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Frances Sternhagen

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 ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Misery Virginia
The Mist
The Mist Irene Reppler
Another World
Another World Jane Overstreet (1971)
Outland Dr. Lazarus


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 2014 And So It Goes
 2012/III Pearl (Short)
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series)
Blanche Braverman
- Road Trip (2012) ... Blanche Braverman
 2011 Dolphin Tale
Gloria Forrest
 2004 Becker (TV Series)
- Subway Story (2004) ... Naomi
 2002 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Mrs. Bellamy
- The Frying Game (2002) ... Mrs. Bellamy (voice)
 2002/I Highway
Mrs. Murray
 2002 The Laramie Project (TV Movie)
Marge Murray
 2001 The Rising Place
Ruth Wilder
 2000 Midnight Gospel (Short)
 1998 It All Came True
 1998 To Live Again (TV Movie)
Constance Holmes
 1998 The Con (TV Movie)
 1991-1997 Law & Order (TV Series)
Estelle Muller / Margaret Langdon
- Legacy (1997) ... Estelle Muller
- The Serpent's Tooth (1991) ... Margaret Langdon
 1995 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Jean Anderson
- The Choice (1995) ... Jean Anderson
 1994 Vault of Horror I (TV Movie)
 1994 Reunion (TV Movie)
Tobie Yates
 1994 The Road Home (TV Series)
Charlotte Babineaux
- Seven Year Pitch (1994) ... Charlotte Babineaux
- Whole in the Head (1994) ... Charlotte Babineaux
- May I Cut In? (1994) ... Charlotte Babineaux
- Look Back in Anger (1994) ... Charlotte Babineaux
- Cake Fear (1994) ... Charlotte Babineaux
 1993 Labor of Love: The Arlette Schweitzer Story (TV Movie)
Mary Rafferty
 1992 She Woke Up (TV Movie)
 1991 Walking the Dog (Short)
Antique Dealer
 1991 Golden Years (TV Series)
Gina Williams
- The Final Blow (1991) ... Gina Williams
- Third Time Lucky? (1991) ... Gina Williams
- Second Chance (1991) ... Gina Williams
- Not on My Watch (1991) ... Gina Williams
- Am I a Winner? (1991) ... Gina Williams
 1991 Doc Hollywood
Lillian, Welcoming Committee
 1990 Misery
 1990 Sibling Rivalry
Rose Turner
 1990 Follow Your Heart (TV Movie)
Cloe Sixbury
 1989 Communion
Dr. Janet Duffy
 1989 See You in the Morning
 1987 Once Again (TV Movie)
 1987 At Mother's Request (TV Mini-Series)
Berenice Bradshaw
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Berenice Bradshaw
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Berenice Bradshaw
 1986 Resting Place (TV Movie)
Eudora McCallister
 1985 Spencer (TV Series)
Millie Sprague
- Grandpa the Lover (1985) ... Millie Sprague
- Wayne's Nose Job (1985) ... Millie Sprague
- Crazy Girl (1985) ... Millie Sprague
- Doris and the Tutor (1985) ... Millie Sprague
- Voices in the Hall (1985) ... Millie Sprague
 1984 The Dining Room (TV Movie)
Agent / Mother / Carolyn / ...
 1983 Prototype (TV Movie)
Dorothy Forrester
 1983 Romantic Comedy
Blanche Dailey
 1983 Independence Day
Carla Taylor
 1981 Outland
Dr. Lazarus
 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (TV Short)
Mary Richards
 1980 Mother and Daughter: The Loving War (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lloyd
 1979 Starting Over
Marva Potter
 1978 Who'll Save Our Children? (TV Movie)
Nellie Henderson
 1978 Fedora
Miss Balfour
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Mrs. Mason
- In the Event of My Death (1977) ... Mrs. Mason
 1972-1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Paulina / Wilma Atkins
- Enemies (1974) ... Paulina
- The Rimers of Eldritch (1972) ... Wilma Atkins
 1973 Two People
Mrs. McCluskey
 1967-1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (segment "Foul!")
- Foul!/Actor's Choice (1970) ... (segment "Foul!") (as Francis Sternhagen)
 1970 The Doctors (TV Series)
Phyllis Corrigan
- Episode #1.1945 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (credit only)
- Episode #1.1943 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (credit only)
- Episode #1.1942 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (uncredited)
- Episode #1.1941 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan
- Episode #1.1938 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan
 1969 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- Foul! (1969)
 1967 The Tiger Makes Out
Lady On Bus
 1967 Up the Down Staircase
Charlotte Wolf (as Francis Sternhagen)
 1967 Soldier in Love (TV Movie)
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Alice Hart
- With Intent to Influence (1965) ... Alice Hart
 1964 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Miss Koeller
- Mary S. McDowell (1964) ... Miss Koeller
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Jane Overstreet (1971)
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Louise Kiley
- May Day! May Day! (1964) ... Louise Kiley
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Harris
- The Lady Made of Stone (1962) ... Mrs. Harris
 1962 The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe (TV Movie)
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- In a Garden (1961)
- Thieves Carnival (1959) ... Eva
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
Postal Clerk
- Three in One (1960) ... Postal Clerk
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Elizabeth Barnes
- The House (1957) ... Elizabeth Barnes
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Jessie Reddin (1973-1974)
 1951 Love of Life (TV Series)
Toni Prentiss Davis (1967-1968)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Clairee") in "Steel Magnolias" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Robert Harling. Scenic Design by Anna Louizos. Costume Design by David Murin. Lighting Design by Howell Binkley. Assistant Director: Jen Bender. Directed by Jason Moore. Lyceum Theatre: 4 Apr 2005-31 Jul 2005 (136 performances + 23 previews that began ... See more »

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Francis Sternhagen

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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.


Studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse during the 1960s. See more »


Often plays characters who have a cynical attitude. See more »

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she's one of the greatest actresses on stage and screen! gjhines
Pretty hot for a senior citizen. ryan-mur
I had the honor of meeting her twice........ replicantds
kick ass grama! lrickards
Last 'Closer' Episode BOOHOO SLRich1178
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