Mary (I) Stein filmography and biography
Date of birth: Marquette, Michigan, USA
Mary (I) Stein biography
Mary, born in Marquette, Michigan and reared in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
partly attributes her desire to pursue a career in acting to her
longtime idol and source of inspiration, British actress, Maggie Smith,
and to her grandfather. Mary recalls the motivation she gained from her
grandfather, an early Vaudeville performer as well as her father who as
a boy would tour the country with him; a highly artistic mother, adept
at weaving, sculpting, and painting also gave rise to creative
direction. No surprise, that Mary wrote and starred in her first play
at the age of five, an event which led to numerous performances
thereafter. She then took lessons and eventually choreographed and
staged her own dance numbers adding tap, jazz and modern dance to her
Stein attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City with celebrity alumni Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Thomas Gibson, and Bradley Whitford, after already receiving a BA from Marquette University. In regional theater, she has played such diverse roles as 'May' in Fool for Love and 'Agnes' in Agnes of God. Rave reviews, unique talent and an enthusiasm to explore different media, led Stein to Hollywood where she broke into television on a series of pilots as well as guest starred on such well known TV shows as Star Trek: Next Generation and Murphy Brown. You may also recognize her from over a hundred commercials for everything from Pop Tarts to Circuit City. Mary's feature film break came with the unforgettable role of 'Angela' in Orion Pictures' 1996 sleeper hit Man of the Year.
Mary grabbed Ron Howard's attention with her enigmatic performance as 'Miss Floom', the hotel landlady in Babe: Pig in the City which was voted by Siskel & Ebert "The Best Film of 1998" and is the sequel to the Oscar nominated film Babe. She went on to play, the Whoville school teacher, 'Miss Rue Who' under Ron's direction in Universal Pictures' blockbuster release of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, alongside Jim Carrey, Molly Shannon, and Christine Baranski . During the shooting of The Grinch, she also worked with Chris Columbus' 1492 Company alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Brendan Fraser as the less than sober bar tart 'Lulu La Rue' in Fox Searchlights' Monkeybone released in 2001. After impressing, six time Oscar winning makeup artist Rick Baker on the set of The Grinch, with her unique look and grace, Mary often makes cameo appearances in his many projects.
In the fall of 2002, Mary was invited aboard two widely divergent TV shows. As Mike Fresco and his team of writers made changes to the popular series Providence, placing it in the ER instead of a clinic, they also brought some quirk to the mix by creating the character, Gerda, an outrageous nudge, with Mary. At the same time, Mary was cast as the befuddled temp, Myrna, on Ben Affleck's original new TV show Push, Nevada and quickly became a recurring character.
She practices a meditative healing art called Sat Nam Rasayan, both kundalini and ashtanga yoga, and as an accomplished athlete enjoys long distance cycling, kayaking, horse riding and snow skiing. A staunch advocate for children's rights, Mary volunteered to teach an acting/writing course for a program called 'Inside Out' at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, helping young offenders win back self- esteem and re-gain control of their lives. Stein has also been a big sister to The Westside Kids and is involved with LA based charity, 'Free Arts for Abused Kids'.
Mary (I) Stein quotes
- Follow the path of love, light, and laughter.
Mary (I) Stein filmography
|The Ex List||2008|
|The Tillamook Treasure||2006|
|30 Days Until I'm Famous||2004|
|Men in Black II||2002|
|The Nightmare Room||2001|
|How the Grinch Stole Christmas||2000|
|Dead Man on Campus||1998|
|Babe: Pig in the City||1998|
|Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||1997|
|Man of the Year||1995|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||1987|
|Married with Children||1987|