- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2006

Mary Leslie Griffin, an actress who appeared in several local stage productions, died June 26 in a weather-related car accident on her way to her home in Silver Spring. She was 42.

Born in the District on April 5, 1964, Miss Griffin grew up in Bethesda.

She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1983 and from the Philadelphia University of the Arts with a degree in theater production and acting in 1987.

Her mother, Roberta Waller Griffin, introduced the young Miss Griffin to Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park, where she assisted in acting, writing and directing plays for youth groups.

This interest, and an appreciation for music, led her to host groups of performers during her school years.

During her adolescence, Miss Griffin lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her family had a second home near Oxford, where her father bought and restored the historic Robert Morris Inn.

Miss Griffin, who was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, appeared in numerous plays produced at theaters in Columbia, Md., Bethesda and Silver Spring.

She held the lead role at Silver Spring Stage in “Light Sensitive,” which was directed by her former husband, John Sciarretto.

She also appeared in background roles and assisted in the production of several major studio films in the D.C. area.

Miss Griffin most recently worked in training films for the FBI.

She moved to Orlando, Fla., in 1988 but returned to the D.C. area in 1993.

Miss Griffin was an excellent cook and was well-known for her annual parties. She also loved pets and raised dogs, cats, gerbils, birds and sugar gliders — small, tree-dwelling marsupials from Australia and Indonesia that resemble squirrels.

Miss Griffin is survived by a sister, Margaret Griffin Begor of Oxford; and a brother, Lt. Col. James Donald Griffin III of New Bern, N.C.

Memorial donations can be made to the animal welfare organizations Tailed Treasures of Maryland Inc. or the Talbot County Humane Society.

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