You know Mary Steenburgen as an Emmy-nominated and Oscar-winning actress — she’s starred in everything from “Wilfred” to “Joan of Arcadia” to “Melvin and Howard,” the latter her Oscar role. Recently, though, she’s added “singer and songwriter” to her list of accomplishments.
Steenburgen, who is married to “CSI” star Ted Danson, was profiled on “CBS News Sunday Morning” this week and says that after a recent surgery on her arm, “the music started.” She began hearing music everywhere and felt the need to start writing down what she was experiencing.
“At one point I kind of looked in the mirror and said, you know, you’re a mom, you’re a wife, people count on you, you can’t go off the deep end into this kind of crazy, musical swirl,” she says.
But she started to pursue it, and she’s now written some 40 songs — and even signed a songwriting contract with Universal Music. She also sings (in her new movie, “Last Vegas,” she performs one of her own songs) and plays the accordion.
The accordion? Yep. “I’m obsessed by it. I love it beyond belief,” she says. “There’s something about it that just appeals to me, I don’t know why.”
You can watch the full “CBS Sunday Morning” profile of Steenburgen below.