Mary Steenburgen is an American actress, she has a net worth of $12 million. Mary Steenburgen has earned her net worth from her performance in the role of Lynda Dummar in the 1980 film Melvin and Howard. Steenburgen won an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe for outstanding performance in this film written by Jonathan Demme. She was born on February 8, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas, her mother Nellie Mae was a school-board secretary and her father Maurice worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad as a freight-train conductor. Mary was raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to New York City in 1972. She took a job at Doubleday and attended New York's Neighborhood Playhouse to study acting. She was cast in the lead role of the 1978 Western Goin' South, after she caught the eye of the film's director Jack Nicholson at the reception room of Paramount's New York office. Mary has been married twice her first husband was fellow actor Malcolm McDowell whom she met on the set of the film Time After Time in 1979, they married in 1980 and had two children. They divorced in 1990 and she married another actor Ted Danson on October 7, 1995. She is a close friend of Secretary of State and former Senator Hillary Clinton; in fact Mary and her husband gave a lecture about their commitment to public service and the foundations and causes in which they are involved in September 2005 to students at the Clinton School of Public Service. Steenburgen who is an alumna of Hendrix College was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1989. She also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2006 from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.