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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 »

Known For

Misery Virginia
(1990)
The Mist Irene Reppler
(2007)
Outland Lazarus
(1981)
Cheers Esther Clavin
(1986-1993)

Filmography

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 2014 And So It Goes
Claire
 2006-2012 The Closer (TV Series)
Willie Ray Johnson
- Last Rites (2012) ... Willie Ray Johnson
- Relative Matters (2011) ... Willie Ray Johnson
- Living Proof: Part Two (2010) ... Willie Ray Johnson
- Living Proof: Part One (2010) ... Willie Ray Johnson
- Identity Theft (2009) ... Willie Ray Johnson
 2012/III Pearl (Short)
Pearl
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series)
Blanche Braverman
- Road Trip (2012) ... Blanche Braverman
 2011 Dolphin Tale
Gloria Forrest
 2009 Julie & Julia
Irma Rombauer
 2007 The Mist
Irene Reppler
 2004 Becker (TV Series)
Naomi
- Subway Story (2004) ... Naomi
 1997-2003 ER (TV Series)
Millicent Carter
- Things Change (2003) ... Millicent Carter
- The Advocate (2003) ... Millicent Carter
- A Saint in the City (2003) ... Millicent Carter
- Beyond Repair (2002) ... Millicent Carter
- I'll Be Home for Christmas (2001) ... Millicent Carter
 2000-2002 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Bunny MacDougal
- Critical Condition (2002) ... Bunny MacDougal
- Plus One Is the Loneliest Number (2002) ... Bunny MacDougal
- I Heart NY (2002) ... Bunny MacDougal
- Just Say Yes (2001) ... Bunny MacDougal
- Sex and the Country (2001) ... Bunny MacDougal
 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 Landfall
Emily Thornton
 2001 The Rising Place
Ruth Wilder
 2000 Midnight Gospel (Short)
Ruth
 1998 It All Came True
Amy
 1998 To Live Again (TV Movie)
Constance Holmes
 1998 The Con (TV Movie)
Hadabelle
 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
 1986-1993 Cheers (TV Series)
Esther Clavin
- Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses (1993) ... Esther Clavin
- Look Before You Sleep (1993) ... Esther Clavin
- Heeeeeere's... Cliffy! (1992) ... Esther Clavin
- Ma's Little Maggie (1991) ... Esther Clavin
- Ma Always Liked You Better (1990) ... Esther Clavin
 1992 Raising Cain
Dr. Waldheim
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Effie Gluckman
- None But the Lonely Heart (1992) ... Effie Gluckman
 1992 She Woke Up (TV Movie)
Noelle
 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
Virginia
 1990 Sibling Rivalry
Rose Turner
 1990 Follow Your Heart (TV Movie)
Cloe Sixbury
 1989 Communion
Dr. Janet Duffy
 1989 See You in the Morning
Neenie
 1987 At Mother's Request (TV Mini-Series)
Berenice Bradshaw
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Berenice Bradshaw
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Berenice Bradshaw
 1987 Once Again (TV Movie)
Esther
 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
 1983 Independence Day
Carla Taylor
 1981 Outland
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
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Sojourner (1975) ... Harriet Beecher Stowe
 1972-1974 Great Performances (TV Series)
Paulina / Wilma Atkins
- Enemies (1974) ... Paulina
- The Rimers of Eldritch (1972) ... Wilma Atkins
 1973 Two People
Mrs. McCluskey
 1971 The Hospital
Mrs. Cushing
 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 #1.1940 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (credit only)
- Episode #1.1938 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (credit only)
- Episode #1.1937 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan (uncredited)
- Episode #1.1936 (1970) ... Phyllis Corrigan
- Episode #1.1933 (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)
Abigail
 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)
Theatre-Goer
 1959-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Eva
- 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
 1956-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mary / Betty - Secretary
- My Mother and How She Undid Me (1957) ... Mary
- The Arena (1956) ... Betty - Secretary
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "Minds over Manners")
- Minds over Manners (1956) ... (segment "Minds over Manners")
 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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Alternate Names:

Francis Sternhagen

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Has won two Tony Awards: in 1974 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The Good Doctor," and in 1995 as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of "The Heiress." She has been nominated five other times: as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) in 1972 for a revival "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" and in 1975 for "Equus;" as Best Actress (Musical) in 1978... See more »

Trademark:

Often plays characters that have a droll sense of humor. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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