Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Born: September 18, 1949
Age: 74
Birthplace: Gadsden, Alabama, U.S.
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Beth Grant (born September 18, 1949)[1] is an American character actress known for often playing conservatives, religious zealots, or sticklers for rules. Between 2012 and 2017, she was a series regular on the television comedy The Mindy Project portraying the role of Beverly Janoszewski. She is also known for her recurring role Gracie Leigh in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, and for playing Marianne Marie Beetle, a recurring character in the Bryan Fuller series Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and Mockingbird Lane.

She has appeared in the films No Country for Old Men, Speed, Donnie Darko, The Artist, Child's Play 2, Rain Man, Flatliners, Little Miss Sunshine, Sordid Lives, Dear Lemon Lima, Bad Words and Jackie.

Grant was born on September 18, 1949 in Gadsden, Alabama.[1] She grew up in Kenansville, North Carolina. Her father was a poultry specialist and salesman.[2] Her mother worked as a manager for the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment. Grant credits her mother for providing the inspiration to become an actress.[2] She graduated from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing in 1973 and then travelled to New York to pursue a career in acting.[2][3]



She has appeared in dozens of films, including three Oscar Best Picture winners: Rain Man; Speed; To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar; Love Field; Donnie Darko; A Time to Kill; Little Miss Sunshine; Child's Play 2; Daltry Calhoun; City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold; Don't Tell Her It's Me; Matchstick Men; Factory Girl; The Wizard; Sordid Lives; The Rookie; All About Steve; No Country for Old Men, Extract, Crazy Heart, Rango, Hollywood to Dollywood (as herself), and Dance with Me[4][better source needed].

Grant has also appeared in many TV shows, including Everwood; Delta; The Golden Girls; Malcolm in the Middle; The X-Files; Friends; CSI; Six Feet Under; Wonderfalls; Pushing Daisies; My Name Is Earl; Yes, Dear; King of the Hill; The Office; Angel; Judging Amy; Jericho; Sordid Lives: The Series; Criminal Minds, Sabrina The Teenage Witch; True Blood; How I Met Your Mother; Modern Family; The Mentalist; and The Mindy Project.

Grant played the same character, Marianne Marie Beetle, in the short-lived show Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies, both created by Bryan Fuller, and portrays the similarly named "Marie" in Mockingbird Lane, Fuller's re-imagining of The Munsters.

Grant guest starred as Gillian, Brady Kelly's mother, in the third season of the acclaimed sitcom Husbands.[5][6]

Inspired by Mindy Kaling, Grant is also in the process of writing a Broadway musical, set in 1969 Greenwich Village.[7]

Personal life

She is married to actor Michael Chieffo and has one daughter, actress Mary Chieffo. Grant lives with her family in the neighborhood of Valley Village, Los Angeles in California.[2]


Grant at the premiere of In My Sleep in 2010


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Undercover Miss Randolph First film role
1988 Rain Man Mother at Farm House First major film role
1989 The Wizard Diner Manager
1990 Flatliners Housewife
1990 Don't Tell Her It's Me Babette
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Lillian Logerfield
1990 Child's Play 2 Miss Kettlewell
1990 Eating Carla
1992 White Sands Roz Kincaid
1992 Love Field Hazel
1993 The Dark Half Shayla Beaumont
1994 Speed Helen
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Lois
1995 Safe Becky - Auditorium Speaker
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Loretta
1995 Lieberman in Love Linda Baker Short film
1996 A Time to Kill Cora Mae Cobb
1996 Love Always Stephanie Lost film
1997 A Thousand Acres Roberta
1997 Lawn Dogs Trent's Mother
1997 Interruptions Peggy, the Mistress
1998 Doctor Dolittle Woman
1998 Dance with Me Lovejoy
1998 Making Sandwiches Mrs. Hellman Short film
1998 Angelmaker Mrs. Turcott Short film
2000 Sordid Lives Sissy Hickey
2001 Donnie Darko Kitty Farmer
2001 The Rising Place Melvina Pou
2001 Pearl Harbor Motherly Secretary
2001 Rock Star Mrs. Cole
2002 Desert Saints Lou
2002 The Rookie Olline
2002 Birdseye Ruth Betters
2003 Judge Koan Brenda Lundy
2003 Matchstick Men Laundry Lady
2003 Evil Aliens Conquers Sheila
2004 Sweet Union Mama Iris Bailey Short film
2004 A One Time Thing Mom
2005 Our Very Own Virginia Kendal
2005 Homefront Pam Short film
2005 Daltry Calhoun Dee
2005 Hard Pill Mom
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Pageant Official Jenkins
2006 Hard Scrambled Alice
2006 Hot Tamale Dori Woodriff
2006 Southland Tales Dr. Inga Von Westphalen / Marion Card
2006 The House of Usher Mrs. Thatcher
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Mother Gagnon
2006 Factory Girl Julia Warhol
2006 These Days Maureen
2006 Rocker Mrs. Hill
2007 Magnus, Inc. Magnus' Mom Short film
2007 The Ungodly Emma Lemac
2007 No Country for Old Men Agnes Kracik
2007 Welcome to Paradise Frances Loren
2008 Natural Disasters Beth
2008 Henry Poole is Here Josie
2008 Hide Candy
2008 No Place Like Home Mom Short film
2008 Polar Opposites General Railen
2008 Winged Creatures Carla's Mom
2009 Dear Lemon Lima Principal Applebomb
2009 Door Prize N/A Short film
2009 Extract Mary
2009 All About Steve Mrs. Horowitz
2009 Stolen Older Edvena
2009 Abracadabra Patti Short film
2009 Herpes Boy Mom
2009 Crazy Heart JoAnn
2010 In My Sleep Evelyn
2010 Spork Principal Tulip
2010 Operation: Endgame Susan
2011 Rango Bonnie Voice role
2011 Sedona Deb
2011 Life of Lemon Phyllis
2011 Valley of the Sun Marva
2011 The Artist Peppy's Maid
2011 Serenity House Judith Levine-Bluestone Short film
2011 Mister Handsome Emily's Mom Short film
2012 Swerve Alsa
2012 Blues for Willadean Willadean Winkler
2013 Miss Dial Mrs. Wojiechowski
2013 The Violation Linda Helm Short film
2013 As I Lay Dying Addie Bundren
2013 Bad Words Irene
2014 The Midnight Swim Amelia Brooks
2014 Alex of Venice Teacher
2014 Just Before I Go Mrs. Lawrence
2014 Faults Evelyn
2015 Addicted to Fresno Tilda
2015 Band of Robbers Widow Douglass
2016 Jackie Lady Bird Johnson
2017 Heartland Crystal
2017 Lucky Elaine
2017 The Concessionaires Must Die! Coupon Lady
2017 The Long Home Mrs. Winer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1979 B.J. and the Bear Miss First onscreen role
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Waitress Episode: God, the Universe & Hot Fudge Sundaes
1987 Deadly Care Madge Made-for-TV Movie
1987 Santa Barbara Nurse Episode: 1,748
1987 Hooperman N/A Episode: The Answer My Friend Is Passing in the Wind
1987 Mr. Belvedere Mrs. Meyers Episode: G.I. George
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven Mrs. Beta Miniseries
1989-91 The Golden Girls Louise/Terry Franco 2 episodes: Two separate roles for each episode
1989-93 Coach Martha/Maid Recurring role: 7 episodes
1990 The Image Martha Packard Made-for-TV movie
1990 Empty Nest Helen Episode: M.D., P.O.V.
1990 Fall from Grace Paulene Made-for-TV movie
1990 The Outsiders Mrs. Jones Episode: Union Blues
1990 Dragnet Mrs. Furber Episode: Pretty Girl
1990 Hunter Dottie Pinder 2 episodes
1991 Switched at Birth Sophie Made-for-TV movie
1992 Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story Pat McGinty Made-for-TV movie
1992-93 Delta Thelma Wainwright First series regular role
1993 Bakersfield P.D. Donna Stiles Recurring role: 2 episodes
1993 Dream On Farm Woman Episode: Silent Night, Holy Cow Part II
1994 Murder, She Wrote Meg Thomas Episode: Roadkill
1994 Sweet Justice Mrs. Farragut Episode: High School Confidential
1994 Friends Lizzy Episode: The One with the Thumb
1995 Sister Sister Angie Episode: Weird Science (Season 3)
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Grace Goddard Made-for-TV movie
1996-98 Something so Right Nurse Gruber Recurring role: 2 episodes
1997 The Pretender Mrs. Haring Episode: Bomb Squad
1997 To Dance with Olivia N/A
1997 Goode Behavior Pearl Episode: Goode Behavior
1997 Desert's Eagle N/A TV short
1997-98 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mrs. Grant / Mrs. Popowski Recurring role: 3 episode (Two separate roles)
1998 Profiler Cook Episode: Birthright
1998 Cybill Waiter's Mother Episode: Whose Wife Am I, Anyway?
1998 Maximum Bob Inez Crowe Recurring role: 5 episodes
1998 Maggie Winters Beatrice Episode: Suburban Myth
1998 Five Houses Arlene Made-for-TV movie
1998-2010 King of the Hill Various voices 11 episodes
1999 Two Guys and a Girl Tufts College Employee Episode: Two Guys, a Girl and Graduation
1999 Providence Lillian Gerrish Episode: If Memory Serves
1999 Blue Valley Songbird Ruby Made-for-TV movie
1999 Angel Maude Pearson Episode: Rm w/a Vu
2000 The X-Files Iris Finster Episode: "Signs and Wonders"
2000-03 Malcolm in the Middle Dorene Hooper recurring role: 2 episodes
2001 Diagnosis: Murder Penelope Episode: No Good Deed
2001 Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man Louisa Ashland Made-for-TV movie
2001 Any Day Now Dorothy Johnson Episode: Everyone Deserves to Be Loved
2001 Judging Amy Principal Mott Episode: Darkness for Light
2001-04 Yes, Dear Kitty Hughes Recurring role: 4 episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sally Roth Episode: The Execution of Catherine Willows
2002-03 Everwood Miss Violet Recurring role: 3 episodes
2003 Boomtown Landlady Episode: Lost Child
2004 Six Feet Under Dorothy Sheedy Episode: In Case of Rapture
2004 A Thief of Time Ranger Mildred Luna Made-for-TV movie
2004 Wonderfalls Marianne Marie Beetle Episode: Muffin Buffalo
2004 JAG Senator Maria Tsangrides Episode: Whole New Ball Game
2005 Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend Angela Made-for-TV movie
2005 8 Simple Rules Mrs. Whitley Episode: Freaky Friday
2006 My Name is Earl Lorraine Mariano Episode: Van Hickey
2006-07 Jericho Gracie Leigh Recurring role: 10 episodes
2007 Drive The Waitress Episode: Partners
2007 Bones Lizbeth Harding Episode: The Secret in the Soil
2007 Polly and Marie Bell Made-for-TV movie
2008 According to Jim Mrs. Whitney Episode: All Dolled Up
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Sissy Hickey Series regular
2008 Pushing Daisies Marianne Marie Beetle Episode: Comfort Food
2008, 2013 The Office Melvina 2 episodes: "Dinner Party" & "Junior Salesman"
2010 Medium Librarian Episode: "Dear Dad"
2010 Criminal Minds Anita Weld Roycewood Episode: "Mosley Lane"
2010 A Drop of True Blood Joanne Smallwood Webseries: "Episode - Bill"
2011 Futurestates June Episode: "Spring of Sorrow"
2011 American Dad! (voice) Episode: "Gorillas in the Mist"
2012 Modern Family Maxine Episode: "Tableau Vivant"
2012 BlackBoxTV Mom/Donna Episode: "AEZP: The Hollow"
2012 Dexter Donna Randall Episode: "Buck the System"
2012 Mockingbird Lane Marianne Marie Beetle Made-for-TV movie
2012-17 The Mindy Project Beverly Main cast (season 1-6)
2013 Justified Mother Truth Episode: "Where's Waldo"
2013 Grey's Anatomy Sheila Olsen Episode: "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"
2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Victoria Recurring role: 2 episodes
2013 Husbands Gillian Kelly Episode: "I Do Over"
2013 The Millers Myra Episode: "Giving the Bird"
2014 I Didn't Do It Judy Tanzer-Dinkins Episode: "Now Museum, Now You Don't"
2016-17 One Mississippi Mellie Saint-Clair 4 episodes
2016 Con Man Susan Episode: "What Goes Up..."
2017 American Gods Jack 2 episodes
2017 Animals. Auntie May (voice) Episode: "Dog."

Awards and nominations

Ovation Awards

  • 2010: Won the award for Lead Actress in a Play for the role of Grace in the Colony Theatre Company production of Grace & Glorie[8]

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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