Carlin Glynn
Born (1940-02-19) February 19, 1940 (age 81)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Alma materNewcomb College
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1975–2006
(m. 1960; died 2018)
Children3, including Mary Stuart Masterson

Carlin Glynn (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer and retired actress. She is the mother of actress Mary Stuart Masterson.

Life and career

Glynn was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.[1][2]

A life member of The Actors Studio,[3] Glynn made her belated but Tony-winning Broadway debut - as 1979's Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - portraying "Mona Stangley" in the original production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,[1] a musical comedy adapted by Glynn's husband and fellow Studio member, Peter Masterson, from a non-fiction article published in Playboy, in collaboration with the article's author, Larry L. King, and songwriter Carol Hall, and developed at length in workshop performances at the Studio.[4] Glynn's award-winning performance would be reprised in the 1982 revival.[5]

Glynn's first movie appearance was as Mae Barber in Three Days of the Condor (1975). She is also known for her role as mother to Molly Ringwald's character in Sixteen Candles (1984), and as daughter-in-law to Geraldine Page's character in The Trip to Bountiful (1985). Her other film credits include roles in Resurrection (1980), Continental Divide (1981), The Escape Artist (1982), Gardens of Stone (1987), Blood Red (1989), Night Game (1989), Convicts (1991), Judy Berlin (1999) and Whiskey School (2005).


  1. ^ a b William A. Raidy (1979-09-26). "Carlin Glynn Turned a Favor Into a Tony". The Spokane Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  2. ^ Mesinger, Maxine. "Lamar High marks 50th anniversary." Houston Chronicle. Friday August 7, 1987. Houston 1. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-02-542650-4.
  4. ^ King, Larry L.; Holland, Richard A. (1999). "The Missing Years". Larry L. King: A Writer's Life in Letters, Or, Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye. Washington, DC: Texhouse Corporation. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-87565-203-0.
  5. ^ McKinnon, George (1982-04-18). "Marquee: Best Little Whorehouse Plans All-Texas Gala". The Boston Globe. p. 1. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
Preceded byEstelle ParsonsVacant (2003-2004) Artistic Director of the Actors Studio2004-2007 With: Lee Grantand Stephen Lang (2004-2006) Succeeded byEllen Burstyn