Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes (born April 4, 1954) is an American actress. She won the Miss Florida USA pageant and was third runner up in the 1975 Miss USA. Humes later began working as a television actress, appearing in a more than 50 shows, most notable playing Gail Leery, the title character's mother in the WB drama series Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003.

Mary-Margaret Humes
Born (1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 67)
Years active1980–present
Raul A. Bruce
(m. 1992)

Life and careerEdit

Humes was born at Mercy Hospital in Watertown, New York. She attended Watertown High School ('72) and competed as Miss Thousand Islands in the 1974 Miss New York State contest. She won the Miss Florida USA pageant and was third runner up in the 1975 Miss USA pageant behind eventual winner and fellow actress Summer Bartholomew of California.[1]

In 1981, Humes made her big screen debut as the Vestal Virgin Miriam in the Mel Brooks's comedy film History of the World, Part I. Later Aaron Spelling cast her for the pilot for the action-adventure series Velvet alongside Leah Ayres, Shari Belafonte, and Sheree J. Wilson. During 1980s, Humes guest-starred in a number of shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard, The Love Boat, The A-Team, The Fall Guy and T.J. Hooker. From 1991 to 1992, she played the mother of lead character in the short-lived NBC series Eerie, Indiana. She starred in the 1992 television movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo,[2] and later made appearances in Matlock (three times in different roles), Diagnosis: Murder, In the Heat of the Night and Murphy Brown.

From 1998 to 2003, Humes starred as Gail Leery, the mother of title character in the WB drama series Dawson's Creek.[3][4] After Dawson's Creek, Humes guest-starred in a number of shows, include Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Minds, and appeared in a number of Hallmark Channel television movies.


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Dukes of Hazzard Tinker Episode: "Mason Dixon's Girls"
1981 History of the World: Part 1 Miriam
1982 The Fall Guy Christina Smith (other sources: Vaughn) Episode: "The Reluctant Traveling Companion"
1982 Knight Rider Carol Reston Episode: "No Big Thing"
1983 The Love Boat Cristina Stellini Episode: "The Professor Has Class/When the Magic Disappears/We, the Jury"
1983 Manimal Terry Sloan Episode: "Night of the Scorpion"
1983 The A-Team Randy Stern Episode: "Steel"
1984 The Fall Guy Rae Grant Episode: "Bite of the Wasp"
1984 Riptide Dee Dee Episode: "The Mean Green Love Machine"
1984 Velvet Lauren 'Boots' Daws Television film
1984 Hunter Sandy Newton Episode: "Legacy"
1984 The New Mike Hammer Dana Lord Episode: "Bonecrunch"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Pamela Bayer Episode: "What's So Funny?"
1985 The Fall Guy Serena Episode: "Split Image"
1985 Half Nelson April Episode: "Nose Job"
1985 Night Court Kimberley Daniels Episode: "Halloween, Too"
1985 Shadow Chasers Allison Collingswood Episode: "Blood and Magnolias"
1985 T. J. Hooker Chrissi Wilde Episode: "Hollywood Starr"
1986 T. J. Hooker Lisa Temple Episode: "Deadly Force"
1986 Gung Ho Melissa Episode: "Line of Credit"
1987 Outlaws Lora Kirby Episode: "Primer"
1988 A Year in the Life Kathleen Episode: "Goodbye to All That"
1989 Making a Living Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
1990 Jake and the Fatman Tish
Janet Fromer
Episode: "I Ain't Got Nobody"
Episode: "My Boy Bill"
1990 The Hogan Family Honey Episode: "Come Fly with Me"
1990 Matlock Brigette Laird Episode: "The Personal Trainer"
1991 Matlock Claudette Hertz Episode: "The Marriage Counselor"
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Mrs. Wiley Episode: "The Monkey Business Mystery"
1991–1992 Eerie, Indiana Marilyn Teller 19 episodes
1992 Matlock Candace Winfield Episode: "The Legacy"
1992 Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo Laura Rand Television film
1992 Bodies of Evidence Andie Harper Episode: "Nearest and Dearest"
1993 Blossom Carol Episode: "Time"
Episode: "Hunger"
1993 Dark Justice Glenda Ross Episode: "The Greening of Glenda Ross"
1993 Time Trax Tulsa Giles Episode: "Framed"
1994 Time Trax Tulsa Giles Episode: "Happy Valley"
1994 Diagnosis Murder Ruth Garfield Episode: "Shaker"
1995 Renegade Laura Tracy Episode: "Ace in the Hole"
1995 In the Heat of the Night: By Duty Bound Karen
1995 Gramps Betsy MacGruder Television film
1995 Legend Laura Davenport Episode: "Knee-High Noon"
1995 Land's End Rebecca/Simone 3 episodes
1995 Pointman Marge Episode: "Going Home"
1996 Sworn to Justice Megan
1997 Murphy Brown Raven-Haired Receptionist Episode: "Who Do You Truss?"
Episode: "Blind Date"
1997 Moloney Episode: "The Ripple Effect"
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Gail Leery 93 episodes
2000 The Stalking of Laurie Show Hazel Show Television film
2001 Motocrossed Geneva Carson Television film
2001 Dying to Dance Helene Lennox Television film
2002 Touched by an Angel Sandy Collette Episode: "A Rock and a Hard Place"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jeri Newman Episode: "Let the Seller Beware"
2004 The Division Mrs. Newland Episode: "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here"
2005 CSI: NY Helen Sanders Episode: "Oedipus Hex"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Nancy Jennings Episode: "Desire"
2007 My First Christmas Tree Mom Short film
2007 Ghost Whisperer Susan Drake Episode: "Unhappy Medium"
2008 Criminal Minds Audrey Henson Episode: "The Crossing"
2008 Broken Windows Dori
2009 Saving Grace Deanne Wells Episode: "Have a Seat, Earl"
2010 Head Over Spurs in Love Lorraine Walker
2010 The Portal Mary
2010 The Republic Bettie Thompson Television film
2010 Dad's Home Mrs. Dougherty Television film
2011 The Protector Jessica Moore Episode: "Bangs"
2012 Luck Lynette Episode: "Ace Meets with a Potential Investor"
2012 Matchmaker Santa Katherine Television film
2013 Beverly Hills Cop Gina Nickles TV pilot
2014 The Girl He Met Online Agatha Casey Television film
2015 Fire City: End of Days Human Cornelia
2015 Chasing Eagle Rock Mags Avery
2017 Christmas Eve Maggie DeJesus
2018 Home by Spring Susan Television film
2018 Christmas in Love Grace Hartman Television film
2019 Winter Love Story Jeannine Jordan Television film
2019 A Feeling of Home Constance Television film
2020 A Valentine's Match Alicia Simmons Television film


  1. ^ "Mary-Margaret Humes | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  2. ^ Scott, Tony (May 6, 1992). "Perry Mason: The Case of the Reckless Romeo".
  3. ^ "Mary-Margaret Humes - Rotten Tomatoes".
  4. ^ "Dawson's Creek's James Van Der Beek, Mary-Margaret Humes Christmas Reunion". December 23, 2018.

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Preceded by
Cynthia Zach
Miss Florida USA
Succeeded by
Leigh Walsh