Marcy Walker as Liza Colby
|All My Children character|
|Portrayed by||Marcy Walker (1981–84, 1995–2005)
Alice Haining (1984–85)
Jamie Luner (2009–11)
|Duration||1981–85, 1995–2005, 2009–11|
|Last appearance||September 23, 2011|
|Created by||Agnes Nixon|
|Introduced by||Agnes Nixon
|Residence||1421 Plumtree Road
(aka 718 Valley Road)
Pine Valley, Pennsylvania
Jamie Luner as Liza Colby
Liza Colby (formerly Chandler) is a fictional character on the American soap opera All My Children who was played by actress Jamie Luner from April 2009 until September 2011. She was previously played by actress Marcy Walker from 1981–1984 and then again from 1995–2005, although the role was also briefly portrayed by Alice Haining. Liza is a resident of the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
Liza made her first appearance in 1981 as a snobbish upper-class teenager from one of Pine Valley's wealthiest families, with a crush on upper-class classmate Greg Nelson. However, Greg's heart belonged to Jenny Gardner, a warm-hearted working-class girl. Liza engaged in numerous schemes to steal Greg from Jenny. Her two most heinous acts as a teenager occurred at about the same time. Liza blackmailed Jenny, threatening to reveal to Greg that Jenny's father Ray Gardner was a convict who had raped Ruth Martin years earlier. After Jenny's best friend Jesse Hubbard confronted her, Liza falsely accused him of attempted rape, subtly using old stereotypes about Black men and White women as a means of making her story seem credible. With Jenny humiliated and Jesse eager to avoid arrest, the two fled to the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, where they remained for weeks until Liza's accusations against Jesse were discredited.
After Liza failed in her schemes to win Greg and she realized that he would never love her, she started a relationship with Ruth's adopted son Tad Martin (Jenny's biological brother). However, Liza was crushed when she discovered Tad was also having an affair with her mother, Marian Colby. Later, partly as a result of her "easy" reputation, Liza actually was raped. Initially, no one believed her except Dr. Cliff Warner. However she mistook his compassion for romantic interest and actually attempted to steal him from his wife Nina. Liza left town a few months later.
Liza made a triumphant return to Pine Valley in September 1995. Now a strong careerwoman, Liza got revenge on Tad by seducing him into bed, breaking up the marriage of Tad and Dixie Cooney. Liza then moved on to Jake Martin, Tad's adopted brother. Liza then found herself in a strange predicament when she got pregnant with what she thought was Jake's baby. In actuality, it was wealthy Adam Chandler's child, for Adam had switched Jake's sperm at the sperm bank with his. In May 1999, Liza gave birth to a daughter, Colby Marian Chandler, and eventually fell for Adam and married him. However, Adam's controlling nature and penchant for lying led to their divorce...and remarrying...and divorce.
Liza got the shock of her life in 2001 when Mia Saunders revealed herself to be her half-sister. Eventually, Liza & Mia formed a sisterly bond and Liza even financed the money to upstart Fusion, the new cosmetics company that Mia co-founded in late 2002 with Greenlee du Pres, Kendall Hart, and Simone Torres. In late 2004, Liza, with Tad's help, went on the run with Colby in tow. Her last appearance was in early 2005. However, Colby eventually returned (rapidly aged to her teenaged years) to Pine Valley to live with Adam. Initially, she has exhibited all of Liza's worst character traits from the 80s, including consistent spoiled behavior, and a false statutory rape allegation against Erica Kane's son Josh Madden. However, Colby has put most of such behavior behind her, and has recently emerged as a more sympathetic character.
Liza, now being played by Jamie Luner, returned to Pine Valley in April 2009. She has "reinvented herself" as an attorney and comes back to reclaim daughter Colby. She has made a deal with Jake Martin to adopt Amanda's son as her own, naming him Stuart after her deceased step-dad. Strangely enough, Liza's history as the financial founder of Fusion or any of her other ties to the company have not been mentioned since Jamie Luner assumed the role.
During the week of Stuart's murder mystery (May 2009), it is revealed that Liza is six months pregnant. Liza admits to Zach Slater that she is not actually pregnant, but that she is expecting a child through a surrogate. She does not want anyone to know that she is not really pregnant, and asks Zach to keep her secret. While talking to Amanda Dillon and she seems she plans on adopting Amanda's baby boy and not tell anyone about it with the help of Jake Martin. Jake plans to help Liza Colby because she wants to adopt Amanda's baby boy and not tell anyone about it. In the week of June 29, Jake helped Liza "pretend" to give birth to a healthy baby boy with the help of Tad Martin. The viewers think that Liza has the baby. Then they find out that Jake didn't really give Liza Amanda's baby. Liza names her son after her stepfather. Actually he gives her a baby which is put for adoption. Placing Amanda's baby to be given to a family in the country. Until, Taylor takes care of him, under the alias Tracy.
Her daughter Colby found out from eavesdropping that Jake Martin was supposed to be her dad but Adam switched the sperm with his. After Trevor went missing, Jake and Amanda can not go to the police because faking the baby's death. Tad followed David and reveal to Liza that she is not raising Amanda's son. Tad and Liza hitched a plan to follow David and Liza forms a relationship with David. David thinks that Liza's son is his. David learns the truth about the baby being alive. He became very, very furious that this secret was kept from him. He held Liza to gunpoint because he wanted to know where his baby was.
While Liza bonds her son, the birth mother comes to Pine Valley in search of her baby. Liza initially lies to Bailey and tells her that the baby is better off in his new home. She then is persuaded by Tad to tell the truth about her child actually being Bailey's son. Rather than Bailey and Liza going to court in a paternity case, Liza invites Bailey to move in with her while she decides if she wants to keep her baby. Stuart's biological father tracks down Bailey in Pine Valley and offers Liza a bribe to keep her baby in exchange for money. She refuses and tells him to leave. Bailey and Damon decide to keep Stuart as their own and move out of Liza's apartment.
In January 2010, Bailey contacts Liza in order to bail Damon out of jail.
Later, on the week of November 29, 2010, David Hayward is shot and critically wounded by Erica; though he survives, he is left comatose. Liza charges Erica with attempted murder, disregarding the fact that Erica only did it to save Ryan's life. Erica subsequently confronts Liza and assures her that, unlike Greenlee, she will not go down without a fight, later becoming convinced that Liza is merely pushing the charges out of jealousy and spite.
On December 17, 2010, Liza became the advocate for David Hayward (who is still in a coma). Slowly realizing that her taking Erica to court is unjustified, Liza finally drops the charges after a discussion with Tad.