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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 October 1939Hope, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameMelinda Rose Dillon
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Melinda Dillon was born October 13, 1939, in Hope, Arkansas, to Norine and W.S Dillon. She attended Hyde Park High School. Melinda started in improvisational comedy, and stage acting before she made her feature-film debut as an eccentric neighbor of Catherine Deneuve's in The April Fools (1969). After a seven year absence, she returned to film with appearances in Bound for Glory (1976). And in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). She played a mother coping with the alien abduction of her son. Her performance in the film earned her an Oscar nomination. Four years later, she earned a second Oscar nomination for her performance as an emotionally disturbed woman who provided an alibi for a suspect in Sydney Pollack's Absence of Malice (1981). Her warmth fostered two mother roles in the whimsical comedies A Christmas Story (1983) and Harry and the Hendersons (1987). Melinda made strong impressions as Savannah Wingo, Nick Nolte's on-screen mentally disturbed, poet sister whose attempted suicide serves as the catalyst in Barbra Streisands The Prince of Tides (1991). And in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999). She played the role of Rose Gator.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (1)

Richard Libertini (30 September 1963 - 18 January 1978) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

She has played two Hoosiers (Indiana residents) - in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (which takes place in Muncie, Indiana), and in A Christmas Story (1983) (which takes place in Hohman, Indiana). Hohman is actually the name the main Avenue that passes through the historic district of the city Hammond, Indiana.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Has performed on stage with Chicago's legendary Second City improvisational comedy troupe.
Studied acting with both Lee Strasberg and at the Goodman Theater School.
Daughter of W. S. (an army officer) and E. Norine (Barnett) Dillon.
Has a son with her former husband Richard Libertini.
Played two different characters in Bound for Glory (1976).
Although she won a Theater World Award as the very first actress to play the role of "Honey" in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (her Broadway debut) she was passed over for the film casting when the role was given to Sandy Dennis who went on to win an Oscar.
Grew up in the same town and went to the same high school as President Bill Clinton.

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