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Birth information

3 April 1942 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

How tall is Marsha Mason?

1.62 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Neil Simon
Gary Campbell

Life Story of Marsha Mason

She has a wonderful, extremely engaging "feel good" quality about her, an innate warmth that makes you root for her whether she's playing a stubborn single mom, brittle prostitute, or strung-out alcoholic. Marsha Mason was a resoundingly respected and popular film actress of the 1970s and 1980s whose career skyrocketed in the bittersweet comedies/dramas of award-winning Neil Simon. Earning a string of leading lady Oscar nominations within a short span of time (three of them, courtesy of husband Simon), Marsha's movie career suffered a major fall-out when the famed couple parted ways in 1983 -- most probably due to her almost exclusive, amazingly successful association with him.

The elder of two sisters born to James Joseph Mason and Jacqueline Helena (Rachowsky) Mason in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 3, 1942, Marsha was raised, for a time, in Crestwood, Missouri, before moving to Webster Groves (a suburb of St. Louis) and graduating from Nerinx Hall High School. There, she attended Webster University and, after receiving her degree, moved to New York where she began taking acting classes and finding some work in TV commercials in-between regular job-hunting.

Publications and Magazines about Marsha Mason

Mason, Marsha Journey: A Personal Odyssey. 2000

What movies did Marsha Mason play or participate?

Directors Filmography
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
Grace and Frankie (2019) Arlene, The Middle (2017) Pat Spence, Madam Secretary (2016) Dr. Kinsey Sherman, The Good Wife (2016) Judge Louisa Page, Untitled Bounty Hunter Project (2013) Lucille Ryan, Across Grace Alley (2013) Grandmother, Army Wives (2008) Charlotte Meade, Lipstick Jungle (2008) Lorraine Lipman, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) Aunt Trudy, Bereft (2004) Helen, Bride & Prejudice (2004) Catherine Darcy, The Long Shot (2004) Mary Lou O'Brian,...

Birth information

3 April 1942 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

How tall is Marsha Mason?

1.62 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Neil Simon
Gary Campbell

Life Story of Marsha Mason

She has a wonderful, extremely engaging "feel good" quality about her, an innate warmth that makes you root for her whether she's playing a stubborn single mom, brittle prostitute, or strung-out alcoholic. Marsha Mason was a resoundingly respected and popular film actress of the 1970s and 1980s whose career skyrocketed in the bittersweet comedies/dramas of award-winning Neil Simon. Earning a string of leading lady Oscar nominations within a short span of time (three of them, courtesy of husband Simon), Marsha's movie career suffered a major fall-out when the famed couple parted ways in 1983 -- most probably due to her almost exclusive, amazingly successful association with him.

The elder of two sisters born to James Joseph Mason and Jacqueline Helena (Rachowsky) Mason in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 3, 1942, Marsha was raised, for a time, in Crestwood, Missouri, before moving to Webster Groves (a suburb of St. Louis) and graduating from Nerinx Hall High School. There, she attended Webster University and, after receiving her degree, moved to New York where she began taking acting classes and finding some work in TV commercials in-between regular job-hunting.

Publications and Magazines about Marsha Mason

Mason, Marsha Journey: A Personal Odyssey. 2000

What movies did Marsha Mason play or participate?

Directors Filmography
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
Grace and Frankie (2019) Arlene, The Middle (2017) Pat Spence, Madam Secretary (2016) Dr. Kinsey Sherman, The Good Wife (2016) Judge Louisa Page, Untitled Bounty Hunter Project (2013) Lucille Ryan, Across Grace Alley (2013) Grandmother, Army Wives (2008) Charlotte Meade, Lipstick Jungle (2008) Lorraine Lipman, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) Aunt Trudy, Bereft (2004) Helen, Bride & Prejudice (2004) Catherine Darcy, The Long Shot (2004) Mary Lou O'Brian,...

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James Caan and Marsha Mason in Zapfenstreich (1973)

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James Caan, Kirk Calloway, and Marsha Mason in Zapfenstreich (1973)

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James Caan and Marsha Mason in Zapfenstreich (1973)

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Marsha Mason in Audrey Rose - Das Mädchen aus dem Jenseits (1977)

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John Beck and Marsha Mason in Audrey Rose - Das Mädchen aus dem Jenseits (1977)

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Marsha Mason in Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

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Téa Leoni and Marsha Mason in Madam Secretary (2014)

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Peter Falk and Marsha Mason in Der Schmalspurschnüffler (1978)

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Marsha Mason in Das zweite Kapitel (1979)

Met Neil Simon while rehearsing his play, 'The Good Doctor'. They were married three weeks later. The Simon play 'Chapter Two' was the semi-autobiographical story of his life with Mason. Although Mason was in the screen version of Chapter Two (1979), she never played the role on-stage.

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Marsha Mason in Das zweite Kapitel (1979)

The character she played in Promises in the Dark (1979) (Dr. Alexandra Kendall) was inspired by Los Angeles oncologist, Dr. Alexandra Levine (who is listed in the credits as an advisor).

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James Caan and Marsha Mason in Das zweite Kapitel (1979)

Beat out Barbra Streisand for the lead role in the film Cinderella Liberty (1973). Streisand was the studio's choice for the role. Marsha won her first Oscar nomination.

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Marsha Mason in Das zweite Kapitel (1979)

Ex-sister-in-law of Danny Simon.

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James Caan and Marsha Mason in Das zweite Kapitel (1979)

Attended Nerinx Hall High School, the same small, private all-girls high school in Webster Groves, Missouri that The Office (2005) actress Jenna Fischer also attended.

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Kristy McNichol, James Coco, and Marsha Mason in Mrs. Hines & Tochter (1981)

Was cited as one of the most promising movie personalities of 1973 in John Willis' 1974 Film Annual "Screen World" book.

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Matthew Broderick, Jason Robards, and Marsha Mason in Max Dugans Moneten (1983)

She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.

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Matthew Broderick and Marsha Mason in Max Dugans Moneten (1983)

Is a staunch liberal Democrat.

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Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke in The Middle (2009)

Currently resides in New York City, and recently completed (2018) building a contemporary home on a hayfield in bucolic Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

Currently running her own herbal medicine business called "Resting in the River". Business is both sales and manufacturing of medicine. Medicines are made from her own herb garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

While married to writer Neil Simon, she appeared in five movies he wrote: The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Cheap Detective (1978), Chapter Two (1979), Only When I Laugh (1981) and Max Dugan Returns (1983). From those five roles, she garnered three Best Actress Oscar nominations, for The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two, and Only When I Laugh, none of which she actually won.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

She's on record in the AFI's book "Private Screenings" as listing Rebel Without a Cause (1955) as her favorite film.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Der Untermieter (1977)

Marsha's father, James Joseph Mason, had English and Irish ancestry. Marsha's maternal grandparents, Justyn M. Rakowski and Jadwiga/Ida Piotrzkowski, were Polish.

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George Segal and Marsha Mason in Blume in Love (1973)

Is one of 17 actresses to have received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance where they acted out a labor and/or birth; hers being for Cinderella Liberty (1973). The others in chronological order are Luise Rainer for The Good Earth (1937), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948), Eleanor Parker for Caged (1950), Elizabeth Taylor for Raintree County (1957), Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room (1962), Shirley MacLaine for Irma la Douce (1963), Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Ann-Margret for Tommy (1975), Ellen Burstyn for Same Time, Next Year (1978), Jessica Lange for Sweet Dreams (1985), Meryl Streep for A Cry in the Dark (1988), Samantha Morton for In America (2002), Ellen Page for Juno (2007), Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009), and Ruth Negga for Loving (2016).

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George Segal and Marsha Mason in Blume in Love (1973)

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James Caan and Marsha Mason in Zapfenstreich (1973)

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