Mary Steenburgen Signs To Universal Music

Mary Steenburgen, star of the upcoming comedy Last Vegas, recently signed on as a songwriter for Universal Music.

The actress is probably best known for her work in such notable motion pictures as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Elf, and Step Brothers. However, Mary Steenburgen recently told CBS News that she is now embarking on a career in the music industry.

During her recent chat, the Clifford star said she started taking an interest in music after undergoing minor surgery. Once she recovered, Mary Steenburgen said “music started right after that.” Her desire to make beautiful music grew after she received an accordion from husband Ted Danson on Valentine’s Day.

“I’m obsessed by it. I love it beyond belief. There’s something about it that just appeals to me, I don’t know why,” Mary Steenburgen said during her recent interview.

She added, “Hey, it’s a miracle to have a career in Hollywood. But it doesn’t begin to sum me up.”

Although Mary Steenburgen recently signed to Universal Music as a songwriter, this doesn’t mean she’s turning her back on the big screen. The actress co-stars in the upcoming star-studded comedy Last Vegas. The movie also stars Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Michael Douglas.

She might be best known for her kind-hearted roles in the aforementioned motion pictures, the actress explained that unsavory characters are among her favorites to play.

“I love to play horrible, evil, mean people,” Mary Steenburgen said on Sunday.

In National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub’s Last Vegas, Steenburgen plays a lounge singer who gets involved in a love triangle between Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro. The movie is currently slated to hit theaters in the United States on November 1.

Check out the official synopsis for the flick below.

“Starring four legends like you’ve never seen them before, ‘Last Vegas’ tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy-Award winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood. When Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.”

Here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming comedy.

Last Vegas isn’t the only movie featuring Mary Steenburgen that’s presently on its way to theaters. She also appears in co-writer and director Mahesh Pailoor’s Brahmin Bulls and Song One with Anne Hathaway.

Are you a fan of Mary Steenburgen? What do you think about the actress signing on as a songwriter for the folks at Universal Music?

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