Mary Beth Peil

Singer and Actress
Born Jun 25, 1940

Mary Beth Peil is an American actress and singer.

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  • What I Love: An Actress At Home On The Upper West Side
    NYTimes - Dec 02, 2016
  • Aisle View: Liaisons, What's Happened To Them?
    Huffington Post - Oct 31, 2016
  • Xaque Gruber: Follies At The Ahmanson Is Musical Theatre At Its Finest
    Huffington Post - May 08, 2012
  • 'the Good Wife' Recap: Déjà Vu All Over Again
    LATimes - Apr 16, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Beth Peil.


1940 Birth Born in Davenport, Iowa in 1940, Peil ("peel") trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University under Lotte Lehmann. … Read More


1964 24 Years Old In 1964 she won both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. … Read More


1971 31 Years Old In 1971, she originated the role of Alma in the opera Summer and Smoke, based on a Tennessee Williams play, and performed it again when it was broadcast on television in 1982 (based on a 1980 performance).


1983 43 Years Old Peil was persuaded to take a role in Kiss Me, Kate and soon found herself on Broadway. In May 1983 she was cast in a national tour as the twelfth and final Anna Leonowens opposite Yul Brynner's monarch of Siam in a revival of The King and I. … Read More
1985 45 Years Old Peil was nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
1987 47 Years Old She starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.


1992 52 Years Old She made her film debut in 1992's Jersey Girl.
1994 54 Years Old She appeared on TV's Law & Order in 1994.
1995 55 Years Old Peil won an Obie Award in 1995 for her work in three non-musical plays, The Naked Truth, Missing Persons, and A Cheever Evening.
1996 56 Years Old In 1996 and 1997, Peil toured in A. R. Gurney's play, Sylvia with Charles Kimbrough and Stephanie Zimbalist.
1998 58 Years Old 1 More Event
She played evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in a 1998 off-Broadway revival of the Irving Berlin - Moss Hart revue As Thousands Cheer.
1999 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Peil was the love interest of Felix, played by Jack Lemmon, in the 1999 comedy film The Odd Couple II.


2002 - 2009 4 More Events
2010 70 Years Old Starting in October 2010 she appeared in the original Broadway cast of the Lincoln Center Theater production of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which is based upon the movie of the same name. … Read More
2011 71 Years Old Peil appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Follies on Broadway in the role of Solange LaFitte, alongside Bernadette Peters and Elaine Paige, starting in August 2011.
2012 72 Years Old In March 2012, she appeared as Erica Morini in Willy Holtzman's off-Broadway play The Morini Strad about the concert violinist.
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