Mary Page Keller

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Mary Page Keller
Born (1961-03-03) March 3, 1961 (age 61)
Alma mater University of Maryland
Boston Conservatory of Music
  • Actress
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1982–present
Known for Ryan's Hope
Another World
Baby Talk
Chasing Life
(m. 1991)

Mary Page Keller (born March 3, 1961) [1] [2] is an American actress known for roles on television. Keller began her career on the daytime soap operas Ryan's Hope (1982–1983) and Another World (1983–1985) and later starred in a number of television sitcoms. She starred as Laura Kelly in the Fox comedy series Duet (1987-1989) and in the show's spin-off, Open House (1989–1990). Keller later had lead roles in the short-lived sitcoms Baby Talk (1991–1992), Camp Wilder (1992–1993), and Joe's Life (1993).


In film, Keller is known for her performance in the comedy-drama Beginners (2010). In the 2000s, she had recurring and guest-starring roles in a number of television dramas. From 2014 to 2015, Keller starred as the mother of the lead character in the ABC Family drama series Chasing Life .

Early life

Keller trained at the University of Maryland and the Boston Conservatory of Music before entering the medium of television on the ABC television show, Ryan's Hope in 1982. [3] During her times at university, she performed in a number of musical theatre productions, first in Washington D.C. and later in New York. She later moved to Los Angeles, California. [4]


As a child, Keller participated in productions at Toby's Dinner Theatre under the direction of director Toby Orenstein. [5] She later began her acting career on daytime soap operas. She played Amanda Kirkland (1982–1983) on Ryan's Hope and Sally Frame (1983–85) on Another World . Moving to primetime, she played the part of Laura Kelly on two Fox sitcoms, Duet (1987–89) and its spinoff Open House (1989–90). [6] In 1992, Keller was lead actress in Season 2 of the ABC comedy series Baby Talk . She also starred in another short-lived ABC sitcom, Camp Wilder (1992–93). [7] In 1993, she starred in Joe's Life , also on ABC. During the same years, Keller acted in a number of television films and had a dramatic role in Life Goes On .

As of mid-1990s, Keller has made many guest appearances on television series, including Ellen , The Practice , NCIS , Criminal Minds , 24 , Mad Men , Castle , The Closer , CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , Supernatural , Pretty Little Liars and Scandal . She had recurring roles in Cybill , JAG , NYPD Blue , Nip/Tuck , Commander in Chief and Hart of Dixie . [8] She also was regular on Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (1999) and starred as Johnny Kapahala's mother in the Disney Channel original movies Johnny Tsunami (1999) and Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007). She played the lead character's mother in the 2010 comedy-drama film Beginners . [9]

In 2011, Keller was cast as the lead character's mother in the ABC Family drama pilot Chasing Life . [10] In April 2013, ABC Family picked up the pilot to series, for airing in 2014. [11] She co-wrote the family dance school drama, 'The Dunnings' with her husband Thomas Ian Griffith. [12]

Personal life

Keller has been married to her former Another World costar Thomas Ian Griffith since 1991. They have two sons, Conner and Eamon. [13]



1987Scared StiffKate Christopher
1988A Place to HideUnknown
1989 Those She Left Behind Sue GrimesTelevision film
1990Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu StranglerSydney WestinTelevision film
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Cassie WoodfieldTelevision film
1991Deception: A Mother's SecretAmanda MilnerTelevision film
1992Ulterior MotivesErica
1995 The Colony Leslie KnowltonTelevision film
1995 Picture Perfect Vicky Walters-Thomas
1997Any Place But HomeRoberta Dempsey
1998Dirty Little SecretEllie RamerTelevision film
1998 The Negotiator Lisa Sabian
1999 Johnny Tsunami Melanie KapahalaTelevision film
2000Father Can't CopeRobinTelevision film
2001 Venomous Dr. Christine Edmonton Henning DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actress
2003 Timecop: The Berlin Decision "Doc"
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Melanie KapahalaTelevision film
2008 Gigantic Marguerite Lolly
2009SpoonerJoanne Conlin
2010 Beginners Georgia Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast


1982–1983 Ryan's Hope Amanda Kirkland
1983–1985 Another World Sally Spencer Frame Hobson Ewing
1986 Kate & Allie HollyEpisode: "Lucky 13"
1987–1989 Duet Laura Kelly54 episodes
1989–1990 Open House Laura Kelly24 episodes
1990–1991 Life Goes On Gina GiordanoEpisodes: "Libby's Sister" and "Head Over Heels"
1991–1992 Baby Talk Maggie Campbell23 episodes
1992–1993 Camp Wilder Ricky Wilder19 episodes
1993 Joe's Life Sandy Gennaro11 episodes
1996 Ellen SarahEpisode: "Bowl, Baby, Bowl"
1997 Cybill Julia Bishop4 episodes
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Mrs. Bean13 episodes
2000 Providence Monica Lang3 episodes
2001 Emerill Nora Lagasse4 episodes
2002 The Practice Melissa HalpernEpisodes: "Privilege" and "Convictions"
2002–2003 JAG Commander Beth O'Neil / Beth O'Neil3 episodes
2004 NCIS Commander Michaela 'Micki' ShieldsEpisode: "Terminal Leave"
2004–2005 NYPD Blue Brigid Scofield5 episodes
2004–2005 Nip/Tuck Andrea Hall3 episodes
2005 Commander in Chief Grace Bridges5 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Supervisory Special Agent Katherine ColeEpisode: "P911"
2009 24 SarahEpisodes: "Day 7: 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m." and "Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m."
2009 Mad Men Annabelle MathisEpisode: "The Gypsy and the Hobo"
2010 Castle Rebecca DaltonEpisode: "Almost Famous"
2011 The Closer Emily DixonEpisode: "Repeat Offender"
2011 NCIS: Los Angeles Angela TullyEpisode: "The Debt"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Leslie ClybornEpisode: "Seeing Red"
2012 Supernatural Joyce BicklebeeEpisode: "Out with the Old"
2012 Grimm Dr. HigginsEpisode: "The Other Side"
2012 Hart of Dixie Emily Chase4 episodes
2012, 2013, 2017 Pretty Little Liars Dianne Fitzgerald3 episodes
2013 Scandal Susan OsborneEpisode: "Molly, You in Danger, Girl"
2014-2015 Chasing Life Sara34 episodes
2015 Bosch Christine Waters3 episodes

Awards and nominations

2003 DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actress Venomous Nominated
2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance Beginners Won

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