Life After Neil. When her marriage to Simon ended in 1983, skeptical voices could be heard murmuring that Mason was dependent on him for her roles; her career was over. Hardly. Her first post-Simon role was opposite Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge. She was strong enough to take him on, yet feminine enough to lead him on. (Mason might be the most compatible leading lady Eastwood has ever had.) In a career noted for its variety, she has worked with Matthew Broderick, James Caan, Johnny Depp, Peter Falk, Albert Finney, Jason Robards, George Segal, Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland and, on both screen and stage, Anthony Hopkins. No snob about television, she enjoyed a recurring role opposite John Mahoney on Frasier and now portrays Patricia Heaton's mother on ABC's The Middle.

After spending time with Paul Newman and his racecar team, she was so captivated by "the energy and sheer fun" of the sport that she too became a driver. Mason qualified for the Valvoline National SCAA runoffs four years in a row. She also cast herself as a businesswoman with Resting in the River, a line of organic farm products. And she has returned to her first love, the stage, both on Broadway (revivals of The Night of the Iguana and Steel Magnolias) and throughout the nation. She starred in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in Santa Fe and recently acted in Chicago in a new adaption of Euripides' Hecuba.

"I can honestly say I love all actors," Mason writes in her memoir. "I especially love standing on the stage of an old theater with just the work light as my companion. I like to look all around me and out into the audience, the dark void, feeling the subtle presence of those who have been there before."

Location Info


Heagney Theatre

530 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Category: Theaters

Region: Webster Groves


Chapter Two
Performed June 5-16 at the Heagney Theatre,
530 East Lockwood Avenue (at Nerinx Hall High School), Webster Groves. Tickets are $25 to $30.
For tickets or information about Marsha Mason's June 9 appearance, call 314-556-1293 or visit

The Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall doesn't yet qualify as old, but it's a sure bet that when Mason takes the stage there on June 9, she will feel the resonance of having come full circle once again.

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