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Frances Sternhagen – MovieActors.com

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Sternhagen in OUTLAND.

About Frances Sternhagen (1930 – )

Frances Sternhagen was born on January 13th, 1930. Frances Sternhagen is a character actress, who was raised in Washington D.C., the daughter of a U.S. tax court judge, John M. Sternhagen. Her mother was Gertrude (née Hussey).

Sternhagen graduated from Vassar College. Frances was teaching performing arts to kids, when she turned to the acting on the stage, herself. In 1948, she made her stage debut in the plays THE GLASS MENAGERIE and ANGEL STREET at the Bryn Mawr summer theater.

Sternhagen was nominated FIVE times for a Tony Award for her work on Broadway, in such shows as EQUUS, ON GOLDEN POND, ANGEL and YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU. Sternhagen won a Tony for her work in Neil Simon's play, "THE GOOD DOCTOR, in 1974. She also won a Drama Desk Award for this same performance.

Frances Sternhagen debuted in the 1967 film, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE. She has been kept busy playing a variety of characters throughout her film career. She created memorable roles in MISERY;(1990), RAISING CAIN; (1992) and recently in JULIE AND JULIA;(2009).
She was nominated for Saturn Awards for her performances in MISERY, and RAISING CAINE

Frances won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 1981 science fiction film, OUTLAND, for her portrayal of Dr. Lazarus.

Frances Sternhagen also found success on television shows. She played Cliff's mom on CHEERS, for which she was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy for this performance.

In SEX AND THE CITY, Sternhagen played Bunny MacDougal, the upper crust mom of Troy MacDougal. The antics of Sternhagen's character as a nasty, manipulative, Park Avenue matron, added a third dimension to the tragi-comedy of Charlotte's marriage to Troy. Frances was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Frances Sternhagen married the love of her life, Thomas Carlin, in 1956, and were happily married until he died in 1991. They had six children together.

Frances Sternhagen misses her husband dearly, but is glad they had a big family. "If I didn't have my family I would be so lonely. The theater and acting are so artificial that I would go crazy if that was all I had."

Frances Sternhagen's notable movie credits include...

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE (1967)
THE HOSPITAL (1971)
TWO PEOPLE (1973)
FEDORA (1978)
STARTING OVER (1979)
INDEPENDENCE DAY (1983)
ROMANTIC COMEDY (1983)
MISERY (1990)
SIBLING RIVALRY (1990)
DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991)
RAISING CAIN (1992)
IT ALL CAME TRUE (1998)
CURTAIN CALL (1999)
MIDNIGHT GOSPEL (2000)
LANDFALL (2001)
THE RISING PLACE (2001)
THE LARAMIE PROJECT (2002)
HIGHWAY (2002)
THE MIST (2007)
JULIE & JULIA (2009)
AND SO IT GOES (2014)

Frances Sternhagen's television credits include...

THE CLOSER (TV SERIES 2006-2012)

SEX AND THE CITY (2000-2002)
ER (TV SERIES 2001-2003)
THE ROAD HOME (TV SERIES 1994)
CHEERS (TV SERIES 1986-1993)
GOLDEN YEARS (TV SERIES 1991)
SPENCER ( TV SERIES 1985)
ANOTHER WORLD (TV series -1971)



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Frances Sternhagen in DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991).

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Frances Sternhagen in MISERY.

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Frances Sternhagen in STARTING OVER.

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Frances Sternhagen in OUTLAND (1981).