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Mary Steenburgen Takes Up Accordion at 60

(ABC News) – Mary Steenburgen, an Academy Award winning actress and the star of over 40 films, is embarking on a new career late in life as a singer and musician.

Steenburgen, 60, discovered her new musical talent after undergoing minor surgery on her arm.

“I went under general anesthetic, and the music started right after that,” she told CBS News on Sunday.

The actress said she began hearing music and lyrics in her head.

“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 said.

But that’s exactly what she did, and with the help of musicians in Nashville, she’s written or co-written more than 40 songs. Universal Music has even signed her as a songwriter.

And she’s taken up the accordion.

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