Born in Iran, Mary Apick is a second-generation actress. Her mother, Apick Youseffian, is also a legend in films, television and theatre in Iran.
At one time the most popular film and television star in Iran, Mary fled to America during the Revolution. Being an emancipated and westernized woman in Iran at that time could be a virtual death sentence. It still can be.
Mary was the recipient of The Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival 1977 and director producer and a playwright, Mary’s recent Critic’s Choice play, Beneath The Veil has been presented at Lincoln Center in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Geffen Playhouse here in Los Angeles, and many other world class venues. When the play was presented in Washington, DC, First Lady Laura Bush was the Co-Chair. The play deals with both the mistreatment and oppression of women in some Muslim countries and the choice that many Muslim women make to embrace their situation.
Mary has recently co-starred in the feature films Twelve Angry Men and Women with Academy Award nominee Robert Loggia, Price for Freedom with Academy Award nominees Sally Kirkland and Paul Sorvino, and Monday Nights at Seven with Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos. She has also had co-starring roles in Straw Dolls, I Am Neda, Madaran and guest starred in several episodes of Homeland. In the past she starred in many politically charged feature films such as The Mission and Checkpoint, and plays such as The Ass.
Mary is also an internationally known and respected advocate for the rights of women and children around the world. She has spoken before the U.S. Congress on the subject of women’s rights in the Middle East, especially in Iran.
Mary is profiled in the award-winning book, Green Card Stories, which describes the trials and successes of recent immigrants to the United States, including Mary’s own story of being an Iranian woman coming to this country in search of freedom.