Birth Name: Mary Steenburgen
Birth Place: Newport, Arkansas, USA
Born Mary Nell Steenburgen in Newport, AR on Feb. 8, 1953 to parents Maurice, a freight-train conductor, and Nell, a school secretary, Steenburgen grew up in the town of Little Rock. Expressing an early interest in theater from a young age, Steenburgen was active in her school's drama department until graduation. After high school, she enrolled at Hendrix College in Conway, AR where she continued to study her craft. Near the end of her first year Steenburgen acted upon the advice of one of her drama teachers and applied to New York's respected Neighborhood Playhouse. After traveling to Dallas, TX for a regional audition, Steenburgen was accepted, and soon moved to New York City to study acti...
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