We asked Broadway actress Christine Ebersole, making three local appearances this month, about her life and career.

Christine Ebersole has played the real-life Elizabeth Arden and the fictional Ado Annie and Guinevere, but she most famously transformed on Broadway into Edith Bouvier Beale and Little Edie Beale.

Ebersole won her second Tony Award as best leading actress for the dual role in 2006’s “Grey Gardens” musical, playing the famously reclusive and odd relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy. Her most recent Broadway role – out of 13 shows over four decades – also was a real person: She was Tony-nominated for playing cosmetics mogul Arden in last year’s “War Paint,” opposite also-Tony-nominated Patti Lupone as rival Helena Rubinstein.

Ebersole has been a regular guest in the past few years of the “Broadway @” shows in Provincetown, hosted by Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky and produced by Mark Cortale. This year, Ebersole has a trifecta of local appearances with Rudetsky: 6 p.m. Thursday and July 20 at the Art House in Provincetown ($50-$100, ptownarthouse.com), followed by shows at 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Dreamland theater on Nantucket ($95 and $125, nantucketdreamland.org) and 7:30 p.m. July 24 at Cotuit Center for the Arts ($85-$195; artsonthecape.org).

Ebersole’s Broadway career includes a variety of leading roles – musical and nonmusical – including a Tony-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in “42nd Street,” and parts in “On the Twentieth Century,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Dinner at Eight,” for which she received both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations.

Ebersole also has had a busy concert schedule over the years, including the concert version of the opera “The Grapes of Wrath” at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony’s tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Pops concert version of “A Little Night Music,” and PBS concerts “Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and “The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty.”

Other fans may know Ebersole from film (“Tootsie,” “Amadeus,” “Mac and Me,” “Dead Again”) or television, though. She won awards for daytime’s “One Life to Live,” also performed on “Ryan’s Hope,” and, in prime time, has appeared on the new “Pose,” “Madam Secretary,” “Royal Pains,” “Sullivan and Son,” “Ugly Betty,” “American Horror Story,” “Retired at 35” and other shows.

Before her local appearances, we asked Ebersole some questions about her life and career, and she responded while on a Broadway on the High Seas cruise to Iceland with Rudetsky and other stage stars. Her responses via email:

When not on the road, my favorite place to be is: At home in Maplewood, New Jersey

Why I keep returning to the Cape: I love the Cape because of the beautiful landscape. There’s nothing like it in the world.

My most rewarding career accomplishment: Playing big and little Edie in “Grey Gardens.”

The career choice I wish I could change or take back: No regrets in any career choices because it’s all a learning experience.

My favorite place in the world and why: Probably Yosemite. It is the land that time forgot.

My role models: My mother and father.

The book, movie or song that made a big difference in/to my life: The documentary “Grey Gardens” had a big influence in my life.

The most impressive fellow celebrity I’ve met and why: The most impressive celebrity I had the privilege of meeting and knowing was Alan Rickman – one of the most generous people I’ve ever known.

My favorite song, actor or musician to listen to or watch: My favorite entertainer to watch is Fred Astaire.

My proudest moment: I am proudest of my family.

My worst habit: Taking in stray animals ... we are currently at five.

On my bucket list: To visit Switzerland and climb the Alps like the Von Trapp family!

I wish I could tell my younger self to: Pay attention in math class! Then I wouldn’t have to be in summer school!

The question I’m never asked (but wish I were) and my answer: What is the secret to youth, and the answer is always moisturize!

If I weren’t a performer, my career would probably be: Animal whisperer!