(born April 4
) is an American
actress best known in recent years for playing Gail Leery, the title character's mother on the WB
television drama Dawson's Creek
from 1998 to 2003.
Born in Watertown, New York
at Mercy Hospital on April 4
, Humes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neale C Humes. She is a graduate of the Watertown High School
Class of 1972. Humes competed as Miss Thousand Islands in the 1973 Miss New York State contest she won the Miss Florida USA
pageant and was third runner up in the 1975 Miss USA
pageant behind eventual winner and fellow actress Summer Bartholomew
She was urged to try acting by fellow Floridian Burt Reynolds and her best known movie role is as the Vestal Virgin Miriam in Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I. Humes has a long list of guest starring roles to her credit on such diverse shows as Grey's Anatomy, The Dukes of Hazzard, Matlock, Knight Rider, Murphy Brown, The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Hardcastle and McCormick, T.J. Hooker,
Riptide and Touched by an Angel. She was also a regular on the short-lived NBC series Eerie, Indiana in 1991.
In 2000 she portrayed Hazel Show the mother of Laurie Show in the fact based film The Stalking of Laurie Show which was a made for television movie.