Who is Mary Stuart Masterson?

Mary is an American actress and director. She is best known for her roles in popular films such as “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, and “Benny & Joon”, in addition to a number of other notable roles she has had so far in her career. So what is Mary doing now?

She’s still acting, and in recent years has appeared in several films, including “Isle of Hope” (2022) and “Sid Is Dead” (2023). Moreover, she is now working on the highly anticipated horror film “Five Nights at Freddy’s”, scheduled to premiere late in 2023; the film stars Josh Hutcherson, Matthew Lillard and Elizabeth Lail.

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Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Mary Stuart Masterson was born on 28 June 1966, in New York City, USA. She comes from a family deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, as her father is the multi-talented writer-actor-director-producer Peter Masterson, and her mother is the talented singer-actress Carlin Glynn. Mary has two siblings, Peter Jr. and Alexandra. During her teenage years, she attended the esteemed Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York, where she had the opportunity to interact with aspiring actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Cryer. Her thirst for knowledge and passion for the arts led her to study anthropology at New York University for eight months, after attending various schools in New York.

Career Beginnings

Mary Stuart Masterson made her first film appearance at the tender age of eight in “The Stepford Wives” (1975), in which she played the role of a daughter to her real-life father, Peter Masterson. However, instead of pursuing a fully-fledged career as a child actor, she remained focused on her studies, and it wasn’t until the mid-‘80s that she returned to the world of acting, taking on the role of Danni in the film “Heaven Help Us” (1985).

In 1986, Mary Stuart Masterson appeared as Terry in “At Close Range”, a crime drama film starring Sean Penn and Christopher Walken. In the following year, she took on the role of Watts in the romantic drama “Some Kind of Wonderful”, and the same year, Mary played Rachel Feld in the war drama “Gardens of Stone”.

Continuing her career, in 1987 she portrayed Franny Bettinger in “My Little Girl”, then in 1988, Mary starred in “Mr. North” alongside Anthony Edwards and Robert Mitchum, playing the role of Elspeth Skeel. In 1989, she appeared in “Chances Are” alongside Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jr., portraying Miranda Jeffries. The same year, she took on the role of Lucy Moore in the drama film “Immediate Family”, starring opposite Glenn Close and James Woods.

The ’90s

Continuing her successful career, Mary starred as Daphne Delillo in the romantic comedy “Funny About Love” (1990), acting alongside Gene Wilder and Christine Lahti. In 1991, she achieved critical acclaim for her role as Imogene “Idgie” Threadgoode in the heartwarming drama “Fried Green Tomatoes”, sharing the screen with Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. In “Mad at the Moon” (1992), she played Jenny Hill, then in the following year, she portrayed Nina Bishop in the comedy “Married to It” (1993), and in the same year, delivered a remarkable performance as Juniper “Joon” Pear in the romantic drama “Benny & Joon”, starring Johnny Depp and Aidan Quinn.

Through the rest of the ‘90s, Mary enjoyed a string of successes, showcasing her remarkable talent alongside prominent co-stars. In 1994, she appeared in the western “Bad Girls”, playing Anita Crown alongside Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore and Madeleine Stowe, and the same year, she showcased her comedic chops in “Radioland Murders”, with an ensemble including Brian Benben and Ned Beatty. In 1996, she starred in the romantic drama “Bed of Roses” as Lisa Walker, opposite Christian Slater, and also took on the role of Robin Gaddis in the crime-drama “Heaven’s Prisoners”, starring alongside Alec Baldwin.

Continuing her streak, in 1997, she portrayed Dorothy Sternen in the drama “Dogtown”, sharing the screen with Natasha Gregson Wagner. The same year, she delivered a compelling performance as Gwen Frankovitz in “Digging to China” alongside Kevin Bacon and Cathy Moriarty.

The 2000s

Entering the new millennium, Mary Stuart Masterson continued to impress audiences with her talent, featuring in both TV and film projects alongside notable co-stars. In 2001, she portrayed the titular character in the TV series “Kate Brasher”, sharing the screen with Rhea Perlman and Hector Elizondo. She also starred as Patricia Demming in the CBS television film “Three Blind Mice” alongside Brian Dennehy and Debrah Farentino.

In 2002, she appeared in the film “West of Here” with Josh Hamilton and Norbert Leo Butz and in “Leo” alongside Joseph Fiennes. Over the years, she made notable TV appearances, including her role as Dr. Rebecca Hendrix in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” from 2004 to 2007 and as Heather Centrella in the TV series “Waterfront” in 2006.

During the latter half of the 2000s and subsequent years, Mary shifted her focus towards her family, but still made a few minor yet notable appearances. In 2009, she played Mira in the episode entitled “Live and Let Spy” of the TV series “Cupid”. In 2010, she took on the role of Dr. Denise Cabe in four episodes of “Mercy”.

Her later TV appearances included portraying Beth Cooper in the series “Touch” in 2012, Rachel Keyser in “The Good Wife” in 2013, and Catherine Tucker in “Blue Bloods” in 2015. In 2017, she had a recurring role as Congresswoman Jenna Flemming in three episodes of “NCIS”.

In 2017, Mary starred in the film “As You Are”, portraying Karen in the drama that follows the intertwining lives of three teenagers as they navigate friendship and identity amidst a turbulent time; the movie also features Owen Campbell and Charlie Heaton. From 2017 to 2019, she took on the role of FBI Director Eleanor Hirst in the TV series “Blindspot”, a thrilling show centered around a mysterious tattooed woman with no memory, played by Jaimie Alexander, who collaborates with the FBI to uncover her true identity and stop dangerous criminals.

In 2018, she appeared in the movie “Skin”, portraying Agent Jackie Marks, a biographical drama about the life of Bryon Widner, played by Jamie Bell, a former white supremacist who undergoes a transformation to leave his extremist past behind. The following year, she delivered a captivating performance as Claire Nightingale in “Daniel Isn’t Real,” a psychological horror film about a troubled college student, played by Miles Robbins, who reawakens his imaginary childhood friend, Daniel, portrayed by Patrick Schwarzenegger, with devastating consequences.

In 2020, she secured a main role as Anya Harrison in season one of the TV series “For Life”, a legal drama based on the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., played by Nicholas Pinnock, a wrongfully convicted man who becomes a lawyer to fight for justice, and overturn wrongful convictions. Indira Varma also stars in the series.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Mary Stuart Masterson’s net worth is estimated at over $3 million, as of mid-2023.

Personal Life, Married, Husband, Children

She has been through multiple marriages, starting with George Carl Francisco, with whom she was married from 1990 to 1992. She then tied the knot with filmmaker Damon Santostefano, and their union lasted from 2000 to 2004. However, it was in 2006 that love struck again, as she married actor Jeremy Davidson, with whom she had starred in the 2004 stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. Together they welcomed their first child, a son named Phineas Bee, in October 2009, and then became parents of twins in August 2011, a son named Wilder and daughter Clio. Their joy didn’t stop there, as they had their fourth child in October 2013.

Appearance and Body Measurements

Mary Stuart Masterson has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 4ins (1.62m), while she weighs approximately 130lbs (58kgs). Her vital statistics are 34-23-36, and her bra size is 34C.

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