Mary Mackey was born in Berkeley and grew up in Los Gatos, CA. At age 19, Mary won Miss Northern California and went on to the Miss California pageant as Miss San Francisco. Mary then became a successful model, working in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. She graced the runway for world-renowned designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Bob Mackie, Galanos, Adolfo, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, and many others. When designer Christian Lacroix first arrived in the United States to launch his collection, Mary was selected to model for his debut runway show at 20th Century Fox Studios.
Mary went on and became an aspiring actress. Her first TV role was playing a judge opposite actor and series star Don Johnson in Nash Bridges. She studied at the respected film acting school, Full Circle Productions in San Francisco, with acting teachers Billie Shepard and John Howard Swain. After completing their film acting program Mary became an acting teacher.
While continuing to grow her acting resume in the San Francisco area, Mary began working regularly in Los Angeles, to where she relocated in 2006. Shortly after arriving in L.A., fueled by her love of the stage, Mary joined The Actors Gang Theatre ensemble in Culver City, guided by Founding Artistic Director Tim Robbins where she worked both on stage and behind the scenes in many productions. Mary continues to amass a growing body of work in film, television, and commercials.
Her work as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations is very important to her. She has read to children through the SAG Foundation BookPALS program since 1998. Mary ran the Homeless Shelter Reading arm of SAG BookPals for 5 years. She believes that encouraging kids to believe in themselves and to love reading is one of the greatest gifts of all.
In LA Mary was part of the LIFE (living in freedom everyday) program at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center. She taught life skills to the women and men inmates there for several years. One of the most life changing and purpose filled things she has ever done
Mary became Vegan 10 years ago after learning of the horrible torture animals are going through on Factory Farms.
Eating a whole food plant based diet is healthier and saves animals. Mary is also involved in her local vegan community to help educate and bring about change in local restaurants while building a more compassionate community. Through awareness and education addressing animal agriculture and what the industry is doing to the planet.
Vegan for the animals, the planet, and for our health.
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