Mary Jo Deschanel

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Mary Jo Deschanel
Born Mary Jo Weir
(1945-11-25) November 25, 1945 (age 71)
Los Angeles, California,[citation needed] U.S.
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Caleb Deschanel (m. 1972)

Mary Jo Deschanel (born November 25, 1945) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Deschanel was born as Mary Jo Weir.[1] Her ancestry includes Irish, French, Swiss, Dutch, and English.[2] In her first major appearance in show business in 1983, Deschanel played Annie Glenn, the wife of the astronaut John Glenn (played by Ed Harris), in the movie adaptation of the Tom Wolfe book The Right Stuff.

The next year, Deschanel played Betty Fernandez, the remarried former wife of the astronaut Dave Bowman (played by Keir Dullea), in the film 2010. She also played the role of Mrs. Howard in the 2000 film The Patriot.

Deschanel played Eileen Hayward in the TV series Twin Peaks. She has appeared in the TV series House in the episode "Simple Explanation" as Julia Kutner, the adoptive mother of recently deceased Dr. Lawrence Kutner.

Deschanel was featured a second time as the wife of a character played by Ed Harris, in the movie Winter Passing (2005), although she was only seen in a photograph on the wall. Despite never physically appearing in this movie, she did receive full billing in the credits as the character "Mary".

She is married to cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. Her daughters, Emily and Zooey, are also actresses.[3]


  1. ^ Miller, Sarah (April 2007). "A Conversation With: Emily Deschanel". Women's Health. Rodale, Inc. 4 (3): 74. ISSN 0884-7355. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
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  3. ^ Olsen, Mark (16 February 2003). "A scene stealer steps off the sidelines". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 

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