NANCY LEE GRAHN Alexis Davis on the ABC Television Network's General Hospital Genuine, intelligent, and independent are just a few of the words that can describe actress Nancy Lee Grahn. The seasoned actress, who arrived at General Hospital in 1996, plays strong and savvy Alexis Davis, a brilliant attorney who is completely loyal to her family, the Cassadines, sometimes against her better judgment. Grahn grew up in Skokie, Illinois, where her parents were choreographers for a local community theater. However, her first taste of acting occurred in a high school production of Oklahoma. With a very small part in the chorus, Grahn knew then that she would follow in her parents' footsteps. As she prepared to start her freshman year at University of Illinois, a friend suggested she audition for Guys & Dolls at the Goodman Rep Theatre, where she landed her first big break in the role of Mimi. Grahn went on to perform on stage in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Dallas Theatre Center. After A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grahn went to New York, where she had the good fortune of studying acting with Sandy Meisner. In New York, she continued to perform in numerous plays, such as Tomorrow, Cole, Fathers Day, and Two for the Seesaw, among many others. Grahn's television career came next with a move to Los Angeles for a change of pace. Her first television role was Beverly Wilks, Marco Dane's secretary on ABC's One Life to Live. She went on to guest-star in episodes of Moonlighting, Murder, She Wrote and Magnum P.I., to name a few. In 1989, she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara. She has most recently been seen in the recurring role of Denise Fielding on Melrose Place, Connie Dahlgren on ABC's Murder One, and as Principal Russell on 7th Heaven. Grahn has also guest-starred in Diagnosis Murder, Perry Mason and Babylon V, in addition to starring in numerous television movies. When Grahn is not at work, she enjoys escaping to her beach house to daydream, visualize and write. "I am curious about why we do the things we do, and I've made a career trying to figure it out," explains Grahn. But if one looks at the generosity that Grahn displays to charitable and important causes, no one would even think twice about why Grahn does what she does. "I think it is important to use the soap box to do other things than promote storyline," and to that end, Grahn has turned her fan club into a community service contest, and has lobbied the support of other daytime talent to create "Daytime for Choice." Grahn helped in the Clinton presidential campaign because of his enormous support for women, and she continues to give time and energy to many women's causes. She also chaired the Media Access Awards, which promote the appropriate portrayal of disability in the media

WALLACE KURTH Ned Ashton on the ABC Television Network's General Hospital Wallace Kurth brings his intense dark eyes and disarming smile to the role of Ned Ashton, a man truly cut from Quartermaine cloth. Clever, ambitious and indefatigable in his business objectives, his inherited business ferocity took a heavy toll when his beloved wife, Lois, left the confines of the family mansion with their baby daughter to keep her from the family's toxicity. Daytime viewers know Wally from his four-year run on Days of Our Lives, where he played Justin Kiriakis. Wallace joined General Hospital in 1992. His popularity among viewers is evidenced by being selected in 1996 as the Most Valuable Player on General Hospital" by readers of Soap Opera Update magazine, and nominated as Hottest Male Star by Soap Opera Digest magazine, also in 1996. Born in Billings, Montana, Wally grew up with a strong interest in acting and music. He put this talent to work in musical theater and songwriting. He has appeared on stage in a variety of works that have been produced from regional theater to the Kennedy Center to Broadway, where he starred as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He has also been active in the Los Angeles Equity waiver theatrical arena where he has worked as an actor and director. He lent his talents to the musical review, Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen, and Sondheim: Part 3, an annual STAGE event that benefits AIDS-related services in Los Angeles. Wally also writes and performs music with his partner, Christian Taylor. Their two albums, Kurth & Taylor and Half & Half, have received critical praise from Billboard magazine. Kurth and Taylor are currently touring the country promoting their new album Nashville. Wally Kurth and his General Hospital co-star Rena Sofer were married on March 31, 1996 in Big Sky, Montana. The couple live in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles with their baby daughter, Rosabel, and Wally's daughter, Meghann.
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