Mary Beth Peil
Singer and actress
Mary Beth Peil
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 - 3 months
Mary Beth Peil, a performer, is now playing in the revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” on Broadway.
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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Xaque Gruber: Follies at the Ahmanson Is Musical Theatre at Its Finest
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Los Angeles, you are in for a treat. Follies, the 1971 landmark musical that collected seven Tony Awards, takes Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by storm -- direct from Broadway, and bigger and better than ever. James Goldman's haunting book chronicles a bittersweet reunion of aging showgirls as they make a final pilgrimage to the grand theatre that once gave them wings, now decaying and set for the wrecking ball. Stunning new life is breathed into Stephen Sondheim's magnificent songs ("Losing My Mind," "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here Among Them") thanks to a 28 piece orchestra, and an armada of talent that needs to be seen to be believed including Elaine Paige, Jan Maxwell, Victoria Clark, Ron Raines, Danny Burstein, Mary Beth Peil, Jayne Houdyshell, Susan Watson, Sammy Williams, and Terri White. I had the exclusive pleasure of chatting with Terri White who plays 1933's Follies girl, Stella Deems, the show's sole African-American female character. XG: Your fe ...
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'The Good Wife' recap: Déjà vu all over again
LATimes - almost 5 years
Alicia finds herself back in an all too familiar place in the closing moments of the latest “The Good Wife,” appearing with Peter as he formally declares his bid to become governor. The image of the faithful spouse standing by her man has become a recurring motif in this series, with each recurrence indicating the latest step in Alicia’s personal development. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?  There was, of course, the iconic moment from the series pilot when Alicia stood, dazed and silent, at Peter’s press conference. And she was there—if rather distracted by her feelings for Will—once again when Peter announced his unlikely campaign to win back the office of state’s attorney. It wasn’t until the end of last season, after discovering Peter’s dalliance with Kalinda, that Alicia finally left her husband to face the public on his own. But this time Alicia's there to endorse Peter’s gubernatorial campaign, and behind the scenes she’s frantically trying to buy back the ho ...
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Theater Review: Mary Beth Peil in ‘The Morini Strad’ at 59 E59 Theaters
NYTimes - almost 5 years
The playwright Willy Holtzman considers a past-her-prime violinist and her damaged Stradivarius in “The Morini Strad.”
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Paid Notice: Deaths PIEL, JOHN J., M.D.
NYTimes - over 18 years
PIEL-John J., M.D. Died on June 26th, peacefully at home in San Francisco, age 81. Born Woodmere, Long Island; son of the late William and Loretto Scott Piel; brother of William, Mary Peil Ward (the late), Rita Piel Brown, Gerard and David J.; husband of Carolyn Forman Piel, M.D., father of John J. Piel Jr., Mary Piel Hubbard, Elizabeth &amp; William
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Beth Peil
  • 2012
    Age 71
    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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  • 2011
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show had a limited run until January 2011.
  • 2009
    Age 68
    From 2009-2016, she played "Jackie Florrick", the mother of Chris Noth's character, on the CBS drama The Good Wife.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008 she appeared as the Old Lady and Blair Daniels in the Roundabout Theatre Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George.
    More Details Hide Details Peil portrayed Nancy Reagan's mother, actress Edith Luckett, in the Showtime movie The Reagans (2003). She also appeared in the thriller Mirrors (2008), filmed in Romania.
  • 2003
    Age 62
    In the winter of 2003, she again appeared off-Broadway, starring in Frame 312, Keith Reddin's play about the Kennedy assassination.
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  • 2002
    Age 61
    She played the beggar woman in Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center in 2002 and in the spring of 2003 she played the mother of Antonio Banderas's character in a Broadway revival of the musical Nine.
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  • 1999
    Age 58
    In May 1999, Peil appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre's production of the Noël Coward play Hay Fever.
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    Peil was the love interest of Felix, played by Jack Lemmon, in the 1999 comedy film The Odd Couple II.
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  • 1998
    Age 57
    Between 1998 and 2003, Peil was introduced to a wider audience through her role as Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan on teen television drama Dawson's Creek.
    More Details Hide Details Alongside the four main young stars of that show, she was the only actress to appear as a credited regular throughout the show's six-season run, appearing in 74 of 128 episodes.
    She played evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in a 1998 off-Broadway revival of the Irving Berlin - Moss Hart revue As Thousands Cheer.
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  • 1996
    Age 55
    In 1996 and 1997, Peil toured in A. R. Gurney's play, Sylvia with Charles Kimbrough and Stephanie Zimbalist.
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  • 1995
    Age 54
    Peil won an Obie Award in 1995 for her work in three non-musical plays, The Naked Truth, Missing Persons, and A Cheever Evening.
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  • 1994
    Age 53
    She appeared on TV's Law & Order in 1994.
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  • 1992
    Age 51
    She made her film debut in 1992's Jersey Girl.
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  • 1987
    Age 46
    She starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.
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  • 1985
    Age 44
    Peil was nominated for a 1985 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
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  • 1983
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The production toured the United States, closing on Broadway shortly before Brynner's death in 1985.
  • 1971
    Age 30
    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).
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    In 1964 she won both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1960s, Peil toured with Boris Goldovsky's opera company and the Metropolitan Opera's national company singing such roles as Susanna in Mozart and da Ponte's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang with the New York City Opera.
  • 1940
    Born in Davenport, Iowa in 1940, Peil ("peel") trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University under Lotte Lehmann.
    More Details Hide Details There she became a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
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