Melinda Dillon

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  • Birth Place: Hope, Alaska, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Stepfather was a U.S. Army colonel; spent her childhood traveling around to Army bases with her family.
  • Studied with famed acting coach Lee Strasberg and at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.
  • Got her start in acting as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
  • Nominated for a Tony Award for her stage debut as Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Broadway in 1962. 
  • After shooting to stardom in Woolf and having problems handling the pressure, quit the show and took a month off to recuperate in a mental institution.

Awards

  • 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1963, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Norine Dillon — Mother
  • W.S. Dillon — Stepfather
  • Richard Libertini — Son
  • Richard Libertini — Ex-husband

College

  • Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, Illinois, United States (BFA in Acting, 1961)

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  • Birth Place: Hope, Alaska, United States
  • Profession: Actor