Born: November 12, 1931, New Haven, Connecticut
Mary Louise Wilson is a character actor. She is the daughter of Julius Lane Wilson, a doctor who practiced in Saranac Lake. Ms. Wilson grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis; he moved his family south when he was asked to take up a professorship at Tulane University and was later on the founding staff of the Ochsner Clinic. Ms. Wilson was educated at Northwestern University. After moving to New York, she worked in the office of architect Marcel Breuer before making her Manhattan theatrical debut in 1959.
Ms. Wilson performed most recently as Edith Bouvier Beale in "Grey Gardens" both Off-Broadway and on in 2006. She won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for that role, as well as numerous other awards earlier in her career. She lives in Manahttan and Stone Ridge, NY