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Mariann Mayberry (1965 - 2017)

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Mariann Mayberry (1965 - 2017)

Mariann Mayberry, an award-winning actress and former member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. She was 52.

Mayberry appeared in more than two dozen Steppenwolf plays spanning four decades. She had roles in the company’s plays between 1989 and 2015 including “The Geography of Luck” (1989), “Ghost in the Machine” (1993), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (2000), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (2007), and “Grand Concourse” (2015).

Her film and television credits numbered about a dozen beginning in the mid-‘90s. They included “Tangled,” “The Company,” “Law & Order,” and “Blue Bloods.”

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Mayberry was born around 1965 in Springfield, Missouri. After moving to Illinois, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University on an acting scholarship and graduated.

She joined Steppenwolf in 1993. While there, Mayberry received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, for best actress in a supporting role in a play, for “Time of My Life,” and a second nomination, for best actress in a principal role in a play, for “Hysteria,” which John Malkovich directed. She won a Jefferson Award, for best actress in a principal role, for Steppenwolf's 2012 production of "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Mayberry and her husband, fellow actor Scott Jaeck, who survives her, acted together on Broadway in “August: Osage County,” a play by Tracy Letts that won a Tony Award as well as a Pulitzer Prize.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Mayberry reflected on her acting career.

“I always knew things would happen for me later in life,” she told the Tribune. “I remember being 7 and thinking I’m not getting married until I am 40. I’m certainly grateful though. So many actors at my age have to give up and go into something else. What could I do? I can type.”

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