Mary Steenburgen Returns To Her Birthplace

October 24, 2004--Posted at 10:00 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT--Newport native and Hollywood actress Mary Steenburgen returned to Newport today with husband, Ted Danson.

The two performed "Love Letters" in the Center For The Arts on the Newport campus of ASU.

"This was the first time Ted and I have ever done a play together, so this was a big first for us. It was very special, and to do it in my birthplace was thrilling,"said Steenburgen.

At a reception afterwards, the two made new friends, and reunited with old ones.

Later, they both received keys to the city.

The school announced a 20-thousand dollar scholarship named in honor of Mary Steenburgen's parents.

Ten thousand dollars was raised through donations, and ticket sales, and then matched by the Walton Family-Hodges Foundation.

"To have a scholarship in their name is so thrilling to me, and I'm excited to see who gets it, and to cheer them on in life,"said Steenburgen.

"Having Mary and Ted come here and donate an afternoon's performance for the establishment of a scholarship is very, very significant,"said ASU-Newport Chancellor, Larry Williams.

Folks in Newport made the couple feel right at home........

"Unbelievable welcome, I'll never forget Newport,"said Danson.