Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Highest Rated: 50% Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (2011)

Lowest Rated: 13% Collateral Beauty (2016)

Birthday: Jun 25, 1940

Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, USA

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, 2009-16). 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.

Highest rated movies

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
The Song of Sway Lake
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II
Collateral Beauty




No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Night Dr. Marianne Holt (Character) $13.3K 2018
42% 80% The Song of Sway Lake Charlie Sway (Character) - 2017
13% 64% Collateral Beauty Whit's Mother (Character) $31.0M 2016
No Score Yet 54% Contest "Gran" Angela Maria Tucci (Character) - 2013
50% 48% Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Marjorie (Character) $6.7K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Locksmith Celine (Character) - 2010
14% 44% Mirrors Anna Esseker (Character) $30.7M 2008
No Score Yet 24% The List Daisy Stokes (Character) $132.9K 2007
No Score Yet 53% Advice From a Caterpillar Homeless Woman (Character) - 1999
27% 56% Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II Felice (Character) $18.9M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comfortably Numb Emily Best (Character) - 1995


36% 88% The Village Gwendolina Ferrari (Guest Star) 2019
93% 91% The Good Wife Jackie Florrick (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
90% 78% Fringe Jessica Warren (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reagans Edith Davis (Character) 2003
No Score Yet 80% Dawson's Creek Evelyn "Grams" Ryan (Character) 1998-2003
100% No Score Yet The Job Unknown (Guest Star) 2001