Mary Beth Peil

Actor
Award-winning stage performer Mary Beth Peil also enjoyed regular work as a character actress on television and the occasional film, most notably as Michelle Williams's grandmother on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB ... Read more »
Born: 06/24/1940 in Davenport, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

The Good Wife 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maladies 2014 (Movie)

Blind Woman (Actor)

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts 2012 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Fringe 2009 (Tv Show)

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Homewrecker 2009 (Movie)

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Mirrors 2008 (Movie)

Anna Esseker (Actor)

The List 2007 (Movie)

Daisy Stokes (Actor)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Bradley (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Reagans (Showtime) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Helen Devling (Actor)

Dawson's Creek 1997 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Advice From A Caterpillar 2001 (Movie)

Homeless Woman (Actor)

The Job 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Felice (Actor)

Comfortably Numb 1995 (Movie)

Emily Best (Actor)

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Award-winning stage performer Mary Beth Peil also enjoyed regular work as a character actress on television and the occasional film, most notably as Michelle Williams's grandmother on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003) and Julianna Margulies's scheming mother-in-law on "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ). Initially trained as an opera singer, Peil moved into musical theater and drama in the 1980s, eventually winning an Obie in 1994 for a trio of non-musical plays, including Paul Rudnick's "The Naked Truth." Though less prolific in film and on television, Peil worked frequently in small but showy parts for over a decade, with the "Dawson's" and "Good Wife" roles serving as her most widely seen screen efforts. By the 2000s, Peil's work on television and stage afforded her a degree of stardom that was reflected in her participation in major Broadway productions of "Nine" and "Follies," all of which underscored her status as an enduring talent in both mediums.

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Milestones

2009

Began recurring role as Chris Noth's mother on "The Good Wife"

2006

Minor role in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"

2003

Played Edith Luckett in CBS's "The Reagans"

1998

Recurring role as "Grams" on "Dawson's Creek"

1992

Feature film debut in "Jersey Girl"

1983

Moved from opera to musical theater with regional production of "Kiss Me, Kate"

Bonus Trivia

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Was the last of 12 actresses to play Anna, opposite Yul Brynner, in various film, television and stage versions of "The King and I."

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Left opera to become an actress at the age of 43.

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Performed with the New York City Opera and New York Philharmonic, among others.

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