Mary Jo Deschanel
Mary Josephine Weir

(1945-11-25) November 25, 1945 (age 76)
Years active1983–present
(m. 1972)

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

Life and career

Deschanel was born as Mary Josephine 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]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 The Wild Racers Dancing Girl
1969 Mary Jo Kennedy Peggy
1970 Paddy Mary
1983 The Right Stuff Annie Glenn
1984 2010: The Year We Make Contact Betty Fernandez, Bowman's widow
1986 Amazing Stories:Gather Ye Acorns Francine Gazetta
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Eileen Hayward Deleted scenes[citation needed]
2000 The Patriot Mrs. Howard
2002 Bark! Betty
2005 Winter Passing Mary
2007 Breach Vivian O'Neill
2009 My Sister's Keeper Saleswoman
2012 Ruby Sparks Female Professor
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Eileen Hayward
2014 Criminal Minds Edith Lynch


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