Mary Louise Wilson

MARY LOUISE WILSON ended her run as Fr. Schneider in July of 1998, after a skyscrper accident closed the Kit Kat Klub on 43rd Street for nearly a month. Ms. Wilson won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie for playing Vreeland in the one-woman play that she co-authored with Mark Hampton. Before signing for Cabaret, the actress was scheduled to tour in Full Gallop. Instead, Elizabeth Ashley did the show in San Francisco, and Brenda Vaccaro portrayed Vreeland in Los Angeles, where the play closed early. In 1963, she made her Broadway debut in Hot Spot, Judy Holliday's last show. She next appeared in Kander and Ebb's first Broadway show, Flora, the Red Menace, starring Liza Minnelli. Among Wilson's numerous roles is dressy Tessie Tura, the chipper stripper, in Gypsy, starring Angela Lansbury.