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Melinda Dillon Biography

Birth Place:
Hope, Alaska, United States

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


  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1981Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1977Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated