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Overview (3)

Born in Hope, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameMelinda Rose Dillon
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Supporting Actress for her performance as a devout Catholic woman in Absence of Malice (1981). The performance won the actress a KCFCC Award.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anthony Ronald Vario

Family (2)

Spouse Richard Libertini (30 September 1963 - 18 January 1978)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Parents Barnett, E. Norine
Dillon, W. S.

Trivia (11)

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 of 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, Richard Libertini, Jr., with her ex-husband Richard Libertini.
Played two different characters in Bound for Glory (1976).
Although she won a Theatre 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: Hope, Arkansas.
No relation to Matt Dillon.
She has appeared in three films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979) and A Christmas Story (1983).

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