- Surprise! She's a Good Girl at Heart!
- Why Marcy Walker Kept Her
Walker's Ecstatic: "I'm having a
- The Love
Story of Santa Barbara's Cruz
- Marcy Walker
Soap Stars Raise Their Kids
- Marcy Walker: On marriage, motherhood,
and those sizzling love scenes
- Marcy's Paris Diary
- SB Eden '91 Going Away Party
- Marcy Talking
About A Martinez
- Cruz and Eden's Family
Santa Barbara Survive Without
- Out of the Garden of Eden
Marcy Walker "Love is the Answer"
- Introducing GLs Marcy Walker
- Kiss and Tell
- Back to the Future
- Liza Woos Tad
- Dixie and Tad's Breakup
role shows WALKER's
- Torn Between Two Loves
- The Juggler
- Liza's Manhunt
- Mother Knows Best
- The Play's the Thing
- AMC Stars Put on the
- More Marcy!
- AMC News Blurb
- Love Letters
- Liza's History
- Have Suitcase, Will
- Marcy Walker: "I'm Really
- Meet Liza Colby
- Marcy Walker chooses faith over soaps
- The New York Times
- She's found her 'Guiding Light'
- From Soaps to
- Marcys most Memoral Christmas
Walker: "I love 'playing' a baddie ...
but wish people wouldn't hate me! I'm not
like Liza at all!"
- The Best Days of her Life ... are now!
of the fit and famous"
- Marcy on Eden and Cruz, Edens Rape
and Unforgettable Scene
Intimate with Santa Barbara's A
Martinez and Marcy Walker
- Interview from Soap Opera Update
- Marcy Walker on Liza Colby
- The Beginning of an Actress
- Walker, Pine Valley Ranger
- AOL 1995 Chat
- AOL 1998 Chat
- Cameron Clicks
- My Mother, Myself
- Marcy Walker Interview with TV Guide
- Liza with a Zing
- Marcy Walker's Serpentine
Through Life Has Brought Her...Peace &
- Beat The Clock
- Walker on the Wild Side
Profile Liza Colby
- Look Who's In Love...
- Clean up your act!
- Video Vixen
- Moving Madness
- Liza Drops a Bomb
- Sounding Board
- Soap Violence
- What was the Best Present you ever
gave at christmas?
- Guiding Light
- Runner-Up: Marcy Walker as Liza Colby
- Surprise Twist
- Leaders among Leading
- Gown & Out
in Santa Barbara
- Between Love And Hate
- My 2 Loves
- Rating The Soap
- Bye Bye Barbara
- Performer of the Week
- "ROUND UP What is your best or
memory of going back to school?
- Hot Shot
- Will You Marry Me?
- Let's Do Brunch
- SOW names Marcy performer of the
week for w/o Dec. 2
- Hit ... The ugly
truth on AMC
- Performer of the Week
- Applause, Applause - Marcy
(Liza, All My Children)
- AMC Beauty falls for Younger Guy!
- A Mother's Nature
- Real Life
Duos and where they are now
- Beauty Bar - Stars Reveal Their
confession on AMC
- Star Talk
- Grand Tribute
- Kicking The Habit
- High and Lau
- Round Up: Which celebrity is most like
soap character, and why?
- Beauty Secrets: Personally
- Soap Talk: Question: Do you have a
favorite household invention?
- A Big Break
- A Mothers Love
First Blush Tad & Liza: All Fired
- Hello, Again
- Behind The
Scenes at the SOD Awards
- ABC News Blurb
- Picky, Picky
storyline on All My Children-Liza and
- Fowl Play
|Liza Woos Tad
Given their tangled
romantic history, Tad and Liza seemed destined to renew their love/hate relationship once
Ms. Colby returned. The surprise for ALL MY CHILDREN viewers is that a series of brief
kisses between adults could ignite so much dramatic tension. As Liza explained with mock
innocence, "It was two overstimulated minds having an uncontrollable moment."
Retorted the always quotable Tad, "I didn't kiss your mind." Watching Tad, Liza
and Dixie engage in their romantic tug-of-war, we can't help but identify with all three
of them. On one side is loyal Dixie, standing firm for her family and attempting to serve
as her husband's moral compass. Enter Liza, the naughty girl from Tad's youth, back in
Pine Valley feeling successful, sexy and very, very available. Experienced at pushing
Tad's buttons, she unearthed his ambition and his love of the limelight when he agreed to
host the hit talk show THE CUTTING EDGE. The most unique element of this story is its
setting: the workplace. Tad and Liza's playful sparring looks familiar to anyone who has
ever spent the day in an office filled with self-confident achievers. Even in this era of
sensitivity to sexual harassment, many of us have fantasized about -- or even indulged in
-- a flirtation with an attractive co-worker. AMC is tapping into that dangerous urge to
mix business with pleasure -- and allowing viewers to take sides. (So far, Dixie's
supporters are the most vocal.) It's always a joy to see Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cady
McClain (Dixie) and Marcy Walker (Liza) sparring, attacking and flirting with each other.
By casting Tad as a would-be Geraldo, AMC gives Knight the chance to display his charm
while subtly nudging the worst aspects of tabloid TV. After an unsatisfying stint on
GUIDING LIGHT, Walker is making the most of every moment as scheming Liza. And in the
thankless side of the triangle, Cady McClain remains strong, even as homebody Dixie's
every move seems to push her husband closer to his lovely boss. Keep it going, AMC --
you've created a juicy story that has viewers on the edge of their seats.
Dixie and Tad's Breakup
A wife discovers her husband's infidelity
and angrily leaves town: This simple plot twist became a feast for ALL MY CHILDREN fans as
Dixie Cooney Martin departed for Pigeon Hollow, ending the marriage of one of the show's
most beloved couples. Beautifully written and performed, Dixie and Tad's breakup was a
textbook example of great soap storytelling and a triumph for the actors involved. After
McClain made a personal decision to leave AMC, we watched the scenes leading up to Dixie's
exit with a vague feeling of dread. The now-famous tape of Tad confessing his adultery
with Liza seemed to dangle for weeks before Marian finally played it over the loudspeaker
at WRCW. We expected a few tears and bitter words before Dixie said goodbye. Instead, AMC
gave us a complex mini-story that was alternately touching and harrowing. Dixie's goodness
and morality were juxtaposed with the ugly spitefulness of Marian, who can't get over her
long-ago fling with a teenaged Tad. Caught in the middle were Tad and Liza, the guilty
parties who nevertheless managed to draw sympathy from viewers familiar with their
complicated relationship. By now, it's almost a cliche to praise a soap's effective use of
history. But AMC drew on layer upon layer of backstory in crafting Dixie's emotional
farewells. Think of the unselfish love Adam (yes, Adam) expressed in his scene with Junior
... the sadness in Tad's eyes as he admitted that he couldn't promise not to hurt Dixie
again ... Dixie's anguished breakdown when Tad left her at Adam's mansion ... Tad numbly
reaching out to touch Dixie's pillow on his first night alone. And let's not forget Liza's
heartbroken reaction to her mother's treachery. As a reminder of Marian's unsavory past,
AMC unearthed a terrific circa-1983 clip showing this Mom-From-Hell treating a youthful
Tad and Liza with the casual cruelty that remains her specialty. Though Liza must have
dreamed of the day Dixie would be out of Tad's life, she seemed genuinely crushed at the
hurt caused by her incriminating tape. This challenging material brought out the best in
every actor involved: McClain, Michael E. Knight (Tad), Marcy Walker (Liza), Jennifer
Bassey (Marian), David Canary (Adam) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe). We could feel the
connections between these actors, even when their characters were being presented in an
unflattering light. All in all, it was a fitting sendoff for Dixie and a reminder of what
makes AMC such a special show.
Psychotic role shows WALKER's villainous side.
Some might wish it wasn't so, but it's
still something of a novelty when daytime-TV stars appear together in prime-time. The
latest example is "Terror in the Shadows", airing Oct. 16, which pits two
popular soap opera actresses against each other. Marcy Walker plays a psychotic woman who
was committed to a mental hospital after killing her child and the baby's foster mother.
She escapes, and goes after the child's adoptive father, (Leigh J. McCLOSKY, who plays
Damian SMITH on "General Hospital").
The crazed woman secretly moves into the
basement of the family's home and terrorizes them, while planing revenge for perceived
offenses of the past. The movie also stars Genie FRANCIS (alias "General Hospital's"
Laura, and also an alumna of "All My Children" as well as "Days
of Our Lives"); "Another World's" Victoria WYNDHAM; and Mark D.
ESPINOZA, formerly Jesse on "Beverly Hills, 90210".
"It's been a while since I last
played a psycho," Walker said. "I just had to keep remembering that she was
coming from a position of believing she was incredibly right. Her sole objective came from
a place so dark, the only way she could keep even a shred of sanity was to believe she was
unjustifiably accused. The history is that she's killled her own child, so it makes her
seem even more crazy that she can't accept her own psychosis." In line with that,
Walker was determined to keep her performance subtle, until the inevitable moment-of-truth
scene between the central characters at the end. "It would have become too arch if I
had played her as a true villain," said Walker, who appears as Liza on "All
My Children"? after stints on "Guiding Light" and "Santa
Barbara" (which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award).
"There's nothing wrong with playing
someone who's that psychotic that way, but I felt people could judge our performances
harshly if they wished, because most of us in the cast are from daytime. I thought if one
of us made the choice to play a character is a way that might be considered too much if it
didn't work, it would be easy to take shots." As that rationale indicates, Walker
said there still are pre-conceptions attached to actors who have made names for themselves
in the daytime-drama realm, then work with others of that ilk in evening-TV projects.
"We open ourselves up to a bit more of a critical eye in some ways"? she said,
"especially when we're all paired together in a move-of-the-week. "It's easy
(for reviewers) to take advantage of that. I am very proud to be associated with daytime
television, but inevitably in any interview I do I'm asked, 'Do you think the daytime
stigma is over?'" Walker has tried to break that by doing other prime-time ventures,
including the TV-movies "Babies" and "Overexposed"? as
well as the short-lived series "Palace Guard" and a "Perry Mason"
caper that was filmed in Paris.
"We have come a long way", she
said of herself and other daytime stars, "but the reason we always hear that question
is that the stigma isn't gone. Otherwise, people wouldn't ask". Someone decided
somewhere along the line that we shouldn't be proud of what we do (in daytime), Walker
said, "but for the rest of my life, people will stop me on the street and identify me
with Liza Colby or ("Santa Barbara's") Eden Capwell. This is our lineage.
It's where we came from and what made us (career-wise)." Therefore, Walker doesn't
deny the "hook" the networks have in mind when teaming daytime
personalities in prime-time, especially at a point of year when counterprogramming major
sports events by appealing largely to female viewers is a big consideration.
"We all know why we've been grouped
together", Walker said."We weren't offered this movie because we're fabulous
actors, but because they can get the daytime audience to watch. Still, if you were to rely
just on that, you'd figure you wouldn't have to do a great job. All you'd have to do is
show up, Because theyd get their ratings anyway. It wouldn't matter whether it was
great... but many people do care about their work, and we were lucky enough to get a lot
of them in this movie". Walker herself is concernded with being able to expand beyond
the general image she's established in her daytime work, and she thought tackling her
"Terror in the Shadows" character "would be good, because it would
remind everybody that I can do other stuff, too".
Ironically, that's part of the reason
Walker has returned to ABC's "All My Children", since she defines Liza as
a 'bad' girl, a manipulative little preppie. "I started playing her when I had just
turned 18, and ultimately, you started to feel sorry for her". She had absolutely
nothing in her life except her quest to get this guy she thought would become her husband,
but he fell in real love with someone else. The audience eded up taking tremendous pity on
her, even though they hated her guts because she was so evil. There was something just so
sad about her, though she was doing awful things to everybody else, and that was a nice
double edge to play.
"Torn Between Two Loves"
By day, Marcy WALKER plays
Adam's wife, and by night, Taylor's mother.
Marcy WALKER isn't home each afternoon to
rustle up a batch of chocolate-chip cookies for her 8-year-old son, Taylor. Neither is she
about to play homeroom mother any time soon. Her job, playing Liza Colby, the most
ambitious TV executive this side of Faye Dunaway's character in Network, keeps her from
turning into June Cleaver. But her daytime job isn't about to keep her from being a good
parent. "There's more that I'd like to do, but I can't, because I'm in this conundrum
of scheduling", she says. "We never know our schedule until two weeks in
advance, so it's hard to volunteer for anything with the school, which is something that
is important not only to your child's self-esteem, but to your community, too, so that
people know you care enough to be a part of it".
Although the actress sometimes feels
powerless to satisfy her son's needs, she is encouraged by the fact that she can be an
example to him. "You can set a standard and become a healthy role model if you show
your child that you live up to your work responsibilities", she explains.
"Taylor knows that I'm not going to let anyone down at work, that when I say I'm
going to be there and be prepared, I am".
The trust that WALKER has tried to nurture
in her son, Taylor, is an essential ingredient in her working relationships as well. This
hit home for her when she returned to AMC in 1995, after a 10-year absence during which
she had a successful run as Eden Castillo on SANTA BARBARA, and a frustrating stint as
Tangie Hill on GUIDING LIGHT. She recalls that the first week back was really weird.
"Michael [E. KNIGHT,Tad] and I looked
at each other after all these years", she says, "and it was strange. Now it
feels like home, normal again. You never know if the trust is going to be there, and
that's a wonderful gift that you give to your acting partners".
"You say, 'I'm not going to steal
anything away from you, because we're going to do it together. You can trust me with your
emotions, your ideas, your organic moments, and I'm not going to pull the rug out from
"It's sort of like a dance", she
continues. "You have to trust that your partner isn't going to drop you when you're
doing a dip". Sometimes I'll decide not to say a line a certain way, because I want
to show a little vulnerability or defensiveness, and it will affect Michael. It's not
something we discuss ; we just know.
"When I was on SB, A MARTINEZ (Cruz)
also know those rules and those wonderful joys, and together we were able to create this
mind-expanding thing", she says. "Then I had the experience of going to GL,
which made me feel that I was lost, that I was missing the great dance, because I was
doing a character who wasn't a character. I wasn't working".
She admits that it wasn't a great
experience career-wise. "But it made me realize that I wanted all that back again.
So, when they asked me to return to AMC, I was like a dying man in the Sahara, searching
for water. Because I knew that right where I had learned how to dance is the place they
were asking me to come back to and do it all over again. My God, why wouldn't you take the
opportunity ? Here I was, stepping back into these scenes with people like Susan [LUCCI,
Erica] and Michael and David CANARY [Adam, Stuart], going, 'Wow, I don't even have to
thirst for this great dance -- it's just here".
All work and no play...
CANARY is equally enthusiastic about the
mutual trust and respect that fuel the relationship between him and his on-screen wife.
"Marcy is so articulate", he says. "We have a wonderful rapport, which I
think comes through on-screen".
If he were to criticize his costar at all,
he wouldn't accuse her of being a slacker, but rather of overanalyzing her performance.
"Once in a while, she gets jammed up trying to think her way through a scene",
he explains, "and that's certainly what every good actor should do. But sometimes the
writing is not on a straight enough track so that logic will take you there. Every so
often I feel that I help her by saying, 'Stop thinking. Let's just jump in and see what
I'm the Boss
WALKER cherishes the support that she
receives on the set, because when she comes home, no bones about it, she's the grown-up.
"There was a time when I thought, 'I have no idea what I'm doing", she recalls,
adding that she shared her fears with expectant parents Kelly RIPA [Hayley] and Mark
CONSUELOS [Mateo], who welcomed their first child in June. "I told Kelly that the
scariest thing is that there's no turning back. Try feeling so lost and being the leader
and then dealing with the stress of work. It's very hard. I don't know how people do
At least where parenthood's concerned,
WALKER doesn't subscribe to the "practice makes perfect" notion. "I said to
Kelly that one of the things I feel very proud of as a parent is that I've apologized. I'm
setting up a good example, so that when Taylor's wrong he doesn't have to be too ashamed
to come to me to say he's sorry".