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Mary Beth Peil
2019 June LeBell Memorial Artist


Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil is something of a phenomenon as a performer. She had an outstanding career as an opera singer starting at 21, appearing with the Goldovsky Opera Theater, Metropolitan Opera National Company, New York City Opera, and others before Broadway beckoned in the 1980s. Her first role was Anna in "The King and I," opposite Yul Brynner, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She realized theater was her calling and has been performing steadily ever since.

Probably her best known TV role was as Grams on "Dawson's Creek," but she is seen often on television and motion pictures. Her real home is on the stage, and Broadway audiences have seen her in "Nine," "Follies," "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," "The Visit," and numerous other roles. Mary Beth is currently completing her Broadway run as the Dowager Empress in "Anastasia," where she was once again nominated for a Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and - as a proud septuagenarian - is still delighting cheering audiences eight times a week.