Mary Page Keller

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Mary Page Keller
Born (1961-03-03) March 3, 1961 (age 63)
Alma mater University of Maryland
Boston Conservatory of Music
  • Actress
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1982–present
Known for
(m. 1991)

Mary Page Keller (born March 3, 1961) [1] is an American actress known for roles on television. Keller began her career on the daytime soap operas Ryan's Hope (1982–83) 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 (1989–90). Keller later had lead roles in the short-lived sitcoms Baby Talk (1991–92), Camp Wilder (1992–93), 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. [2] 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. [3]


As a child, Keller participated in productions at Toby's Dinner Theatre under the direction of director Toby Orenstein. [4] She later began her acting career on daytime soap operas. She played Amanda Kirkland (1982–83) on Ryan's Hope and Sally Frame (1983–1985) on Another World . Moving to primetime, she played the part of Laura Kelly on two Fox sitcoms, Duet (1987–1989) and its spinoff Open House (1989–90). [5] 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). [6] 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 . 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 . [7]

In 2011, Keller was cast as the lead character's mother in the ABC Family drama pilot Chasing Life . [8] In April 2013, ABC Family picked up the pilot to series, for airing in 2014. [9] She co-wrote the family dance school drama, The Dunnings, with husband Thomas Ian Griffith. [10] Keller and her husband recently wrote an episode for Netflix series Virgin River, [11] and before that they wrote the sixth episode of the dramedy series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings in 2019.

Personal life

Keller has been married to her former Another World costar Thomas Ian Griffith since 1991. They have two sons, Conner and Eamon. [12]



1987Scared StiffKate Christopher
1988A Place to HideUnknown
1992 Ulterior Motives Erica
1997Any Place But HomeRoberta Dempsey
1998 The Negotiator Lisa Sabian
2001 Venomous Dr. Christine Edmonton Henning Direct-to-video
2003 Timecop: The Berlin Decision "Doc"Direct-to-video
2008 Gigantic Marguerite Lolly
2009SpoonerJoanne Conlin
2010 Beginners Georgia


1982–83 Ryan's Hope Amanda Kirkland15 episodes
1983–85 Another World Sally Spencer Frame Hobson Ewing38 episodes
1986 Kate & Allie HollyEpisode: "Lucky 13"
1987–89 Duet Laura Kelly54 episodes
1989 Those She Left Behind Sue Grimes TV movie
1989–90 Open House Laura Kelly24 episodes
1990Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu StranglerSydney WestinTV movie
1990–91 Life Goes On Gina GiordanoEpisodes: "Libby's Sister" and "Head Over Heels"
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Cassie WoodfieldTV movie
1991Deception: A Mother's SecretAmanda MilnerTV movie
1991–92 Baby Talk Maggie Campbell23 episodes
1992–93 Camp Wilder Ricky Wilder19 episodes
1993 Joe's Life Sandy Gennaro11 episodes
1995 The Colony Leslie KnowltonTV movie
1995 Picture Perfect Vicky Walters-ThomasTV movie
1996 Ellen SarahEpisode: "Bowl, Baby, Bowl"
1997 Cybill Julia Bishop4 episodes
1998Dirty Little SecretEllie RamerTV movie
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Mrs. Bean13 episodes
1999 Johnny Tsunami Melanie KapahalaTV movie
2000Father Can't CopeRobinTV movie
2000 Providence Monica Lang3 episodes
2001 Emerill Nora Lagasse4 episodes
2002 The Practice Melissa HalpernEpisodes: "Privilege" and "Convictions"
2002–03 JAG Commander Beth O'Neil / Beth O'Neil3 episodes
2004 NCIS Commander Michaela 'Micki' ShieldsEpisode: "Terminal Leave"
2004–05 NYPD Blue Brigid Scofield5 episodes
2004–05 Nip/Tuck Andrea Hall3 episodes
2005 Commander in Chief Grace Bridges5 episodes
2006 Criminal Minds Supervisory Special Agent Katherine ColeEpisode: "P911"
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Melanie KapahalaTV movie
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"
2014–15 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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