Stages of life: Actress/author Mary Louise Wilson to speak in New Paltz

Mary Louise Wilson (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

If you missed Tony/Obie-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson when she came to Rhinecliff’s Morton Memorial Library in July, you’re in luck: You get another chance to hear her discuss her new memoir, My First Hundred Years in Show Business, this Friday evening at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in New Paltz.

Wilson has spent more than a half-century as a highly versatile staple of stage and screen, from award-winning roles as Big Edie in Grey Gardens and Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop to appearances in Louis C. K.’s TV series Louie and the Academy Award-nominated film Nebraska. Wilson is currently starring in Broadway’s On the Twentieth Century with Kristin Chenoweth, to rave reviews, and her documentary She’s the Best Thing in It recently premiered at SXSW. Her new book is described as “at once a teeming social history of the New York theater scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor.”

For lots more juicy details about the actress, who has a home in Marbletown, check out last month’s article by Almanac Weekly’s Ann Hutton at Or just show up this Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at Inquiring Minds. Admission is free.


Mary Louise Wilson reading, Friday, August 21, 7 p.m., free, Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-8300,



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