Marcy Walker

ARTICLES
- Surprise! She's a Good Girl at Heart!
- Why Marcy Walker Kept Her Wedding A
  Secret

- Marcy Walker's Ecstatic: "I'm having a
  Baby!"

- The Love Story of Santa Barbara's Cruz
  and Eden

- Marcy Walker Mother-To-Be
- How 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 Ties
- Can Santa Barbara Survive Without
  Eden?

- Out of the Garden of Eden
- GL's Marcy Walker "Love is the Answer"

- Introducing GL’s Marcy Walker
- Kiss and Tell
- Back to the Future
- Liza Woos Tad
- Dixie and Tad's Breakup

- Psychotic role shows WALKER's
  villainous side

- Torn Between Two Loves

- The Juggler
- Liza's Manhunt
- Mother Knows Best
- The Play's the Thing
- AMC Stars Put on the Dog
- More Marcy!
- AMC News Blurb
- Love Letters
- Liza's History
- Have Suitcase, Will Travel
- Marcy Walker: "I'm Really Blessed…"
- Meet Liza Colby Chandler
- Marcy Walker chooses faith over soaps
- The New York Times
- She's found her 'Guiding Light'
- From Soaps to Serving God

INTERVIEWS
- Marcy’s most Memoral Christmas
- Marcy 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!
- "Healthstyles of the fit and famous"
- Marcy on Eden and Cruz, Eden’s Rape
  and Unforgettable Scene

- Getting 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 Journey
  Through Life Has Brought Her...Peace &
  Joy

- Beat The Clock
- Walker on the Wild Side
- Character Profile – Liza Colby

SNIPPLETS
- 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 Men
- Gown & Out in Santa Barbara
- Between Love And Hate
- FYI
- My 2 Loves
- Rating The Soap Star Hairstyles
- Bye Bye Barbara
- Performer of the Week
- "ROUND UP What is your best or worst
  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 Walker
  (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 Biggest
  Beauty Blunders

- Hit...Liza's confession on AMC
- Star Talk
- Grand Tribute
- Kicking The Habit
- High and Lau
- Round Up: Which celebrity is most like a
  soap character, and why?

- Beauty Secrets: Personally Speaking
- Soap Talk: Question: Do you have a
  favorite household invention?

- A Big Break
- A Mother’s Love
- Love's First Blush Tad & Liza: All Fired
  Up!

- Hello, Again
- Behind The Scenes at the SOD Awards
- ABC News Blurb
- Picky, Picky
- Best storyline on All My Children-Liza and
  Adam's Romance

- Fowl Play

Liza with a Zing

Marcy Walker reflects upon the luck of the draw, the love of her life, and keeping in touch with her inner bad girl

There are moments in everyone's life that define who they are. But Marcy Walker can't whittle down her existence to mere moments. Rather, she meticulously divides her years into three eras and doesn't apologize for what an analysis of them inevitably would mean - that in spite of marriage, divorce, motherhood, an enviable career spanning nearly 20 years, and even a Best Actress Daytime Emmy victory, she is still very much a work in progress.

"When I first came to All My Children, I was extremely naive," recalls the Kentucky native, who made her debut as Marian Colby's vicious teenage daughter, Liza, in 1982. "It was my first time being away from my family. I was learning about life and who I was and about being an actor, all at the same time."

"And I can't say that is was without its stumbles," she adds, "because I definitely had those. But I was really, really lucky to have this show be my first experience in terms of daytime."

EXIT TO EDEN

For two years, the raw recruit honed her skills at AMC alongside some of the most prestigious performers in serials - Ruth Warrick (Phoebe), Susan Lucci (Erica) and Dorothy Lyman (ex-Opal), among them - while her comtemptuous pixie-haired alter ego did her best to bust up supercouple Jenny Gardner and Greg Nelson and to settle down her conniving equal, Tad "The Cad" Martin. "I was probably, out of the whole circle of the young performers, the most clueless," Walker admits, "about what was expected of me and what my responsibilities were. I was lucky that I paid attention and that I respected these people who did it so well and so effortlessly."

But those good old days were just the beginning. Little did Walker realize when she left New York and joined a quirky new NBC soap called Santa Barbara that her star would go from rising slowly and steadily to shooting skyward at mach speed. Nor could she have predicted that her protrayal of SB's beleaguered heiress Eden Capwell would win her an Emmy in 1989...or that in short order, her personal life would go through many changes, including a divorce and the birth of her son, Taylor, now 10. "I felt like I got on track around the time I had him. I had spent that second part of my life, from 20 to 30, finishing the first."

Be Careful What You Wish For

In 1991, Walker decided to branch out and opted to leave daytime for the lead in Palace Guard, a new series from Stephen J. Cannell, the creator of the A-Team. Much to her chagrin, she discovered that the grass wasn't greener on the other side. "I didn't know that I didn't want that [primetime] until I was in the middle of it," she reflects. "It wasn't that it turned me off, but it just didn't turn me on." Fortunately for the actress, the audience felt the same way about the series as she was feeling about her post-soap career. The show was canceled after only four weeks.

Two years later following a string of TV movies, including Terror of the Shadows, with Genie Francis (Laura, General Hospital), Walker received an offer she couldn't refuse. Former SB executive producter Jill Farren Phelps invited her to return to Manhattan and join the cast of Guiding Light, the serial that Phelps was helming at the time. But though Walker's arrival as the mysterious Tangie Hill was hyped to high heaven, the experience was less then stellar. "The character wasn't working," she explains. "I wasn't working. I felt that I was lost - that I was missing the great dance."

So when the drama where she originally had earned her stripes asked her to return, she leapt at the opportunity.

Grace Under Pressure

In 1995, a more fully evolved Liza and her portrayer resurfaced in Pine Valley. "This third part of my life has been about learning who I am and my personal worth", shared Walker. "You have to be a gracious and encouraging person in life - I think that's almost a necessity these days - but at the same time, it's completely all right to expect others to treat you well and to appreciate and to be loving to you. Some people learn it very early on what their personal worth is; with others, it just takes longer."

Although emotionally, she may be a late bloomer these days, Walker is having no identity crisis. "I am Taylor's mom," she states emphatically, "and I'm a pretty darn good mother. I have a good relationship with my son. Careerwise, I feel I'm good at what I do. I know I try really hard at it. I still will not go a day without giving it everything I've got."

Walker's co-stars agree. In March, after this year's Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, many of her castmates lamented the fact that her name was conspicuously absent from the ballot. "Marcy is so good that nobody know she's good," suggests Jennifer Bassey, who plays her mom, Marian. "They don't know how wonderful she is. But when you work with her, that's when you really are impacted. I think she's the best actress on daytime television."

Adds Kelly Ripa (Hayley): "Marcy is brilliant. She just walks in; she doesn't have to say anything, and she should win an Emmy."

However, Walker herself was not offended by what many critics considered a snub. Instead she is diplomatic and refreshingly forthright about the voting process. "Across the breadth of this whole industry, we have a lot of really great people," she says, "and a lot of people who really deserve to be recognized aren't. I was not discouraged that I wasn't nominated. It's always an incredible honor [to make the cut], but it wasn't meant to be."

This Year's Model

Instead of dwelling on what wasn't or what could have been, Walker is reveling in what is. And that is Liza. Like her portrayer, the former adolescent Jezebel has experienced an evolution. From troublemaker to executive to mommy. "Every day it's a new challenge," says the actress. "Right now, I'm playing the new person that she's become through really accepting that she's loved and having the love of her child and having all the things that she thought she'd never have that she always wished for."

"This way," she adds," the audience, the writers and everybody else are allowed to bring her back to her original horribleness if they ever wanted to do that."

So, it is safe to assume that naughty Liza has not disappeared for good? "Bad girl's just sleeping," Walker replies with a laugh. "She can come back anytime, and I hope they do bring her back. I really do. I just loved the way they wrote for her [as a vixen]. It was so great. I'd walk away flushed from the day because it was really an achievement to get to that place, and it was really fun."

 

Walker may very well get her wish. Who knows how Liza will react when the truth is revealed that Adam is really Colby's biological father. "I think she's going to be pretty mad when she finds out the truth," offers her portrayer. "But who knows? It's all hypothesis for me. I said to David [Canary, Adam/Stuart], 'What would be the great thing to do is for her to reject her daughter'...for her to become so emotionally distraught over what he did that she completely rejects her child. Then eventually she could come back to falling in love with him and Colby. It could be kind of interesting."

A Simple Life

While her character's home life could fall apart at any minute, reality for Walker is much more stable. Currently single, the actress and her son recently moved from Manhattan back to Connecticut, where they had been residing previously. "I really missed having a home," she shares. "And he wasn't getting nearly enough exercise. I was selfishly hoping that I would be able to make my commute better and have more time for my son by living in the city, but that didn't seem the case. So, I just said, 'Forget it. I'm not going to be proud. I'm just going to pack up my junk and go."

Now the two are enjoying life in the country, where they attend church, Taylor participates in Little League, and Walker putters around the yard and makes Dunkin'Donut coffee runs. Would she ever consider saying "See ya" to showbiz in exchange for a more "normal" existence? "I could," she reveals, "But I'd like to work like a dog for the next 10 years or more - as long as they'll have me. And if I couldn't do what I do now, I'd still want to be a part of [soaps], but in a different function. I would hope that they would sew me back together and shove me somewhere. Anything but Xeroxing - I'm never good at that." SID 8/10/99





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