Marj Dusay is confirmed dead at the age of 83.
Marj was best known as a American actress (Guiding Light).
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RT @handitvnetwork: The actress gave us the iconic line "Brain and brain—what is brain?!"
RT @stevemcceney: Veteran Daytime Drama actress Marj Dusay has passed at 83 - forever to be known as the woman who stole Spock's brai…
RT @SilverAgeTV: RIP #MarjDusay of 'Guiding Light' fame dies at 83
RT @TOSSatNight: Hey TOSSers, I'm sorry to report that Eymorg Marj Dusay has left us. She did many things, and I guess she's known m…
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So sorry to hear of the passing of Marj Dusay. My sister and I loved her scenes with Allison Janney on Guiding Ligh…
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RT @people: Guiding Light, All My Children and Days of Our Lives Actress Marj Dusay Dies at 83
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Soap Opera Vet Marj Dusay Dead at 83
Kansas native, nonprofit advocate & Hollywood actress Marj Dusay has died. Dusay served as Kansas Film Commission c…
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RT @TrekMovie: Marj Dusay, Kara in the #StarTrek #TOS classic "Spock's Brain," died on Tuesday at age 83. She was on 5 daytime soa…
RT @MeTV: The actress gave us the iconic line "Brain and brain—what is brain?!"
RT @TrekMovie: Marj Dusay, Kara in the #StarTrek #TOS classic "Spock's Brain," died on Tuesday at age 83. She was on 5 daytime soa…
RT @TrekMovie: Marj Dusay, Kara in the #StarTrek #TOS classic "Spock's Brain," died on Tuesday at age 83. She was on 5 daytime soa…
Marj Dusay, #StarTrek Actress and Veteran Soap Opera Player, Dies at 83
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Veteran soap opera actress Marj Dusay passes away at 83
Just heard the sad news that Marj Dusay passed away on January 28 😢 I always was very impressed by her loveliness.…
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Marj Dusay
Leonard Nimoy William Shatner Spock's Brain Star Trek 1968.JPG
Dusay (left) in a still from the TV series Star Trek
Born
Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney

(1936-02-20) February 20, 1936 (age 83)
OccupationActress
Years active1965-2009
Spouse(s)John Murray Dusay (1955-1961, divorce)
Thomas Perine (1967-1988, his death)
Children1 son
1 daughter
Marj Dusay (/mɑːrdʒ duːˈseɪ/; born Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney on February 20, 1936, in Russell, Kansas) is an American actress known for her roles on American soap operas. She is especially known for her role as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light, a role she played on and off, from 1993 through the show's 2009 cancellation, as well as playing the wife of Douglas MacArthur in the 1977 movie MacArthur.
Contents
1 Career
2 Personal life
3 Partial TV and filmography
4 Award nominations
5 References
6 External links
Career
In 1967, Dusay was a member of the Session, an improvisational comedy group in Los Angeles. Her dramatic debut occurred December 21, 1967, in an episode of television's Cimarron Strip. She appeared in the film Sweet November (1968).
Dusay started her career with a small role as a waitress alongside Elvis Presley in the film Clambake in 1967. In 1968, Dusay played a special agent in the TV series Hawaii Five-O in an episode titled "Twenty-Four Karat Kill", as well as appearing three times as seductive temptresses on Hogan's Heroes. Also in 1968-1969 she played Gloria in the CBS comedy Blondie.
She made numerous guest appearances on popular television shows in the late 1960s and 1970s. She played alien Kara in "Spock's Brain", the first third-season episode of Star Trek. Dusay is a popular guest at Star Trek fan conventions, often appearing with personal friend and fellow Star Trek actor Michael Dante. She appeared on Daniel Boone in its 1969 episode "Benvenuto... Who?" as a beautiful French diamond thief named Eugenie.
She starred as Jean MacArthur in the 1977 film MacArthur, and guest-starred as Blair Warner's mother, Monica Warner, on The Facts of Life.:321 In 1982, she appeared as Kate Hanrahan, a madam/con artist, in several episodes of Bret Maverick,:134-135 in 1982-1983, she portrayed Beverly Tupperman in Square Pegs,:1007 and in 1979 she was Jennifer in Stop Susan Williams.:1023
Already an established actress when she began her long career on daytime TV, she made her soap debut in April 1983, replacing Carolyn Jones as the powerful Washington, DC, matriarch Myrna Clegg on Capitol, which she played through the final episode in March 1987. As the rival of the kindly Clarissa McCandless (Constance Towers), she had a part in practically every storyline, as well as a steady leading man in veteran film actor Richard Egan. Marj received two Supporting Actress Soap Opera Digest nominations for this part.
She then took over for Shirley Ann Field as the troubled Pamela Pepperidge Capwell Conrad on Santa Barbara from 1987–88 and in 1991. As C.C. Capwell's first wife and Mason Capwell's mother, she also became the mother-in-law to Mason's half-sister, Kelly, who married Pamela's other son, Jeffrey Conrad. A brief affair with C.C. ended badly, causing Pamela to go insane and try to kill Kelly. Her 1991 return had Pamela seemingly recovered, but quickly slipping back into insanity when Mason took her to C.C.'s for a surprise dinner. In 1993, she filled in for Louise Sorel as "Vivian Alamain" on Days of Our Lives while Sorel was on medical leave, having several romantic scenes with veteran actor John Aniston and working with future Guiding Light co-star Crystal Chappell. After a nationwide search for an actress to take over for the enormously popular Beverlee McKinsey, Marj began as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light in August 1993, remaining on the show until March 1997. She returned for a brief stint from November 1998-February 1999, but could not resist the chance to create her own part.
Marj finally originated a soap role as the evil Vanessa Bennett on All My Children from 1999-2002. As the mother of Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry, her co-star from Guiding Light) and Leo DuPres (Josh Duhamel), she also became Palmer Cortlandt's last wife, giving her another legendary leading man in James Mitchell. After Vanessa's supposed demise after she was revealed to be a drug lord, Marj was persuaded to come back to the show, this time replacing Joan Collins, who left three months into a six-month contract. In late May 2005, Dusay was one of several cast members taken off contract due to budget cuts. The show later asked her to remain with the show on recurring status. Because of her popularity in the role, Marj was given a front-burner storyline in 2006 that had Alexandra marrying a younger man to keep him in the country and scheming to keep him out of a younger woman's bed. While her appearances were greatly reduced after this story ended, she began appearing more upon the return Grant Aleksander (Philip Spaulding) in 2009. CBS announced that Guiding Light was being cancelled on April 1, 2009, with the last show set to air in September. She appeared in Guiding Light's final episode, which aired on September 18, 2009. The character of Alexandra had a "happy ending" when old lover Fletcher Reed came to squire her off on a round-the-world cruise to help her deal with the death of her brother, Alan.
Personal life
In 1955, she married a doctor, John Dusay; they divorced in 1962. They had a son and a daughter, Debra, who is an actress. In 1967, she married Thomas Perine, who died in 1988.
Beginning in 1984, Dusay sponsored the Marj Dusay Celebrity Golf Tournament in Russell, Kansas. The event was designated as a fundraiser for the Kansas Child Abuse Prevention Centers and for establishing a statewide hotline.
Partial TV and filmography
Guiding Light as Alexandra Spaulding #2 (1993-1997, 1998-1999, 2002–2009)
All My Children as Vanessa Bennett Hayward Cortlandt (1999–2002)
Siao Yu as Rita (1995)
Days of Our Lives as Vivian Alamain (1993) (temporary replacement)
Replaced Louise Sorel while she was away
Murder, She Wrote as Miriam Bowman (1992)
Murder, She Wrote as Alice Reynard Carson (1989)
Made in Heaven as Mrs. Packert (1987)
Santa Barbara as Pamela Capwell Conrad (1987-1988, 1991)
Dallas as Bernice Billings (29 March 1985)
Capitol as Myrna Clegg (1983–1987)
The Facts of Life as Monica Warner (1981–1987) (recurring)
Stop Susan Williams! as Jennifer Selden (1979)
Wheels as Caroline Horton (1978)
MacArthur as Jean MacArthur (1977)
Breezy as Betty Tobin (1973)
McMillan and Wife episode "The Face of Murder" (1972)
The Odd Couple episode "What Does a Naked Lady Say To You" as Madelyn (1971)
Hogan's Heroes episode "The Merry Widow" as Countess Marlene (1970)
Family Affair episode "The Unsinkable Mr. French" as Dana Markham (1970)
Hawaii Five-O episode "The Singapore File" as Nicole (1969)
Pendulum as Liz Tennant (1969)
Bonanza episode "A Ride in the Sun" as April Horn (1969)
Hogan's Heroes episode "My Favorite Prisoner" as Baroness von Krimm (1969)
Star Trek episode "Spock's Brain" as Kara (1968)
Hawaii Five-O episode "Twenty-Four Karat Kill" as Andrea (1968)
Sweet November as Carol (1968)
Hogan's Heroes episode "Guess Who Came to Dinner" as Heidi Eberhardt (1968)
Clambake as Waitress (1967)
Year 1999 A D. as Karen (1967)
The Wild Wild West episode "The Night of the Turncoat" as Crystal Fair (1967) and episode "The Night of the Kraken" as Dolores Hammond (1968)
Award nominations
Daytime Emmy Awards
(2002) Special Fan Award America's Favorite Villain for playing Vanessa Cortlandt on All My Children
(1995) Daytime Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Guiding Light
Soap Opera Digest Awards
(1995) Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Villainess for Guiding Light
(1988) Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Daytime for Capitol
(1986) Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Daytime Serial for Capitol
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