Lesli Kay

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Lesli Kay
Born Lesli Kay Pushkin
(1965-06-13) June 13, 1965 (age 49)
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Years active 1991-present
Spouse(s) Mark Sterling (1992-1999)
Keith Coulouris (2003-2011; 2 children)

Lesli Kay (born Lesli Kay Pushkin on June 13, 1965 in Charleston, West Virginia) is an American actress, who is known primarily for her role on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns.

Career[edit]

At age 12, she had the first individual girl's bat mitzvah in the state of West Virginia. She moved to New York City at the age of 15 to pursue a modeling career. Kay later worked at MTV and won $27,500 on Wheel of Fortune.

In 1997 she made her daytime debut as Molly Conlan on As the World Turns. For some time the character was not very popular due to Molly's villainous behavior, but she eventually won a 2001 Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in addition to charming viewers during her romance with Jake McKinnon (Tom Eplin). When Jake was killed off in 2002, Molly again became adrift, and Kay left the show in early 2004 after a number of promised storylines never appeared. Kay popped up a few months later to recast the popular, brassy character of Lois Cerullo on General Hospital. Kay (and the resurrected character of Lois) exited GH in early 2005 after mutually agreeing to part ways with the show.

In November 2005, Kay assumed the role of Felicia Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, taking over for Colleen Dion after a year's absence. Bold and the Beautiful Head Writer Bradley Bell had planned to kill her character off from cancer. However, a huge fan outpouring, including petitions and numerous letters, in addition to Ms. Kay's job of making the role her own, convinced Bell to keep Kay on the cast. Her character, Felicia Forrester was resurrected from the dead. Lesli Kay invested herself into the cancer storyline so much that she shaved her head for the role.[1] Kay was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards but lost to Genie Francis.

In November 2009, while continuing to play Felicia Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, Kay also returned to As the World Turns as the character she previously portrayed, Molly Conlan McKinnon. She stayed with As the World Turns until the show's final episode, on September 17, 2010.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Character Notes
1991 Hunter Colleen Guest; Episode "All That Glitters" (as Leslie Kay Pushkin)
1993 Counterstrike Frenchie's Secretary Guest; Episode "French Twist" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1995 Nowhere Man Tina Guest; Episode "You Really Got a Hold On Me" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1996 Hot Line Samantha Guest; Episode "The Gardener" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1996 High Tide Agent Robin Foster Guest; Episode "Mission Improbable" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1996–1997 The Big Easy Sophie / Nurse Guest; Episodes "The Love Doctor" and "Driving Ms. Money" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1997 Women: Stories of Passion n/a Guest; Episode "Table Service" (as Leslie Kay Sterling)
1997–2004, 2009–2010 As the World Turns Molly Conlan Series regular: 1997–2004
Recurring star: 2009–2010
2003 Law & Order Amanda Taylor Guest; Episode "Maritime"
2004–2005 General Hospital Lois Cerullo Series regular
2005 CSI: NY Tanya Daville Guest; Episode "Zoo York"
2005–present The Bold and the Beautiful Felicia Forrester Series regular: 2005–2009
Recurring star: 2010–2014
2008 The Young and the Restless Felicia Forrester Recurring star
2009 Ghost Whisperer Suzanne Zale / Celeste Barrington Guest; Episode "Stage Fright"
2009 Raising the Bar Massage Complaintant Guest; Episode "Happy Ending"
2009–2010 Venice: The Series Tracy Lansing Series regular: Season 1
2010 The Bay Belinda Madison Series regular: Season 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Soapcentral.com News

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