Marcy Walker

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

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

- 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

- 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

- 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 &

- Beat The Clock
- Walker on the Wild Side
- Character 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 Men
- Gown & Out in Santa Barbara
- Between Love And Hate
- 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

- 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

From Soaps to Serving God 
Former `All My Children' star now a youth minister in Cornelius

Religion Editor

The new director of children's ministries at Lake Forest Community Church in Cornelius has recovered from the brain tumor that made her so paranoid she pushed someone out a window.
She's through with the power-hungry older man she married and divorced three times. She was so mad during Marriage No. 3, she had an affair, got pregnant, got caught cheating and miscarried after a shoving match with her husband at his mansion.

She and her mother are over the fact they had an affair with the same guy at the same time. But wait! We left out the most incredible part of Marcy Smith's life story. All this made-up dirt went down on TV, when she was soap opera star Marcy Walker. Proving once again that life can take some crazy turns, she has walked away from the soaps, taken her married name (Smith) and embraced her most meaningful role yet: Sharing the joy of faith with children.

They might not let Liza Colby -- her "All My Children" character who endured all that misery and more -- near a church. Marcy Smith is welcome any time. On the A list.

To those for whom soap operas have been a constant, comforting companion, it doesn't get much bigger than Marcy Walker.She still gets recognized regularly as Colby of "All My Children," where she began as a confused kid in 1981 and grew up to become a vixen by the time she went off the show in 2004. "Santa Barbara" loyalists still love her as good-girl Eden Capwell Castillo from the 1980s, even though the soap was canceled. To "Guiding Light" fans, she'll always be Tangie Hill, the woman with the mysterious past.

Sweet one moment, a schemer the next -- Smith, 44, was so good at it all that she won a Daytime Emmy, not to mention Best Death Scene in some distant soap-opera honor, the details of which now escape her.

Among the stars with whom she worked: On "All My Children," soap icon Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, of course), and Regis Philbin's pal, Kelly Ripa. On "Santa Barbara," movie actress Robin Wright Penn (Sean's wife), who played her sister. Lynn Leahey, editorial director of Soap Opera Digest in New York, called Smith an A-list soap star, someone with the talent to infuse even the easy-to-loathe Liza Colby with humanity.

"You really could feel sorry for Liza and the horrible things she did," Leahey said.

Smith -- possessing a pastor's heart way back when -- tried to portray Colby as a character in need of what most everyone needs. "The heart of who she was," Smith said, "was someone who desperately wanted to be loved." But after years of filling fans' afternoons with lust and intrigue, and getting the fame and other perks that go with it, Smith began yearning for more.

`Straw that broke my back'

Smith said she grew up in a home where religion played no part. It was during her years filming in New York that she began moving in another direction. She became active at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Wilton, Conn., teaching children in Sunday school, helping with vacation Bible school, starting to see another side to her life. She said they'd sometimes shoot soap scenes out of order so she could participate in Bible study.

"God," she said, "opened a door."

What moved her to burst through the door was the death of several show-biz colleagues over the years -- "actors, directors, writers" -- from causes including AIDS and drugs. When a dear friend from "Santa Barbara" died a year ago from liver failure, that did it.

"The straw that broke my back," Smith called it .

She prayed for God to come into her life and take it. She prayed for a new direction. She left "All My Children" in 2004. Her character, Liza, snatched her daughter and ran away, never to be seen again except in flashbacks.

Having already risen to the job of director of children's ministry at her Connecticut church while continuing to act, she knew what she wanted to do full-time. Then she learned about an attractive job opening: A young, fast-growing congregation in north Mecklenburg with a heart for drawing people back to church was seeking someone to work with its children. She was hired from a field of 60 candidates.

Smith and her husband, Douglas, and their 16-year-son, Taylor, moved to Huntersville last August.
The next act had begun.

The past is the past. With the occasional soap-opera flashback, TV movie reruns, an agent who still calls and an Internet that makes old photos available at the click of a mouse, Smith can't escape her past.

Many folks at church know what she used to do for a living. She gets recognized on the street. People will come up to her and say they met their spouse at college while watching one of her old soaps between class. She loves the way soaps have been a friend to so many people, though she does urge people to watch them with caution, especially with kids around. She still picks up a soaps magazine in the checkout line every now and then.

Sometimes a fan will bring up one of her failed pilots (she played a lawyer in "Bar Girls") or old TV movie. Her body of work includes a 1996 offering that fell short of an Oscar -- "Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17." She played Lt. Kathy Leone, a "SWAT Team Barbie," she called her, with a ponytail. But she recalls it all with a laugh, comfortable that the past is the past and now is now.

Today, she's fulfilling the role of a church leader willing to share her "bumps in the road," as she calls them, for the higher purpose of convincing people it's never too late for faith to blossom.
For life to change.

For Marcy Smith, it's no act.

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