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

My Mother, Myself

From Soap Opera Digest 1996; Kathy Henderson

It's almost like family therapy when Marcy Walker and Jennifer Bassey settle in for a chat about the dysfunctional mother/daughter duo they began playing on ALL MY CHILDREN almost 14 years ago. Through sheer talent and the kind of chemistry writers pray for, Walker and Bassey take any outrageous situation-- from dueling affairs with Tad to toxic flirtations with Adam and Jonathan-- and make viewers believe it. In real life, the actresses share a warm relationship, often addressing each other in character. They become surprisingly serious when discussing Liza and Marian's endless cycle of hurtful behaivor, but with Bassey in the room, no conversation can stay too serious for long.

DIGEST: Do you remember the first time you met?

BASSEY: I remember hearing about Marcy before I met her. When I got cast, someone told me, "You'll be working with the best young actress on the show-- and you're going to have to go to bed with a 17-year-old." I said "Well, that doesn't sound too difficult."

WALKER: I remember our old house set like it was yesterday. And I remember the guy they cast to play Mr. Colby, because he had those little hairs growing out of his ears.

BASSEY: He also had a problem remembering his lines! [They laugh.] he conveniently died after a couple of months.

DIGEST: Refresh my memory: Did Marian steal Tad from Liza?

BASSEY: Oh, no, I got him first. And I was paying him good money and buying him gold chains and making him very happy. Then he started getting involved with Liza, not knowing she was my daughter. Eventually he slept with her, and I caught them in bed. That's basically what happened in the first six months-- which all families go through, don't they [laughs]?

DIGEST: Did Marian and Liza ever have a normal relationship?

BASSEY: No, no, no!

WALKER: Never. There's a desolation of spirit in Marian, and emptiness that she's passed on to her daughter-- just wanting to be loved.

BASSEY: But Liza's syndrome is that Tad was her first love and she's never gotten over what happened with him. [She turns to Walker.] You ran away, you know, and got raped by a truck driver.

WALKER [with mock exasperation]: I remember!

BASSEY: I have those scenes on tape. You come in, bruised and beaten, and say, "I'm going to tell Daddy." And I say, "You can't tell him. He's got a weak heart." And you say, "Are we talking about caring here, Mother?" It's a fabulous scene- you should have gotten an Emmy for that one. The whole crew applauded when you told me off. And I'm sitting there crying, full of self-pity. Oh geez, this woman is a sicko!

DIGEST: Marian should probably never have become a mother.

BASSEY: She's a terrible mother, darling! A lot of parents simply aren't there for their children and should never have any. If I had a child in my real life now, I would be a great mother. But if I'd had one 20 years ago, it would have been a disaster.

WALKER: I've always seen the character of Marian as having had an oppressive childhood. She lived a narrow life and married a man she didn't love. And now she wants to relive adolescence. Marian searches for that feeling of freedom through young men, because it's a part of her life she never had.

BASSEY: That's right. I want young men, period. I wasn't competing with Liza for Tad-- I met him first.

WALKER: Now she's going to defent herself.

DIGEST: Fast-forward to 1997, and Liza and Marian are still at it.

WALKER: What's nice is that when they brought these characters back, they didn't have them fixed. They have the same problems with communication and stubbornness that they always did.

BASSEY: We are damaged goods. Oh, yeah. [She turns to Walker.] You're trying hard not to emulate me, but you're very like me. You're into money and power. Of course, Marian's getting to the age where she can't get a man anymore. I have a line today where I say, "They aren't exactly lining up at my door, Liza. Time is a woman's enemy."

WALKER: But it's killing me, because I look at Jennifer on-camera and I go, "She's starting to look like my sister." I'm aging, and she looks fabulous. She says, "Well, I don't eat meat, and I don't do this and that," and I'm thinking, "I'm going to start living that life."

BASSEY: But I also... well, you know.


WALKER [laughing]: She'll tell you! Lee Mariwether [Ruth] almost fainted at a fan gathering listening to Jennifer.

BASSEY: We were at this fan club thing, and one woman came up and said, "Look at me. We're the same age. Don't I look old?" What am I supposed to say? She said, "You look better than when you started on the show 15 years ago. What are you doing?" I said, "I have a great plastic surgeon." Well, Lee Mariwether fell off her chair. The woman said, "You're kidding." And I said, "I never joke about surgeons." My cousin is a Mexican citizen and I had it done in Mexico. I didn't want it to look too pulled or phony, and I think it's a good job. I'll tell you something else-- the earlier you do it, the better. I waited too long before I did mine because I was afraid.

WALKER: Well, gosh, yes! What if you were anesthetized and they're picking your eyelids up and joking about your nose? It creeps me out that they basically move your whole face. That's scary.

DIGEST: Off the set, are you more like colleagues than mother and daughter?

BASSEY: Sometimes, we're like mom and daughter; sometimes she's the mom.

WALKER: We switch roles all the time. We're actors, so we're both psychotic; we have our moments.

BASSEY: Luckily, we never lose it at the same time.

WALKER: When Jennifer's having a bad day, with five million props and scenes getting picked up in the middle, I can support her and say, "It's cool-- we're going to do this. Everything's fine." And on days when I feel that way, she's there for me. You hope for that in any acting partner, much less somebody who's playing your mother or your daughter. You can be a fabulous actor, but unless you've got a great partner, you're nothing. And I've got a great partner.

BASSEY: Thank you for saying that, darling, but I've watched your work over the years, and even if the person you're acting with is not very good, your work is good. Marcy has never had an acting lesson in her life; she just has it. She's gifted.

DIGEST: Should Liza become a mother?

WALKER: I'm not sure that's a good choice right now. A lot of the issues involved in having a child, like postpartum depression, don't go on forever. [In real life] I have more problems with child-care help than I do with my child! [Walker has a 7-year-old son, Taylor.]

BASSEY: I think I should have your baby-- in vitro.

WALKER: Here's my idea. I think the reason you cheated on Mr. Colby is that he had another family out there. I could have a young half sister or half brother who shows up, and suddenly you're in charge of them. How horrible would that be, to see you being a good mother?

BASSEY: You should be a head writer.

DIGEST: Will Tad and Liza ever get together?

WALKER: They seem to think our characters are "action" characters who can move in a lot of directions.

BASSEY: I think it would be too much of a happy ending. People are going to want it and want it, and when it happens, it's going to be very hot and successful.

DIGEST: Liza has been almost unbeliveably sweet to Gloria.

WALKER: Let me tell you this: If it came down to a rumble, Liza would win. But seriously, I think it would be nice for Liza to have someone in her life who accepts her exactly as she is-- warts and all.

DIGEST: Your characters are at each other's throats every day, yet the two of you seem totally supportive of each other.

WALKER: We play these things that are cruel, but it works because what's really there is a lot of love. In terms of Liza and Marian, I truly believe there will be a cathartic experience between them.

BASSEY: It would be devastating.

WALKER: Devastating, but beautiful. They've got to share it. Eventually.

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