Jan. 13th, 1930
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Frances Sternhagen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Julie & Julia
2007 - The Mist
2002 - The Laramie Project
1999 - Curtain Call
1992 - Raising Cain
1991 - Doc Hollywood
1990 - Misery
1989 - Communion
1988 - Bright Lights, Big City
1981 - Outland
1971 - The Hospital
1967 - Up the Down Staircase
Guest TV Roles
Willie Ray Johnson
Raised in Washington, D.C., Frances Sternhagen taught acting, singing and dancing to school children before first performing herself with the Arena Stage Group. Since that time, she has been seen in numerous Broadway show, has been nominated five times for a Tony Award and received one for "The Good Doctor". Other shows that she has appeared in include "Equus", "On Golden Pond", "Angel" and "You Can't Take it With You".
Ms. Sternhagen's film debut was in Up the Down Staircase (1967). Since then her credits have included Fedora (1978), Starting Over (1979), Outland (1981) and Communion (1989). She delighted Off-Broadway audiences for over two years with her feisty portrayal of the title character in "Driving Miss Daisy".
- Has won two Tony Awards: in 1974 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Good Doctor," and in 1995 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of "The Heiress." She has been nominated five other times: as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) in 1972 for a revival "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" and in 1975 for "Equus;" as Best Actress (Musical) in 1978 for "Angel;" as Best Actress (Play) in 1979 for "On Golden Pond;" and as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) in 2002 for a revival of "Morning's at Seven."
- Graduated Vassar College.
- Widowed mother of 6 children.
- Nominated for Tony award, along with two other female cast members, as Best Featured Actress in a Play, for role in "Morning's At Seven", May 2002.
- Awarded the The Helen Hayes Tribute by the Helen Hayes Award Organization on April 16, 2007.
- Mother of actors 'Paul Carlin (II)' (qv), 'Tony Carlin' (qv), and 'Amanda Carlin' (qv).
- Best known to television audiences as playing Cliff's mother on "Cheers."
- She's the daughter of a U.S. tax court judge.
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