Mary Beth Hurt

Intro American stage and film actress
Is Actor Film actor Television actor Stage actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 26 September 1946, Marshalltown, USA
Star sign Libra

Mary Beth Hurt (born September 26, 1946) is an American actress of stage and screen. She is a three-time Tony Award-nominated actress. Notable films in which Hurt has appeared include Interiors (1978), The World According to Garp (1982), The Age of Innocence (1993), and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). She has also collaborated with her husband, filmmaker Paul Schrader, in such films as Light Sleeper (1992) and Affliction (1997).

Early life

Hurt was born Mary Beth Supinger in 1946 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Delores Lenore (née Andre) and Forrest Clayton Supinger. Her childhood babysitter was actress Jean Seberg, also a Marshalltown native. Hurt studied drama at the University of Iowa and at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.


Hurt made her New York stage debut in 1974. She was nominated for three Tony Awards for her Broadway performances in Trelawny of the Wells, Crimes of the Heart (for which she won an Obie), and Benefactors. Hurt made her film debut in Woody Allen's dramatic film Interiors as Joey, the second of three sisters dealing with the emotional fallout of a family's disintegration and their mother's descent into mental illness. Other film roles include Laura in Chilly Scenes of Winter; Helen Holm Garp in The World According to Garp; and Regina Beaufort in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. Hurt also played Jean Seberg, in voiceover, in Mark Rappaport's 1995 documentary From the Journals of Jean Seberg. Hurt was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance in 2006 movie The Dead Girl. For her role in Crimes of the Heart (1981) she was nominated for a BAFTA Drama Desk Award and earned an Obie Award .

Personal life

Hurt was married to actor William Hurt from 1971 to 1981. She married writer/film director Paul Schrader in 1983. They have a daughter and a son. She is close friends with fellow actor Glenn Close, who understudied her in the play Love for Love.


Year Title Role Notes
1974 More Than You Deserve Uncle Remus
1974 Love for Love Miss Prue
1974 The Rules of the Game Clara Understudy
1975 Trelawny of the 'Wells' Rose Trelawny
1975 The Member of the Wedding Frankie Addams
1976 Boy Meets Girl Susie
1976 Secret Service Caroline Mitford
1977 The Cherry Orchard Anya
1981 Crimes of the Heart Meg MaGrath
1983 The Misanthrope Célimène
1984 The Nest of the Wood Grouse Iskra
1985-1986 Benefactors Sheila
1989 The Secret Rapture Katherine Glass
1993 One Shoe Off Dinah
1996 A Delicate Balance Julia
2000 Old Money Saulina Webb / Sally Webster
2008 Top Girls Louise / Waitress
2011 The House of Blue Leaves Head Nun

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