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"Marvin's Room" (1996)

The character: Lee, a high-spirited beautician who travels to Florida with her two sons to help her ailing father and sister. Who played her onstage: A 1994 production in Los Angeles starred Jean Smart as Lee. The production, which co-starred Mary Steenburgen, took place at the Tiffany... Phil Caruso / Miramax Films; Richard Haro / Los Angeles Times