Peil, Mary Beth 1940–

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Peil, Mary Beth 1940–


Born June 25, 1940, in Davenport, IA.

Career: Actress. Won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, singing opera and concerts with the Metropolitan Opera National Company; also appeared with New York City Opera, Young Concert Artists, and New York Philharmonic; the Drama Department, founding member.

Awards, Honors: Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best actress in a featured role—musical, 1985, for The King and I; Obie Awards, Village Voice, all 1995, for Missing Persons, The Naked Truth, and A Cheever Evening; Outer Critic Circle Award nomination, outstanding featured actress in a musical, 2003, for Nine; Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, solo performance, 2006, for M. Proust.


Film Appearances:

Day care center teacher, Jersey Girl, 1992.

Bartender, Reckless, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1995.

Emily Best, Comfortably Numb, Meistrich Corp., 1995.

Felice, The Odd Couple II (also known as Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II"), Paramount, 1998.

Lana, Number One, 1998.

Homeless woman, Advice from a Caterpillar, 1999.

Helen Devlin, The Stepford Wives, Paramount, 2004.

Olivia, The Caretakers (short), 2006.

Mrs. Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, DreamWorks, 2006.

Daisy Stokes, The List, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan, Dawson's Creek, The WB, 1998–2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Edith Davis, The Reagans, Showtime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Pauline Lewis, Birthmarks, Fox, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Evelyn "Grams" Ryan, Songs from "Dawson's Creek," 1999.

"Dawson's Creek": Behind the Scenes, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Appeared in "Summer and Smoke," Great Performances, PBS.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Dr. Emma Hiltz, "Family Values," Law & Order, NBC, 1994.

Mrs. Peg Bermance, "Massage," The Job, ABC, 2001.

Deb Boyd, "Alien," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Summer and Smoke, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago, IL, 1980.

(Broadway debut) Anna, The King and I, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1984–85.

Marjorie, Birds of Paradise, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Ghost mother, Cymbeline, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1989.

President's secretary, Over Texas, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Mary, "Break," Woman, "Agnes," Woman, "Eulogy for Mister Hamm," and Madge, "Lucky Nurse," Four Short Operas, Playwrights Horizon Theatre, New York City, 1991.

The beggar woman (Sweeney Todd's wife), Sweeney Todd, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 1992.

Dr. Rey, Spain, Theatre for the New City, New York City, 1993.

Edmee, Sand, Signature Theatre, New York City, 1994.

Nan Bemis, The Naked Truth, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre (WPA), New York City, 1994.

A Cheever Evening, Playwrights Horizon Theatre, 1994.

Addie, Missing Persons, Atlantic Theater, New York City, 1995.

Nan Bemis, The Naked Eye, American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA, 1996.

As Thousands Cheer, Greenwich House Theatre, New York City, 1998.

"Free to Be You and Me," The Drama Dept. Talent Shows, Greenwich House Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Beggar woman, Sweeney Todd, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 2002.

Guido's mother, Nine, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Lynette (1990s), Frame 312, Atlantic Theater, 2003–2004.

Aunt Julia, Hedda Galber, New York Theater Workshop, New York City, 2004.

Rose, Celebration & The Room, The Main Stage, Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 2005.

"Madagascar," Playwrights & Performers, Drama Book Shop, Arthur Seelen Theatre, New York City, 2005.

M. Proust, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2006.

In This House, Symphony Space, New York City, 2006.

The Things You Least Expect, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 2006.

Ann, The Cocktail Hour, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 2007.

Also appeared as Kate, Sylvia, off-Broadway production; Desire, A Little Night Music, New York Opera Theatre, New York City; Gertrude, Hamlet, Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA; in Later Life, Playwrights Horizon Theatre, New York City; A Month in the Country, Arena Stage, Washington, DC; Random Acts, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ; States of Independence and Floyd Collins, both American Music Theatre Festival, Philadelphia, PA; Assassins, San Jose Repertory; Tales of the Vienna Woods and Antony and Cleopatra, both Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Kiss Me Kate, Minnesota Opera., Minneapolis, MN.

Major Tours:

Appeared in The Sound of Music, national and international cities; and The King and I, national and international cities.