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Celeste Chapman was Piper and Cal's grandmother, and also the mother of Bill Chapman and mother-in-law of Carol Chapman. She is portrayed by Mary Looram.

Physical Appearance[]

She was an older petite woman with gray/white hair and wrinkles.


Before Piper's incarceration[]

As a scholar, Celeste kissed a girl named Mary Straley, but discovered that she preferred boys.

At some point in her life, Celeste married Bill's father and gave birth to Bill Chapman.

After Piper catches her father having an affair, Piper decides to speak to Celeste about it. Celeste reveals she is unaware of her son's actions. Instead of being angry, she praises Piper for her use of the word 'hypocrite'. Piper expresses her hurt feelings over how Carol got angry at Piper for telling the truth about Bill's affair. Celeste attempts to shed some light, and tells Piper Carol was just upset. Celeste tells Piper she needs to make choices that cause the least pain to everyone by keeping things to herself and sitting on information and feelings and to live with her secrets. Piper explains that that way of life does not interest her, which Celeste agrees with. This influences Piper's later choice on whether or not to name Alex in Chicago. ("Thirsty Bird")

When Piper tells her family of her crimes, Celeste reveals to Cal her experimental past, and then asks Piper what she did with the money. When Piper says she wasn't in it for the money, Celeste acts shocked. ("I Wasn't Ready")

Season Two[]

Celeste was Piper's dearly beloved grandmother. Piper seeks furlough after she recieves the news that her grandmother is on her deathbed. When Piper calls her mother to tell her that her furlough has been approved, she learns that Celeste has passed away. Piper is able to attend her grandmother's funeral, which also played host to her brother's wedding, while out on furlough ("40 OZ of Furlough"). 


Season 1[]

"I Wasn't Ready"

Season 2[]



  • She once kissed a girl named Mary Straley in her schooldays, but it "wasn't for her", as she mentions in "I Wasn't Ready".



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