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January 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm #1203319142
Another soap great passes away. She had the unenviable task of taking over from Beverlee McKinsey as Alexandra Spaulding on “Guiding Light” and I always felt she did an excellent job. I loved her chemistry with Ron Raines’ Alan most especially. I really miss GL. And I will miss Mrs. Dusay. Rest in peace.
January 29, 2020 at 6:03 pm #1203319149
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I loved her as Myrna Clegg on Capitol! (: She was also great on All My Children, Santa Barbara and Guiding Light. She was an Emmy nominee in 1995 for Guiding Light. Sad to hear of her passing ):January 29, 2020 at 11:51 pm #1203319415
Sad news. It’s so strange, because I was thinking about her just the other day as I recalled the time she temporarily (and so seamlessly) stepped in for Louise Sorel as Vivian back in the early 90’s, and did such a fantastic job. Of course, I too will most fondly remember her in her iconic role as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. Any scenes she shared with Ron Raines in particular were just dynamite.
She will certainly be missed.January 31, 2020 at 10:32 am #1203321923
I am so upset by this news. She was a fantastic and accomplished soap opera actress and I will fondly remember her work as both Alexandra on “GL” and Vanessa aka Proteus on “AMC.” I always looked forward to her scenes and especially on AMC when she would share scenes with Vincent Irizarry or Josh Duhamel. I used to love when Vanessa and Palmer would argue or when Opal and Vanessa would have a disagreement.January 31, 2020 at 3:04 pm #1203322500
I have recently followed and watched member bandstandmike’s uploaded episodes of CBS’s Guiding Light to YouTube. He runs a 26-year parallel to the current month. As we are about to enter February 2020, bandstandmike will make available episodes from the month of February 1994.
Marj Dusay took over the reactivated role of Alexandra Spaulding in September 1993. (Beverlee McKinsey, who originated the role, left after an eight-year run in 1992. McKinsey died in 2008.) I liked Dusay’s work during her first year. The series, unfortunately, took a quality dive in 1994. Nevertheless, Dusay was a pro who had some misfortune in story quality. (After leading Emmy nominations for five consecutive years, from 1990 to 1994, GL was shut out of Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, and Writing despite seeing ten of its cast—including a Lead Actress nom for Dusay—nominated in 1995.)
Marj Dusay had an elegant and music-like speaking voice. A really strong one that many actors don’t have. I sometimes think of actors who have really good-sounding voices. Not just their voice training. But their very sound of their voices. I saw a clip of an episode of ABC’s All My Children (on which she played Vanessa Bennett from 1999 to 2002) in which she did a little singing while her character was holding hostage Rebecca Budig’s character Greenlee Smythe. I did not see that as it had aired. But, Dusay was really good in that moment—and she was excellent in that role.
Marj Dusay worked with the superb Vincent Irizarry, as they played mother and son on both GL and AMC. (He played Nick McHenry on GL, when worked with Dusay, followed by David Hayward on AMC.) They both made their separate stints, as mother and son, distinctive and remarkably believable.
I found myself interested in something about Marj Dusay’s personal life. Her personal experience. I did not know about it for some time. (I stopped watching GL at some point in 1994, would drop in occasionally, stop again, and repeat the process over its last remaining fifteen years. So, I missed a few things.) Shortly after she joined GL, Dusay’s son Randy died from AIDS at age 36. Dusay was frequently cast as rich and tough—and sometimes unsympathetic—women. Off-screen, she was apparently not cold or distant. (I have read from some people they met the actress in person. She was very approachable.) From what I read, Dusay was there for her son, who was diagnosed in 1986, and was involved with the community which included too many who suffered from that horrible disease. Support groups. Whatever she could do to continue gaining more information and insight.
I am sorry for this loss.
As a child of the 1970s and 1980s, who took on viewing the daytime soaps circa 1984, this is a reminder that as I get older (I turn 49 this year), the same is true of the actors I grew up watching and appreciating.
I enjoyed Marj Dusay as Myrna Clegg on CBS’s Capitol. (Dusay took over the lead role in 1983 after actress Carolyn Jones, an Oscar nominee for 1957’s The Bachelor Party and perhaps best remembered for starring on the 1960s ABC comedy series The Addams Family, was ill and unable to continue. Jones died that same year. Dusay continued with that series until it was canceled and replaced by The Bold and the Beautiful in 1987.) And I appreciated her work on Guiding Light. Good times. Bad times. Marj Dusay was professional, skilled, and talented—and committed to excellence—all times. Again—I am sorry for this loss.
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