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Mary-Margaret Humes (born April 4, 1954) is an American actress best known in recent years for playing Gail Leery, the title character's mother on the WB television drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003.

Mary-Margaret Humes
Born (1954-04-04) April 4, 1954 (age 65)
Years active1980–present
Raul A. Bruce
(m. 1992)
WebsiteOfficial webpage (under construction)


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.[citation needed]

Her best known movie role is as the Vestal Virgin Miriam in Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I. Her best known television role was as Gail Leery on "Dawson's Creek". Humes has also appeared on such television series as Grey's Anatomy, The Dukes of Hazzard, Matlock, Knight Rider, Murphy Brown, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Hardcastle and McCormick, T.J. Hooker, Riptide, and Touched by an Angel. She was also a regular on the short-lived NBC series Eerie, Indiana in 1990. In 2000, she portrayed Hazel Show in The Stalking of Laurie Show, a made-for-television movie.[1]


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 TV movie
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 TV movie
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 TV movie
1995 Gramps Betsy MacGruder TV movie
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 TV movie
2001 Motocrossed Geneva Carson TV movie
2001 Dying to Dance Helene Lennox TV movie
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 TV movie
2010 Dad's Home Mrs. Dougherty TV movie
2011 The Protector Jessica Moore Episode: "Bangs"
2012 Luck Lynette Episode: "1.2"
2012 Matchmaker Santa Katherine
2013 Beverly Hills Cop Gina Nickles TV movie
2014 The Girl He Met Online Agatha Casey
2017 Christmas Eve Maggie DeJesus
2018 Home by Spring Susan TV film
Preceded by
Cynthia Zach
Miss Florida USA
Succeeded by
Leigh Walsh