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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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Momo
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Momo

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

mike
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mike

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.

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Louise W
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Louise W

Oh, she was wonderful. Sad, sad day.

Steve
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Steve

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.

RIP

Lew S.
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Lew S.

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

Chaz
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Chaz

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

JustSaying
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JustSaying

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

RICKIE BOGUILLE
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RICKIE BOGUILLE

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”?).

Charday
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Charday

How sad. Rest in Peace, sweet lady.

Toscanti
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Toscanti

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.

Barbara
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Barbara

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.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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

Rodd
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Rodd

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.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

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.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

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

clb
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clb

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
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Rifa Martin

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

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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