A daytime favorite, Marj Dusay appeared on such daytime dramas as Santa Barbara (1987-1988) and Capitol (1983-1986), but she is best known to daytime audiences for her portrayal of Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. In 1995, it was this role that garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress. Ms. Dusay earned a second Daytime Emmy nomination in 2002 for a special fan-voted award as America's Favorite Villain for her work as All My Children's Vanessa Bennett.
Marj Dusay, born Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney in Russell, Kansas, began her career in the ground-breaking, L.A. based improvisational comedy group, The Session, with Rob Reiner and Richard Dreyfuss. Her motion picture debut was with Elvis Presley in Clam Bake. Her other feature film credits include MacArthur, Breezy, Made in Heaven, Love Walked In, and Sweet November.
Along with being accomplished on the stage, this prolific actress has had lead roles in such series as Facts of Life, Sons and Daughters, Bret Maverick, Studio 5-B, and Cliff Hangers. She has also guest-starred in over 150 television series, including WKRP in Cincinnati, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Heat of the Night, Perfect Strangers, Murder, She Wrote, Dallas, and Star Trek. Her television work also includes miniseries credits, Daughters of Privilege, Wheels, and Fire in the Sky.
Ms. Dusay served as the Kansas Film Commissioner from 1984-98 and was active in the organization's efforts to bring the film world to her home state of Kansas. Ms. Dusay was avid golfer and the mother of actress Deborah Dusay Blocker and the late Randall Dusay. Ms. Dusay became an advocate for to find a cure for HIV/AIDS after her son died of AIDS in 1993.
1983 to 1987
A Chronicle of Corpses
The Facts of Life
1981 to 1987
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Vanessa Bennett, All My Children, 2003)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Russell, Kansas
DATE OF BIRTH: February 20, 1936
PASSED AWAY: January 28, 2020