Jennifer Landon

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Jennifer Landon
Born Jennifer Landon
(1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 30)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Years active 1989; 1991; 2005-present

Jennifer Landon is an American actress. She is known for her role as Gwen Norbeck Munson on As the World Turns (2005–2008, 2010).

Private life[edit]

Landon is the daughter of actor Michael Landon and his third wife, Cindy Clerico. She is also the half-sister of screenwriter Christopher Landon and director Michael Landon, Jr.

Landon graduated from Brentwood School before moving to New York City to attend New York University where she appeared in several theater productions.

Career[edit]

Landon got her first acting job at age five from her father, when he cast her to play a little girl in one of the final episodes of his television series, Highway to Heaven. Before his death in 1991, Jennifer would work with her father once more when he cast her as Jennifer Kramer in the pilot for his next television series, Us.

In 2004, Jennifer co-starred in an independent film, L.A. DJ. In early 2005 she was cast to play the character of Gwen Norbeck for one episode on the soap opera, As the World Turns, but the producers liked her performance so much they decided to add the character to the cast and signed her to a three-year contract. The new character of Gwen Norbeck was eventually tied into the show by making her the half-sister of an existing established character, Carly Tenney.

Landon is also a budding recording artist. Since the character of Gwen Norbeck was first introduced on As the World Turns as a musician and the lead singer in an all-girl rock band, Jennifer has sung several times on the show. In late 2006, the character's storyline focused on her pursuing a music career recording two singles, "Slide" and "I Saw Love". Both songs were written by Nini Camps, a singer/song-writer from New York, NY.[1] and were released under Jennifer Landon's name. They are currently available on iTunes.

Starting in April 2007, Landon juggled dual roles on As the World Turns as her regular character Gwen Norbeck Munson as well as Cleo Babbitt; a Gwen Munson lookalike with dark-brown hair and a gap-toothed smile. The Cleo Babbit character was written off the show as of July 10, 2007. In 2010, Landon will be in The Goree Girls with Jennifer Aniston, and Pam Tillis.

Also in September 2010, Landon reprised her role as Gwen for Jack and Carly's wedding during the final two weeks of As the World Turns.

On May 1, 2012, it was announced that Landon, who dyed her hair red, would become the third adult actress to portray the role of Heather Stevens (who was previously portrayed by a blonde actress and then a black-haired actress) on The Young and the Restless.[1] She portrayed Heather for less than a year, before her character was written off.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 L.A. D.J. Jessica
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007-2008, 2010 As the World Turns Gwen Norbeck Munson/Cleo Babitt Contract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2006-2008)
2012 The Young and the Restless Heather Stevens Contract role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref
2006
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Won
[2]
2007
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Won
[3]
2008
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Won
[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ATWT Alum Is Y&R's New Heather". CBS Soaps In Depth. 2012-05-01. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres repeats sweep of Daytime Emmys". Kentucky New Era (Taylor W. Hayes). Associated Press. May 1, 2006. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 2007 Daytime Emmy Award Winners". PopSugar Entertainment. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (June 21, 2008). "Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks Win Daytime Emmys". People. Time Inc. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 

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