon up to their marriage. The film proved to be another big hit, garnering her a third Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In 1981, Mason starred along with Kristy McNichol, James Coco, and Joan Hackett
Joan Hackett
in Only When I Laugh, Simon's film adaptation of his Broadway comedy-drama The Gingerbread Lady; it was another box-office success. For her performance as Georgia Hines, Mason was highly praised and earned a fourth Best Actress
Oscar nomination. Mason's Max Dugan Returns
Max Dugan Returns
(1983), also written by Simon, grossed a modest $17.6 million at the box office. Despite a stellar cast led by Mason, Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards
Jason Robards
and Matthew Broderick, the film was a slow starter, becoming more popular after premiering on cable TV and VHS. By this time, Mason and Simon had divorced, and her film career lost momentum. She co-starred with Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
in the 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge, which was fairly well received and a commercial success. Mason played in a New York production of Harold Pinter's Old Times. She next directed the play Juno's Swans (1986), by E. Katherine Kerr, at the Second Stage Theatre in Los Angeles.[2] Her stage credits include Norman Mailer's The Deer Park, Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx, Neil Simon's The Good Doctor and Joseph Papp's 1974 Richard III at the Lincoln Center.[3] Mason starred on Broadway in a revival of Night of the Iguana in 1996, and the following year in Michael Cristofer's Amazing Grace. Mason reunited with Goodbye Girl co-star Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
and writer Neil Simon in Duncan Weldon and Emanuel Azenberg's production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 1999, which was performed at the L.A. Theatre Works shortly after a revival in London's West End. She earned a Grammy
nomination in comedy.[4] She appeared in Charles L. Mee's Wintertime at the Second Stage theatre in New York. In August 2005 Mason starred as Hecuba
at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
and on Broadway in Steel Magnolias, with Delta Burke, Frances Sternhagen, Rebecca Gayheart, Lily Rabe
Lily Rabe
and Christine Ebersole. She appeared in A Feminine Ending at Playwrights Horizons, and in the Shakespeare Theater Company's performance of All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well
in Washington, D.C.[5] Mason's recent television work includes guest roles on Seinfeld, Lipstick Jungle, and Army Wives. Mason starred in her own series, Sibs, which ran from 1991–92. In 1997 and 1998, she had a recurring role on the TV show Frasier
as Sherry Dempsey. In February 2010, she co-starred in California Suite at the Skirball Cultural Center
Skirball Cultural Center
in Los Angeles.[6] As of 2010 Mason plays Patricia Heaton's mother in ABC comedy series The Middle.[7] In April 2010, Mason co-starred with Keir Dullea
Keir Dullea
and Matt Servitto in an Off-Broadway production of I Never Sang for My Father.[8] For her performance as Margaret Garrison, Mason received good reviews.[9][10] Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.[11] Masha Mason teaches at HB Studio
HB Studio
(Herbert Berghof Studio) in New York City.[12] Personal life[edit] Mason was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Jacqueline Helena (Rakowski) and James Joseph Mason, a printer.[13][14][15] 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
Nerinx Hall High School
and Webster University, both in Webster Groves. She raced a Mazda RX-3
Mazda RX-3
events. Mason was married to actor Gary Campbell from 1965 until they divorced in 1970. Her second marriage, to playwright Neil Simon, lasted from 1973 until their 1983 divorce. A former, long-time resident of New Mexico, she had a farm[16] in Abiquiu
that grew 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". Now based in New York City, Mason is currently building a new home on a hayfield in nearby Litchfield County, Connecticut.[17] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1968 Beyond the Law Marcia Stillwell

1973 Blume in Love Arlene

1973 Cinderella Liberty Maggie Paul

1977 Audrey Rose Janice Templeton

1977 Goodbye Girl, TheThe Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden

1978 Cheap Detective, TheThe Cheap Detective Georgia Merkle

1979 Promises in the Dark Dr. Alexandra Kendall

1979 Chapter Two Jennie MacLaine

1981 Only When I Laugh Georgia Hines

1983 Max Dugan Returns Nora McPhee

1986 Heartbreak Ridge Aggie

1990 Stella Janice Morrison

1991 Drop Dead Fred Polly Cronin

1994 I Love Trouble Sen. Gayle Robbins

1995 Nick of Time Gov. Eleanor Grant

1996 2 Days in the Valley Audrey Hopper

2004 Bride and Prejudice Catherine Darcy

2004 Bereft Helen

2013 Across Grace Alley Grandmother Short


Year Title Role Notes

1969 Dark Shadows Audrey / Vampire Girl "1.915"

1971 Where the Heart Is Laura Blackburn TV series

1971–72 Love of Life Judith Cole TV series

1972 Young Dr. Kildare Nurse Lord "I'm Handling It", "The Stranger"

1974 Great Performances Roxane "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1982 Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Lois Gibbs TV film

1985 Surviving Lois TV film

1986 Trapped in Silence Jennifer Hubbell TV film

1988 Hothouse Courtney Woods "The Actress"

1989 Dinner at Eight Millicent Jordan TV film

1990 Image, TheThe Image Jean Cromwell TV film

1991–92 Sibs Nora Ruscio Main role

1992 Seinfeld Jennie MacLaine (voice) "The Letter"

1993 One Life to Live Sabrina 1 episode

1995 Broken Trust Ruth TV film

1997–98 Frasier Sherry Dempsey Recurring role

1999 Restless Spirits Lydia TV film

2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Ethel Gumm TV miniseries

2002 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Lilith Bigelow "The Egg and I"

2004 Long Shot, TheThe Long Shot Mary Lou O'Brian TV film

2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Aunt Trudy "The Road Virus Heads North"

2008 Lipstick Jungle Lorraine Lipman "Carpe Threesome"

2008 Army Wives Charlotte Meade "Mothers & Wives", "Great Expectations"

2010–present Middle, TheThe Middle Pat Spence Recurring guest (11 episodes)

2013 Untitled Bounty Hunter Project Lucille Ryan TV film

2015–16 Madam Secretary Dr. Kinsey Sherman "The Kill List", "Connection Lost"

2016 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Judge Louisa Page "Tracks"

2016-18 Grace and Frankie Arlene 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1974 Academy Awards Best Actress
in a Leading Role Cinderella Liberty Nominated

1974 National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Cinderella Liberty Nominated

1974 Golden Globe Award Best Actress
in a Motion Picture - Drama Cinderella Liberty Won

1978 Academy Awards Best Actress
in a Leading Role The Goodbye Girl Nominated

1978 Golden Globe Award Best Actress
in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Goodbye Girl Won

1979 British Academy Film Awards Best Actress The Goodbye Girl Nominated

1980 Golden Globe Award Best Actress
in a Motion Picture - Drama Promises in the Dark Nominated

1980 Academy Awards Best Actress
in a Leading Role Chapter Two Nominated

1982 Academy Awards Best Actress
in a Leading Role Only When I Laugh Nominated

1991 CableACE Award Supporting Actress
in a Movie or Miniseries The Image Nominated

1997 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress
in a Comedy Series Frasier Nominated

1997 Viewers for Quality Television Q Awards Best Recurring Player Frasier Nominated

2001 Temecula Valley International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award


2002 St. Louis International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award



^ Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
Unveils Her. Life With Actress‐Hating Playwright. NY Times, Judy Klemesrud Jan 3, 1978 ^ " Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
Finds Joy In The Work Ethic", The Los Angeles Times, Roderick Mann, February 16, 1986 ^ Marsh Mason Off-Broadway productions [1] ^ "Marsha Mason". TheaterTimes. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2013-04-30.  ^ Mason Stars In ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL At Shakespeare Theatre Co. July 27, 2010. ^ " Actress
Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
on Neil Simon, young actors, state of theater" Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., KPCC, February 17, 2010 ^ Jacqueline Cutler (April 28, 2010). " Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
in 'The Middle': Goodbye girl's a grandma". Zap2It. Retrieved 2013-05-01.  ^ "Up Close With Keir Dullea
Keir Dullea
and Marsha Mason". The New York Times. February 18, 2010.  ^ Ken Jaworowski (April 6, 2010). "That Old Equation: Dad + Son = Clash". The New York Times.  ^ [2] Archived April 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ St. Louis Walk of Fame. " St. Louis Walk of Fame
St. Louis Walk of Fame
Inductees". stlouiswalkoffame.org. Retrieved 25 April 2013.  ^ "Mason, Marsha - HB Studio". Hbstudio.org. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ Chambers, Andrea. "Goodbye Girl Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
Bids Farewell to Neil Simon and Sets Out on a Career as a Director". People.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.  ^ " Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
Biography (1942-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  ^ Mason, Marsha (27 January 2002). "Journey: A Personal Odyssey". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 22 August 2017 – via Google Books.  ^ See the article, "Marsha Mason's Organic Farm and Estate." ^ See the Article, [3]

External links[edit]

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on IMDb Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database St. Louis Walk of Fame "Marsha Mason: A Conversation for Women's History Month", Broadway World, March 29, 2010 "With: Marsha Mason", American Theatre Wing, March 31, 2010 "SURVIVAL KIT: MARSHA MASON", WNYC, March 28, 2004

Awards for Marsha Mason

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress
in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
(1943) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1944) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1945) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1946) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1947) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
(1950) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1951) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1952) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1953) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1954) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1955) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1956) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1957) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1958) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1959) Greer Garson
Greer Garson
(1960) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1961) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1962) Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1967) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1968) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1969) Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1972) Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
(1973) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1974) Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher
(1975) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1976) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1977) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1980) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1983) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1984) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1985) Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin
(1986) Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
(1987) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
/ Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1988) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1994) Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1997) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2011) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress
– Motion Picture Comedy or Musical

Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
(1950) June Allyson
June Allyson
(1951) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1952) Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1953) Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1954) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1955) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1956) Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall
/ Taina Elg
Taina Elg
(1957) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1958) Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
(1959) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1960) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1961) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1962) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1963) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1964) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1965) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1966) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1967) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1968) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1969) Carrie Snodgress (1970) Twiggy
(1971) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1972) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1973) Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
(1974) Ann-Margret
(1975) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
/ Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
(1977) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
/ Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1978) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1981) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1982) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(1983) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1984) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1985) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1986) Cher
(1987) Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
(1988) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1989) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(1990) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1991) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1992) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(1993) Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
(1994) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(1995) Madonna (1996) Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt
(1997) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
(1998) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1999) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2000) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2001) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2002) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(2003) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2006) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2009) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(2010) Michelle Williams (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2012) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2013) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2014) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

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