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

Out of the Garden of Eden

Santa Barbara's Marcy Walker leaves Eden behind in more way than one

This week marks Marcy Walker's final appearance on Santa Barbara - as personality No. 4. Playing multiple personalities has been no small feat, even for an Emmy-winning actress.

For the past six months, viewers have seen the once staid and steady Eden Capwell Castillo split - literally. Overnight, SB's most dependable, predictable heroine developed a disposition that threw viewers, as well as a few co-stars, for a loop.

"Frank Runyeon (Michael) once came up to me and said, 'Seeing Eden like this is like seeing Mr. Rogers do drugs,'" laughs Walker.

Suddenly, cast mates with whom the actress had worked closely during her six years on the show reacted to her as if she were a complete stranger. "A (Martinez, Cruz), Judith (McConnell, Sophia), and Jed (Allan, C.C.) all looked at me like I was somebody else in our scenes together," says Walker. "That was really freaky. As an actress, it's very difficult, because they're looking back at you like they don't even know you."

Yet, Walker understand their reactions to the blatantly brusque Lisa. "If somebody was having such horrific mood swings right in front of your eyes, you'd watch them differently," she says. "It's completely justified that these other characters are going to wonder, 'What in the hell is wrong with Eden?'"

Walker's "altered" alter ego, Lisa, came into being as a result of Eden's unresolved past relationship with her mother. The trouble began when Sophia disappeared, and everyone believed she was dead.

"That's the period when Lisa decided to emerge," explains Walker. "Eden had all this anger toward her mother about cheating on her father, when she was a kid. That's when the personality split sort of happened; then it submerged itself and went into remission for a long period of time.

"Emotionally, I completely comprehended why [Eden] decided not to deal with her anger and why she even had the anger to begin with," she continues. "Eden had always been the catalyst in the Capwell family in terms of trying to keep people loving each other and happy. She's always been supportive of the family unit, regardless of the problems and the pitfalls they've gone through.

"When the storyline came up, it was so wierd. Eden's been so sweet and nice and settled. She had problems but has always overcome them. Now to have seen her being all freaked out...," Walker says, her voice trailing off.

Watching Eden "lose it" was hard on Walker. "It was sad knowing there had been so much unrequited love for her family and for herself in her life... that all of her support and love for her family was conditional... that everything I'd done for the past six years as Eden had really, truly been conditional love."

To ensure she didn't step over the line as an actor, Walker researched multiple-personalities disorder thoroughly. "The writers compiled a lot of medical history on schizophrenia and split personalities," says Walker, who studied every bit of it. "I've also re-read The Three Faces of Eve and Sybil.

"I tried not to watch other people's performances," she notes. "I just tried to read up on cases so I could get some ideas. Obviously we've taken some dramatic license."

Walker's research into this subject made her aware of occassional flaws in her own on-air story. "Lisa was stronger than Eden. She's the strongest personality of any that Eden had. So Lisa plays Eden in front of her mother, father and Cruz a lot, although not very well at times," explains Walker. "In true cases, the strongest personality rarely emerges to play host in front of the family. It just wouldn't happen. Lisa would never emerge in front of her family, because she'd feel she couldn't pull it off."

Walker also made note of the actual documented transition from personality to personality. "In real life cases, it happens for minutes," she explains. "[Patients] go through sort of a trembling phase of becoming somebody else. There's a very unconscious lapse of being that they go through. We don't have the time to do that here."

Instead, Walker devised her own subtle ways of letting the audience know that Eden was transforming into Lisa and visa versa. "Obviously, the [on-screen] transition had to be quick, because we didn't have lots of time," she says. "I started off with headaches. Then there was something I did with my neck. When I came out of it [as Lisa], the position I put my eyelids in was somewhat different and so was the way I held my head to elongate my neck. Lisa also liked to play with her face and her hair.

"I didn't really like Lisa at all," Walker admits. "She was this shade of Eden... a part of Eden... sort of half-Eden and half-demon. The demon half was all anger and hatred. I don't think I missed that [when I was] playing Eden. That's not what Eden was all about."

Walker was concerned about how the split personality would affect the integrity of the Eden/Cruz pairing and the character of Cruz. "The thing I wanted to be most careful about was that Cruz not be made to look like an idiot," she explains. "He knew Eden better than anyone. That she would go through these things in front of him, turn on him as Eden, say the things that she did to him as Lisa, and that he not be aware that something was seriously wrong, I thought that would be demoralizing to the character. I wanted to make sure that the personality changes were subtle."

"Then, there was also the anger thing... Lisa being blatantly angry at Cruz at certain points," she continues. "That was difficult, because I'd like to think that all that stuff done in the past between Cruz and Eden has been real, legit and right on the money."

However, as viewers know, both Eden and Lisa are gone, a decision triggered by the producers' choice not to re-cast Walker when she leaves. Instead Eden, who was last seen going off a cliff, has taken on the personality of Suzanne Collier, an artist who was a friend of Eden's in England many years ago. For Walker, it meant the chance of portray yet another side of Eden and to be a brunette. "The wig has been such a pain in the butt," she says. "First of all, my hair has to be stuffed under this cap before I can ever put the thing on. When I do, it's been like wearing this big German shepherd on my head."

As fate would have it, the emergence of Suzanne was most untimely. No sooner had the plot twist been scripted, than Walker landed a starring role on the upcoming CBS series Palace Guard. Her inevitable departure from SB left the show's writers in a quandary - how to neatly wrap up the actress' last weeks. Walker readily admits that portraying Suzanne "was not my favorite way to leave the show, but I realize that it had to be this way because of storyline. I think when fans learned that I was leaving the show, they wanted to see as much Cruz and Eden as they could. I would have liked to play out their romance and their relationship - I think it would have been a nice gift to the audience. But unfortunately, that just couldn't be."

The character of Suzanne then turns into a fourth personality, that of Eden's late brother, Channing. It is as Channing that Eden leaves SB. (His/her departure does leave the door wide open for a Walker return.) There had been some talk about recasting, a sensitive subject.

"They've got to keep the show on an even keel," Walker says. "They thought that Eden's leaving would have a detrimental effect on the other characters. But I think [the writers] got a taste of the audience's dissatisfaction and decided not to recast and leave the door open. If the show (Palace Guard) doesn't work, I can always come back; I'm not averse to that. [Ed. note: The real Suzanne comes to SB in a few weeks when Terri Garber arrives on the show.]

While she looks forward to tackling her first nighttime series, Walker admits she's not really excited about it yet. "Right now I'm in a quagmire of emotions. It's been difficult to know that my last day here is coming. I'll get excited about the other project as it gets closer, but it's hard knowing I'll have to say goodbye."

Finally, a farewell postscript to her fans: "Thanks for giving me such a gift and for all your friendships - hopefully they can continue." * - Janet Di Lauro 

Save the last kiss for them

Santa Barbara and Cruz and Eden have been practically synonymous since the show premiered in 1984. They have more than earned their super couple status. Their pairing was an unusual as Eden was the upper-class blonde and Cruz the tough Latino from the wrong side of the tracks. But they kept with super couple tradition by experiencing plenty of problems before and after marriage, including car crashes, falls from cliffs, marriages to others, trips into a shark tank, return of past loves, paralysis, false arrests and convictions, amnesia, miscarriages, infertility, rape and, most recently, multiple-personality disorder.

Cruz and Eden's love story was one of the greatest in daytime history, but all good things must come to an end. * - Hope S. Breslauer

Soap Opera Weekly
July 30, 1991

GL's Marcy Walker "Love is the Answer"

Much like her GL character Tangie Hill, who was raised by Roger Thorpe after her parents abandoned her, Marcy's biological mother left her at a young age and the need to compete for love and attention became an imperative. Her father remarried when Marcy was six, but the actress recalls a difficult childhood, mostly due to the turbulence between her and her stepmother. Today, however, she and Marcy are the best of friends. "Now my mother and I have a really good relationship and I call her mom because she is my mom. She raised me and she loved me."

Since joining GL, Marcy has had to work through the difficulty of defining a character who was a virtual mystery, not only to fans, but also to herself. Marcy's own childhood experience may have helped her shed some light on Tangie's emotions. "I couldn't put my finger on where she (Tangie) was coming from," admits Marcy. "Then the first day I worked with Michael Zaslow (Roger), I knew. I looked into his eyes (as Roger) and I started to understand that more than anyone else, she wanted him to love her. She wanted Roger to tell her that he loved her. And that worked and it made everything else work, too."

Marcy has always pushed hard to make everything work. Since she was a kid, she has strived to be number one, expecting herself to be the very best she could be, no matter what. "I've always been a little overly critical of myself. I always think I can do better," says Marcy. The soft-spoken actress' unique ability to work through her problems and open herself up to all that life has to offer is undoubtedly the reason for her current personal and professional success. Though there have been many pitfalls along the way, (her marriage to Billy Warlock (ex-Frankie, Days) and cinematographer Stephen Collins both ended in divorce) Marcy uses her experiences to learn something more about herself. "I try not to get abysmally weighed down by the wrong choices I've made because I don't know if they were really the wrong ones," she explains.

As for the subject of marriage, Marcy is reflective and somewhat philosophical. "I think now I've come to the point where I say if I don't know what marriage is, I shouldn't be married. I think that commitment is one of the most important things you can have in life and I don't mean marriage. I mean your child and to your mate. I think a lot of people aren't taught what commitment is all about and to be totally committed to being the best person you can be for another person and for yourself is a great lesson to learn and it takes a long time."

Marcy learned about commitment first hand when she had her son Taylor, who is now five. He is unquestionably the light of her life and it shows. "He's a fabulous kid. He is so endearing. I can't believe he's mine. I'm proud of him. Everyday he says something or does something that blows me away!" Although she is hopeful that one day Taylor and his dad (Collins) will have a close relationship, she doesn't feel that children necessarily need to have both parents all the time. "Taylor's well-taken care of and he loves the male influence he has in his life."

That influence is Marcy's love of the past three years, cameraman Timberlake Lewis. The two met while he was crewing on a movie of the week called Midnight's Child, in which Marcy starred. Though she admits she was attraced to him from the beginning, she didn't make her move until Valentine's Day when she mistakingly thanked Lewis for a gift he never even sent her! But it turned out to be a real ice-breaker for the couple - they've been together ever since. "I think everybody loves to be in love. There's some chemical high that happens when your heart's beating through your throat." But on a more serious level, she adds, "Our relathionship now is a lot deeper than that. It's emotionally a lot deeper. It's about the little things because the big things like respect and trust and love - we've got those things. Those are the big gifts." For Marcy, the other gift is a career that just keeps on getting better. True Story 5/90

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