Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born in Newport, Arkansas, where her mother, Nell Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Steenburgen is a notable patron of arts. She is also an active supporter of humanitarian causes. Since 1995 she has been married to actor Ted Danson, and the couple is living in Los Angeles area.