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Melinda Dillon


Melinda Dillon came to prominence with the role of Jillian Guiler, a mother whose child is abducted by aliens in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Dillon's performance in the film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A few years later, Dillon received another Academy Award nomination for Best ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Magnolia
Magnolia Rose Gator
(1999)
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story Mother Parker
(1983)
Harry and the Hendersons
Harry and the Hendersons Nancy Henderson
(1987)

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 2007 Heartland (TV Series)
Janet Jacobs
- Smile (2007) ... Janet Jacobs
- Domino Effect (2007) ... Janet Jacobs
 2007 Reign Over Me
Ginger Timpleman
 2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Jenny Rogers
- Blood (2005) ... Jenny Rogers
 2005 Adam & Steve
Dottie
 2004 Debating Robert Lee
Mrs. Lee
 2003 The Lyon's Den (TV Series)
Charlotte Barrington
- Pilot (2003) ... Charlotte Barrington
 2003 A Painted House (TV Movie)
Gran Chandler
 2001 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Violet Loomis
- Surprised by Gravity (2001) ... Violet Loomis
 2001 Cowboy Up
Rose Braxton
 1999 Magnolia
Rose Gator
 1996 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Mrs. Klausner
- Liver Let Die (1996) ... Mrs. Klausner
 1995 The Client (TV Series)
Verna Caldwell
- The Peach Orchard (1995) ... Verna Caldwell
 1995 How to Make an American Quilt
Mrs. Darling
 1995 Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (TV Movie)
Polly Judd
 1994 Sioux City
Leah Goldman
 1994 State of Emergency (TV Movie)
Betty Anderson
 1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (TV Movie)
Carol Mothershed
 1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story (TV Movie)
Eleanor List
 1991 The Prince of Tides
Savannah Wingo
 1990 Captain America
Mrs. Rogers
 1989 Staying Together
Eileen McDermott
 1989 Nightbreaker (TV Movie)
Paula Brown
 1988 Shattered Innocence (TV Movie)
Sharon Anderson
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
Nancy Henderson
 1986 Shattered Spirits (TV Movie)
Joyce Mollencamp
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Penny (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
- Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet (1985) ... Penny (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet")
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Rachel Mott
- Part V (1985) ... Rachel Mott
- Part IV (1985) ... Rachel Mott
- Part III (1985) ... Rachel Mott
- Part II (1985) ... Rachel Mott
 1984 Songwriter
Honey Carder
 1981-1984 Insight (TV Series)
Woman / Susie / She - Mysterious Woman / ...
- The Game Room (1984) ... Woman
- The Fiddler (1982) ... Susie
- Rendezvous (1981) ... She - Mysterious Woman
- A Decision to Love (1981) ... Janet
 1983 Right of Way (TV Movie)
Ruda Dwyer
 1983 A Christmas Story
Mother Parker
 1983 The Mississippi (TV Series)
- Cradle to Grave (1983)
 1982 The Juggler of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Dulcy
 1981 Absence of Malice
Teresa
 1981 Hellinger's Law (TV Movie)
Anne Gronouski
 1981 Fallen Angel (TV Movie)
Sherry Phillips
 1980 The Shadow Box (TV Movie)
Agnes
 1980 Marriage Is Alive and Well (TV Movie)
Jeannie
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Woman with Balloon (uncredited)
 1979 Transplant (TV Movie)
Ann Hurley
 1978 The Critical List (TV Movie)
Dr. Kris Lassiter
 1978 F.I.S.T.
Anna Zarinkas
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Jillian Guiler
 1977 Enigma (TV Movie)
Dora Herren
 1977 Slap Shot
Suzanne
 1976 Bound for Glory
Mary - Woody's Wife / Memphis Sue
 1976 Sara (TV Series)
Lily Henchard
- Lady (1976) ... Lily Henchard
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Daphne
- Harry and Daphne (1975) ... Daphne
 1971 Story Theatre (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1971)
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Connie Swann
- The Law Can't Touch Him (1970) ... Connie Swann
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Cissy Summers
- A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One (1969) ... Cissy Summers
 1969 The April Fools
Leslie Hopkins
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Stacey Barbella
- The Beatnik and the Politician (1964) ... Stacey Barbella
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Jeannie Birch
- The Empty Heart (1963) ... Jeannie Birch
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Other Works:

She played the role of "Honey" in the original Broadway cast of 'Edward Albee''s "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1962. See more »

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2 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Trivia:

Played two different characters in Bound for Glory (1976). See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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