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Guiding Light and All My Children Favorite, Marj Dusay Dies At 83

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She was a force to be reckoned with on the daytime soaps, and because of it ,fans and critics alike loved her performances as Guiding Light’s Alexandra Spaulding (1993-97 and 1998-99, and 2002-09) and All My Children’s evil Vanessa Bennett (1999-2002).  But now Marj Dusay, who played these roles and so many others in her illustrious career has passed away at the age of 83.

The news came via her step-daughter, Elizabeth Perine on facebook who revealed that Marj past away on Tuesday stating: “I’m so very sad to have to tell you that my stepmother Marj passed away peacefully yesterday morning in her sleep. She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.:

But not only did Marj portray Alexandra and Vanessa on daytime, she also had stints as Myrna Clegg on Capitol, Vivian Alamain on DAYS and Pamela Conrad Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Dusay also appeared on TV in Facts of Life, The Odd Couple, Star Trek, Hogan’s HeroesMod SquadGet SmartMannixPhyllisBarnaby JonesHart to Hart and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many other series.

Share your remembrances and condolences of and for Marj Dusay in the comment section below.  But first check out these scene from her work on Guiding Light!

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  1. Momo

    January 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Loved her on Santa Barbara. She was a great actress. RIP

  2. mike

    January 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    The lady had something special that she brought to each of her roles. She was always fun to watch even when she was evil. One of the greats of daytime.

  3. Jimh

    January 29, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    She was also in 1969s Dan Curtis pilot… Dead Of Night: Darkness At Blaisdon…(spelling)

  4. Louise W

    January 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Oh, she was wonderful. Sad, sad day.

  5. Steve

    January 29, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    A daytime institution!
    Vanessa was deliciously wicked. Was sad that she left AMC when Josh Duhamel departed, however that made for quite an exit story.

    Her scenes opposite James Mitchell and Vincent Irizarry were always top notch.


  6. Lew S.

    January 29, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    So sorry to hear this. She was truly the best!

  7. Chaz

    January 29, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, sad. She was one of my favorites ….always bringing her A game to every role. Condolences to her family.

  8. JustSaying

    January 29, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    She created one masterpiece after another after another. She was truly gifted and will be missed. My condolences to her family.


    January 30, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Truly underrated actress. Loved her in each role she played. She first entered my radar on a nighttime TV movie, “Murder in Peyton Place.” Remarkable performer (who could forget her scenes with her brother Alan died in the final episodes of “Guiding Light”?).

  10. Charday

    January 30, 2020 at 5:06 am

    How sad. Rest in Peace, sweet lady.

  11. Toscanti

    January 30, 2020 at 7:47 am

    I remember her brief stint on Capitol as Myrna Clegg following the death of Carolyn Jones. I loved her on Guiding Light and All My Children. She was a great actress and I’m very sad to hear of her passing. R.I.P.

  12. Barbara

    January 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

    So sad to hear the news. You forget that as you age so do those who you watched when younger and that is how I remember her on SB, Days and AMC. RIP dear lady.

  13. Llanviewer717

    January 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Such very sad news. She did a terrific job on All My Children. May she rest in peace.

  14. Rodd

    January 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Golly! I thought of her as one of the Grand Dames of daytime TV; daytime royalty. She gave us so many wonderful performances and was always a calss act. Rest in Peace, Ms. Dusay.

  15. sonniorsolita

    January 30, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    She was always fun to watch, and somehow — I don’t know how — she managed to follow in the footsteps of the great Beverlee McKinsey and make Alexandra Spaulding her own. Different, of course, which is how it should be — no one wants to watch a pale imitation. But with a new spin on Alex, she was delightful. Rest in peace, and thank you for the entertainment.

  16. The other Lis

    February 1, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Great actress. She was so dominating on screen. She reminded you of Susan Hayward. Another soap great leaves the scene.

  17. clb

    February 1, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Sad News. I forgot how well she played Alexandra until I saw the show clips and her statement to Annie Dutton: “You are NOT a natural born shark like me!” And we believed her! Condolences to her family. Miss GL so much.

    • Rifa Martin

      February 9, 2020 at 6:48 am

      One of the best. Really enjoyed her work. RIP!

  18. Shay

    February 12, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Very sad news, indeed!!!! Miss Dusay brought a true touch of class and glamour to every soap grande dame role she inhabited, which she always portrayed with the greatest measure of style and aplomb! One was never disappointed when Marj was large and in charge of any fictional daytime locale because she clearly owned the place—-and on her own terms, to boot! She was also a very elegant, gutsy lady offscreen, as well! I fondly recall her vocal support for fellow Russell, Kansas native Senator Bob Dole in the 1996 general election…At the time, I remember thinking how brave that was for any actress working in an industry that was so hugely and blindly infatuated with all things Clinton, yet Miss Dusay never forgot either her roots, or the huge sacrifices that her hometown’s hero, Senator Dole, had made during World War II in which he was gravely injured, left maimed for life and persevered through to become one of this nation’s most influential and inspirational politicians. Due to their shared strong personal ties to the place from which they both hailed, Miss Dusay proudly and loyally campaigned for Russell’s courageous “local son” in his run for the highest office in the land. (By the way, she also tirelessly championed many Kansas state and city charities long into her successful acting career on both coasts.) Before that, I was already a major Marj Dusay fan, but from that moment on, she forever gained my admiration as a real woman of great character!!!!! She will be missed!

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