Juanin Clay

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Juanin Clay
Born Juanin Clay de Zalduondo
(1949-11-26)November 26, 1949
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died March 12, 1995(1995-03-12) (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film, television actress
Spouse(s) Joe Lambie (1981–1995)

Juanin Clay (born Juanin Clay de Zalduondo;[1] November 26, 1949 – March 12, 1995) was an American actress whose films included WarGames and The Legend of the Lone Ranger.


Clay was a contender for the role of Wilma Deering in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century but lost the role when Erin Gray returned to reprise her role from the theatrical release. Clay later guest starred in the Buck Rogers episode "Vegas in Space", playing "Marla Landers", who briefly partnered with Rogers. Clay appeared as a guest star on a number of TV series including Father Murphy, L.A. Law, and The Edge of Night (she originated the role of Raven Alexander, before Sharon Gabet took over the role). Clay was also married to actor Joe Lambie who played Logan Swift, one of the husbands of her character on The Edge of Night. In 1981, she appeared in The Legend of the Lone Ranger and in 1983 she had a small role in WarGames.[2] In 1985, she played Jacqueline Kennedy in the mini-series Robert Kennedy & His Times. She was a founding member of the New York Acting Unit, a Shakespearean repertory group, and the co-author, producer and director of King of the City, a drama about Al Capone.[2][3][4]


She attended The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. She graduated from Smith College, then earned a Master's in Education from Harvard University.[1]


On March 12, 1995, Clay died of cardiac complications related to breast cancer, at the age of 45 (although most sources cite the cause of death as merely a "heart ailment", however breast cancer can also cause heart problems).[5] She was cremated.


The Valley Theatre League of Los Angeles created the Juanin Clay Lifetime Achievement Award in her memory.[6]


  1. ^ a b Marriage announcement with profile in the New York Times
  2. ^ a b Arkush, Michael (20 March 1992). "Actor-Writer Provides a New Take on Gangster Capone in 'King of the City'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013. Juanin Clay, the play's director... has appeared in "WarGames" and "The Legend of the Lone Ranger." This marks her directing debut. 
  3. ^ Lefkowitz, David (28 March 1998). "CA To Hear Bitter Truth About Al Capone Through Mar. 28". Playbill. Retrieved 17 August 2013. Gallo and Clay's reworked script (Clay directs)... 
  4. ^ Coker, Laura (20 August 2007). "King of the City: An evening with Al Capone". The Denver Post. Retrieved 17 August 2013. ...written by Robert Gallo and Juanin Clay,... 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0165536/board/nest/58978835?ref_=nm_bd_2
  6. ^ Rauzi, Robin (29 January 1998). "Sympathetic Crime King". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 

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