Mary Beth Peil

  • Birth Place: Davenport, Iowa, United States
  • Profession: Actor, singer
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  • Trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University.
  • Performed with the Metropolitan and New York City Opera Companies.
  • Appeared on Broadway in such shows as Nine, Sunday in the Park With George and The King and I, for which she received a Tony nomination.
  • In 1971, originated the role of Alma in the stage production of Summer and Smoke, based on a Tennessee Williams play. A 1982 TV production of the work also featured her in the same role; the New York Times called her TV work "superb."
  • Has appeared in the TV series Dawson's Creek and The Good Wife.
  • In 2010, performed in the stage production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
  • The following year, was in the stage cast of Follies. She took on that role while also filming her scenes for The Good Wife.


  • 1985, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee
  • 2017, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Nominee


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States (BA in Music, 1962)

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