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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.

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.

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 Homewrecker (2010)
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 Mirrors (2008)
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 List, The (2007)
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 Reagans (Showtime), The (2003) Edith Davis
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 Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998) Felice
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 Comfortably Numb (1995) Emily Best
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1983:
Moved from opera to musical theater with regional production of "Kiss Me, Kate"
1992:
Feature film debut in "Jersey Girl"
1998:
Recurring role as "Grams" on "Dawson's Creek"
2003:
Played Edith Luckett in CBS's "The Reagans"
2006:
Minor role in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"
2009:
Began recurring role as Chris Noth's mother on "The Good Wife"
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Northwestern University: -

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