Grant, Beth 1949-

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Grant, Beth 1949-


Born September 18, 1949, in Gadsden, AL; married Michael Chieffo (an actor); children: Mary. Education: East Carolina University, B.F.A., 1971; trained with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.


Agent—Julia Buchwald, Don Buchwald and Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist—Danny Duran, DDPR Marketing and Public Relations, 8581 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 713, West Hollywood, CA 90069.


Actress and producer. Former director of a theatre company.

Awards, Honors:

Named outstanding college Democrat, East Carolina University; Ovation Award, best lead performance, LA Stage Alliance, Garland Award, best actress, Backstage West, and LA Weekly Award (with others), best ensemble, all 2003, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, best lead performance, 2004, and Ovation Award (with others), best ensemble performance, 2006, all for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.


Stage Appearances:

Holy Ghosts, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 1971.

Picnic, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1986.

Summer and Smoke, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, 1988.

Sissy Hickey and Noleta Nethercott, Sordid Lives, Theatre/Theater, Hollywood, CA, beginning 1996, also produced elsewhere.

Willadeen, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Zephyr Theatre, West Hollywood, CA, beginning 2003, also produced in 2006.

Appeared in other productions, including an appearance as Ana, On a Southern Journey; and an appearance in The Day Emily Married.

Stage Producer:

Holy Ghosts, Garrick Theatre, 1973.

Producer of comedy revues.

Film Appearances:

Miss Randolph, Under Cover, Cannon, 1987.

Mother at farm house, Rain Man (also known as Cuando dos hermanos se encuentran, Encontro de irmaos, Esoeember, Ish Ha-Geshem, Kisni covek, Rainman, Rain man—l'uomo della pioggia, Sademies, and Yagmur adam), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Diner manager, The Wizard (also known as Gameboy, Game Over, Joy Stick Heroes, and Joy stick Heroes), Universal, 1989.

Babette, Don't Tell Her It's Me (also known as The Boyfriend School), Hemdale Releasing, 1990.

Bea, Eating, International Rainbow, 1990.

Homemaker, Flatliners (also known as L'experience interdite, Linea mortale, and Morte imminente), Columbia, 1990.

Lillian Logerfield, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (also known as Roxy), Paramount, 1990.

Miss Kettlewell, Child's Play 2 (also known as Child's Play 2: Chucky's Back), Universal, 1990.

Hazel, Love Field, Orion, 1992.

Roz Kincaid, White Sands, Warner Bros., 1992.

Shayla Beaumont, The Dark Half (also known as Stephen Kings Stark), Orion, 1993.

Helen, Speed, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

Lois, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (also known as City Slickers II and City Slickers: The Legend of Curly's Gold), Columbia, 1994.

Becky (auditorium speaker), Safe (also known as Chemical Syndrome and Seguro), Sony Pictures Classics, 1995.

Linda Baker, Lieberman in Love (short film), Chanticleer Films, 1995.

Loretta, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (also known as Extravagances, High Heels, To Wong Foo, A Wong Foo, gracias por todo, Julie Newmar, A Wong Foo, grazie di tutto! Julie Newmar, A Wong Foo, merci pour tout Julie Newmar, Hvala za vse, Os tres mosqueteiros do amor, Para Wong Foo, obrigada por tudo! Julie Newmar, Reinas o reyes, Reinas o reyes?, and Wong Foo, koesz mindent! Julie Newmar), Universal, 1995.

Cora Mae Cobb, A Time to Kill, Warner Bros., 1996.

Beth, Lawn Dogs, Strand Releasing, 1997.

Peggy (the mistress), Interruptions, RGH/Lions Share Pictures, 1997.

Roberta, A Thousand Acres (also known as Secrets), Buena Vista, 1997.

Stephanie, Love Always (also known as All Points Between), Legacy Releasing, 1997.

Lovejoy, Dance with Me (also known as Shut Up and Dance), Columbia, 1998.

Mrs. Helman, Making Sandwiches (short film), Fortis Films, 1998.

Mrs. Turcott, Angelmaker (short film), 1998.

Woman, Doctor Dolittle (also known as Dr. Dolittle, Docteur Dolittle, Elaeintohtori, and Il dottor Dolittle), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Sissy Hickey, Sordid Lives, Regent Entertainment, 2000.

Lou, Desert Saints, Initial Entertainment Group, 2001.

Melvina Pou, The Rising Place, Flatland Pictures, 2001.

Mrs. Cole, Rock Star (also known as Metal God, So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?, and Untitled Stephen Herek Project), Warner Bros., 2001.

Secretary, Pearl Harbor (also known as Pearl Harbour and Tennessee), Buena Vista, 2001.

Kitty Farmer, Donnie Darko, Newmarket Capital, 2001, director's cut released as Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut, 2004.

Olline (Jimmy's mother), The Rookie, Buena Vista, 2002.

Ruth Betters, A.K.A. Birdseye (also known as Birdseye), Look Now!, 2002.

Sheila, Evil Alien Conquerors, Nada Pictures, 2002.

Brenda Lundy, Judge Koan, Xing Ped Films, 2003.

Laundry lady, Matchstick Men (also known as Tricks), Warner Bros., 2003.

Mama Iris Bailey, Sweet Union (short film), Caring Strokes/PapaJack Productions/Sweet Union Films, 2004.

Mom, A One Time Thing, Trust Ranch Studios, 2004, director's cut also released.

Aunt Dee, Daltry Calhoun (also known as The Secret Life of Daltry Calhoun), Miramax, 2005.

Pam, Homefront (short film), Bull Creek Films, 2005.

Virginia Kendal, Our Very Own, Miramax, 2005.

Mom, Hard Pill, 2005, BQHL/Force Entertainment, 2007.

Alice, Hard Scrambled, Creative Screenwriting/New Visions Fellowship, 2006.

Don Woodriff, Hot Tamale, Motion Picture Corporation of America, 2006.

Gagnon's mother, Flags of Our Fathers, Paramount, 2006.

Julia Warhol, Factory Girl (also known as Edie), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/The Weinstein Company, 2006.

Maureen, These Days, Long Drive Productions, 2006.

Mrs. Hill, The Bliss (also known as Rocker), Society Entertainment/LP3 Pictures/La Vie en Rose, 2006.

Pageant official Jenkins, Little Miss Sunshine, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006.

Agnes (Carla Jean's mother), No Country for Old Men, Miramax, 2007.

Candy, Hide, Wishbone Entertainment, 2007.

Dr. Inga Von Westphalen, Southland Tales, Destination Films/Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2007.

Emma Lemac, The Ungodly (also known as The Perfect Witness), First Look International, 2007.

Frances Loren, Welcome to Paradise, First Look International, 2007.

Magnus's mother, Magnus, Inc. (short film), Gateway Productions, 2007.

Mrs. Thatcher, The House of Usher, ThinkFilm, 2007.

Beth, Natural Disasters, Jive at Five Films, 2008.

Carla's mother, Winged Creatures, Columbia, 2008.

Edvena Darden, The Boy in the Box, 2 Bridges/A2 Entertainment Group/Code Entertainment, 2008.

Evelyn, In My Sleep, Morning Star Pictures/7th Rig, 2008.

Josie, Henry Poole Is Here, Overture Films, 2008.

Mrs. Horowitz, All about Steve, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2008.

Polar Opposites (also known as Deadly Shift), Regent Entertainment, 2008.

Benny's mother, Southern Baptist Sissies, Funny Boy Films, 2009.

Some sources cite an appearance in the film Under Oath (also known as Blood Money, Mission to Kill, and Urban Justice), New Concorde, c. 1996.

Film Producer:

Executive producer, Judge Koan, Xing Ped Films, 2003.

Producer of documentaries.

Television Appearances; Series:

Martha, Coach, ABC, between 1989 and 1993.

Thelma Wainwright, Delta, CBS, 1992-93.

Inez Crowe, Maximum Bob, ABC, 1998.

Voices of Tilly Hill and nurses, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, beginning 1998.

Gracie Leigh, Jericho, CBS, beginning 2006.

Sissy Hickey, Sordid Lives: The Series, Logo Television Network, beginning c. 2008.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mrs. Beta, I Know My First Name Is Steven (also known as The Missing Years), NBC, 1989.

Sophie, Switched at Birth, NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Madge, Deadly Care, CBS, 1987.

Martha Packard, The Image, HBO, 1990.

Paulene, Fall from Grace, NBC, 1990.

Pat McGinty, Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, CBS, 1992.

Grace Goddard, Norma Jean & Marilyn (also known as Norma Jean and Marilyn), HBO, 1996.

Alice, To Dance with Olivia, CBS, 1997.

Desert's Edge (short; also known as American Untitled), Showtime and The Movie Channel, 1997.

Ruby, Blue Valley Songbird, Lifetime, 1999.

Louisa Ashland, Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man, CBS, 2001.

Angela, Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Irma Kronkite, Picnic, Showtime, 1986.

Waitress, "God, the Universe & Hot Fudge Sundaes," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1986.

Ranger Mildred Luna, "A Thief of Time," Mystery! (also known as American Mystery! Specials), PBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Answer My Friend Is Passing in the Wind," Hooperman, ABC, 1987.

Terry Franco, "Rose Fights Back," The Golden Girls (also known as Golden Girls, Miami Nice, Bnot Zahav, Cuori senza eta, Las chicas de oro, Les craquantes, Los anos dorados, Oereglanyok, Pantertanter, and Tyttoekullat), NBC, 1989.

Dottie Pinder, "Deadly Encounters: Parts 1 & 2," Hunter, NBC, 1990.

Helen, "M.D., P.O.V.," Empty Nest (also known as Harry's Nest), NBC, 1990.

Louise, "Witness," The Golden Girls (also known as Golden Girls, Miami Nice, Bnot Zahav, Cuori senza eta, Las chicas de oro, Les craquantes, Los anos dorados, Oereglanyok, Pantertanter, and Tyttoekullat), NBC, 1991.

Donna Stiles, "A Bullet for Stiles," Bakersfield, P.D. (also known as Bakersfield P.D.), Fox, 1993.

Donna Stiles, "The Gift," Bakersfield, P.D. (also known as Bakersfield P.D.), Fox, 1993.

Farm woman, "Silent Night, Holy Cow," Dream On, HBO, 1993, also broadcast on Fox.

Lizzy, "The One with the Thumb," Friends (also known as Across the Hall, Friends Like Us, Insomnia Cafe, and Six of One), NBC, 1994.

Meg Thomas, "Roadkill," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1994.

Mrs. Farragut, "High School Confidential," Sweet Justice (also known as Alles schoen und Recht, Dulce justicia, and La loi de la Nouvelle-Orleans), NBC, 1994.

Nurse Gruber, "Something about a Family Photo," Something So Right, NBC, 1996.

Mrs. Haring, "Potato Head Blues (a.k.a. Bomb Squad)," The Pretender, NBC, 1997.

Mrs. Popkowski, "Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves," Sabrina the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1997.

Pearl, "Goode Angel," Goode Behavior, UPN, 1997.

Beatrice, "Suburban Myth," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1998.

Cook, "Birthright," Profiler, NBC, 1998.

Mary Ellen Goslin (some sources cite role as Bernice Gosden), "Talk Show Heller," Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998.

Mrs. Grant, "Sabrina and the Beast," Sabrina the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1998.

Mrs. Popkowski, "The Equalizer," Sabrina the Teenage Witch (also known as Sabrina and Sabrina Goes to College), ABC, 1998.

Nurse Gruber, "Something about a Rocky Road," Something So Right, ABC, 1998.

Waiter's mother, "Whose Wife Am I, Anyway?," Cybill, CBS, 1998.

Lillian, "If Memory Serves," Providence, NBC, 1999.

Maude Pearson, "Rm w/a Vu," Angel (also known as Angel: The Series, Angel—Jaeger der Finsternis, and Skoteinos angelos), The WB, 1999.

Tufts College employee, "Two Guys, a Girl and Graduation," Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (also known as Two Guys and a Girl), ABC, 1999.

Dorene, "Krelboyne Picnic," Malcolm in the Middle (also known as Fighting in Underpants), Fox, 2000.

Iris Finster, "Signs & Wonders," The X-Files, Fox, 2000.

Mabel Copeland, "It's a Good Thing I'm Not Black," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000.

Dorothy Johnson, "Everyone Deserves to Be Loved," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2001.

Kitty Hughes, "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2001.

Kitty Hughes, "Mr. Fix It," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2001.

Penelope, "No Good Deed," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 2001.

Principal Mott, "Darkness for Light," Judging Amy, CBS, 2001.

Kitty Hughes, "House of the Rising Son," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2002.

Miss Violet, "Deer God," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2002.

Miss Violet, "The Great Doctor Brown," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2002.

Sally Roth, "The Execution of Catherine Willows," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I., CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2002.

Dorene, "Hal's Friend," Malcolm in the Middle (also known as Fighting in Underpants), Fox, 2003.

Landlady, "Lost Child," Boomtown, NBC, 2003.

Miss Violet, "The Miracle of Everwood," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2003.

Voice of Doris, "The Good Buck," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2003.

Dorothy Sheedy, "In Case of Rapture," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2004.

Kitty Hughes, "Shirley Cooks with Love," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2004.

Senator Maria Tsangrides, "Whole New Ball Game," JAG, CBS, 2004.

Mrs. Whitley, "Freaky Friday," 8 Simple Rules (also known as 8 Simple Rulesfor Dating My Teenage Daughter, A Few Simple Rules, 8 lihtsat reeglit minu teismelise tuetrega kohtumiseks, 8 semplici regoleper uscire con mia figlia, Fingrene vaek fra min teenagedatter, Meine wilden Toechter, No con mis hijas, Papa ni ha hi mi tsu, Teinitytoen kasvatusopas, and Touche pas a mes filles), ABC, 2005.

Voice of Blanche, "Yard, She Blows!," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2005.

Lorraine Mariano, "Van Hickey," My Name Is Earl (also known as Earl), NBC, 2006.

Lizbeth Harding, "The Secret in the Soil," Bones (also known as Brennan, Bones—Die Knochenjaegerin, Dr. Csont, and Kondid), Fox, 2007.

Preston's waitress, "Partners," Drive, Fox, 2007.

Mrs. Whitney, "All Dolled Up," According to Jim (also known as The Dad, Immer wieder Jim, Jim hat immer recht, Jims vaerld, La vita secondo Jim, and Perheen kalleudet), ABC, 2008.

Appeared in episodes of other programs, including an appearance as Mrs. Yeager, Michael Hayes, CBS; and as Angie, Sister, Sister, ABC and The WB. Appeared as Mary Ann Marie Beetle in "Muffin Buffalo," an unaired episode of Wonderfalls (also known as Maid of the Mist and Touched by a Crazy Person), Fox.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The City, ABC, 1986.

Arlene, Five Houses, Fox, 1998.

Inez Crowe, Maximum Bob, ABC, 1998.

Gracie Leigh, Jericho, CBS, 2006.

Bell, Polly & Marie (also known as Polly and Marie), c. 2007.

Television Work:

Producer of television programs.



(In archive footage) Miss Kettlewell, Boogeyman: The Killer Compilation, Flixmix, 2001.

Herself, "Donnie Darko": Production Diary, Metrodome Distribution, 2004.

Herself, #1 Fan: A Darkomentary (short), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2005.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Julia Warhol, The Real Edie (short), The Weinstein Company, 2007.



Some sources cite Grant as a writer.