Byrne, whose birth name is Mary Martha Byrne, began her acting career on Broadway in the hit musical Annie, in which she played the role of July and also understudied the title role. On television, Byrne starred in When the Cradle Falls, a CBS movie-of-the-week. She appeared in numerous primetime series including Murder, She Wrote; Kate and Allie; Jake and the Fatman; In the Heat of the Night; Doogie Howser, M.D.; The Young Riders; Parker Lewis; Over My Dead Body; Pros and Cons, with James Earl Jones; and Hearts are Wild, as Lainie Kazan's daughter. She starred in the 1983 summer series The Hamptons and appeared in the television films Pink Lightning; Drop-Out Father, with Dick Van Dyke and Mariette Hartley; She's Hired, He's Fired, with Wayne Rogers and Karen Valentine; The Harvest on PBS; HBO's Anna to the Infinite Power, in which she played the title role; and the Disney Channel's The Eyes of the Amaryllis. She also lists working with Bob Hope on one of his specials as a highlight in her career.
Byrne has also released three CDs, Martha Byrne, which includes songs that she has performed on As The World Turns; Woman Thing Music; and most recently, The Other Side. In addition, she just produced the soundtrack to the Calista Flockhart film Jane Doe.
Since 1996, Byrne has hosted the annual Daytime Television Salutes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit, where daytime stars from ABC, NBC, and CBS meet and greet fans and treat them to live musical performances. Daytime devotees have the opportunity to mingle with the stars, as well as bid on over 100 auction items, with all profits going toward the hospital.
Martha currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Michael McMahon, and sons, Michael (born May 29, 1998) and Maxwell (born Sep 3, 2002), and daughter, Annmarie.
June 17, 2009 to September 10, 2009
The Bold and the Beautiful
April 2009 to Present
As The World Turns
April 2000 to December 12, 2003
When the Cradle Falls
December 12, 1991
HBO's Anna to the Infinite Power
Disney Channel's The Eyes of the Amaryllis
She's Hired, He's Fired
As The World Turns
Lily Walsh Mason Snyder Grimaldi Snyder
April 1985 to October 1989; April 1993 to April 22, 2008
Released an album in 2005 entitled, The Other Side
PLACE OF BIRTH: Ridgewood, New Jersey
HAIR COLOR: Brown
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Michael McMahon [Nov 12, 1994]
CHILDREN: Son, Michael Terrence McMahon [May 29, 1998]; son, Maxwell Vincent McMahon [Sep 3, 2002 at 11:50 a.m.; weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz and measured 21 inches long.]; daughter, Annmarie McMahon [Jun 12, 2006; weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz and measured 20 inches]
News Archive: Byrne, husband expecting second child. [Mar 4, 2002]
News Archive: Byrne nixes contract, will exit ATWT. [Feb 29, 2008]
News Archive: Byrne offers her side of ATWT exit story. [Mar 17, 2008]
News Archive: Martha Byrne to host Soap Central Red Carpet Daytime Emmys coverage [May 27, 2011]
News Archive: Ricky Paull Goldin previews new web series, Beacon Hill. [Feb 28, 2014]
News Archive: The Weight is Over: Martha Byrne's comedy series to debut online [Jul 23, 2015]
News Archive: ATWT alum Martha Byrne returns to the stage [Oct 25, 2016]