Byrne on the ATWT farewell event in Hilversum (The Netherlands) in 2012
|Born||Mary Martha Byrne
December 23, 1969
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, television writer|
|Spouse(s)||Michael McMahon (1994–present)|
Mary Martha Byrne (born December 23, 1969) is an American actress, singer and television writer. In 2008, she left CBS's As the World Turns as the passionate role of Lily Walsh Snyder. In 2009, she was featured on ABC's General Hospital as Andrea Floyd. She briefly served as a script writer for the CBS Daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
She was a featured actor on a number of prime time episodic television programs, including Kate and Allie, Murder, She Wrote, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Jake and the Fatman, In the Heat of the Night, and Hearts are Wild. Byrne also appeared in several television movies, with featured roles in When the Cradle Falls and Pink Lightning.
Byrne's best known film role would be the title character in the 1983 film Anna to the Infinite Power, and in 2010 provided the commentary for the DVD release.
Byrne is best known for her role on the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns, portraying Lily Walsh Snyder. She initially assumed the role from Lucy Deakins in May 1985 and played Lily until October 1989, when she left the show and Heather Rattray assumed the role of Lily. Byrne returned in April 1993.
In 1987, Byrne was involved in controversy when she taped Lily's first love scene months before her own 18th birthday. Lily lost her virginity to the character of Dusty Donovan; to add to the controversy, actor Brian Bloom, who was playing Dusty, was even younger than Byrne. This provoked controversy (as teenage characters are generally portrayed by actors who are a few years older, and therefore of consenting age).
From 2000 until 2003, Byrne assumed a double role when she played Lily's long-lost twin, Rose D'Angelo who was created by Hogan Sheffer.
On February 29, 2008, TV Guide reported that Byrne will be leaving As the World Turns and will be off the air by April 2008. The show's executive producer Christopher Goutman stated, "We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain a valuable member of the ATWT cast. Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her." Byrne would later assert that the contract negotiations fell through because As the World Turns refused to guarantee her the same number of episodes to appear in that she appeared in 2007. She added that a casting call was made for her successor during her contract negotiations, which fueled her drive to leave. Byrne's last airdate on the show was April 22, 2008; her successor, Noelle Beck, appeared in the role of Lily beginning in May 2008.
On May 14, 2009 Martha was hired by ABC's General Hospital to take a recurring role as Andrea Floyd, the wife of Port Charles' current mayor Garrett Floyd. She debuted on June 17, 2009, and she exited the role on September 9 of the same year.
Byrne is also a singer. She contributed a Christmas medley to the 1994 RCA release, A Soap Opera Christmas. She released her self-titled album Martha Byrne in 1996.
She has also released a second album, Woman Thing Music. Byrne again was the subject of controversy, as the sponsor of the second album was Philip Morris. The CD could only be purchased in conjunction with the purchase of cigarettes, or at one of the "Woman Music Thing" concerts that Philip Morris sponsored. Byrne eventually withdrew endorsement from the music label, as she did not want to be associated with a product that could encourage underage smoking.
In 2006 Byrne released a third album, The Other Side.
Awards and recognition
Their first child, Michael Terrence McMahon, was born on May 29, 1998. An episode of the TLC series A Baby Story chronicled her second pregnancy and the birth of her son, Maxwell Vincent McMahon, on September 3, 2002. Their third child and first daughter, Annmarie, was born June 12, 2006.
|1982||The Eyes of the Amaryllis||Jenny Reade|
|Drop-Out Father||Elizabeth McCall|
|1983||Anna to the Infinite Power||Anna Hart|
|The Hamptons||Miranda||1 episode|
|1984||He's Fired, She's Hired||Emily Grier|
|1985||As the World Turns||Lily Walsh Snyder||1985–1989, 1993–2008|
|The Beniker Gang||Molly Stamwick||aka Dear Lola, or How to Start Your Own Family|
|Kate & Allie||Carter Lowe||1 episode|
|1986||As the World Turns: 30th Anniversary||Lily|
|1989||In the Heat of the Night||Lizbeth Hagen|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Melanie Wilkerson|
|The Young Riders||Vera Collins||2 episode|
|Doogie Howser, M.D.||Sasha Larkin||1 episode|
|Over My Dead Body||Julie Talmadge||1 episode|
|1991||Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories||Herself|
|Murder, She Wrote||Sarah Lapp||1 episode|
|Silk Stalkings||Erica Dietz||1 episode|
|1992||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Erin|
|1997||The Marksmen||Alison Wells|
|When the Cradle Falls||Donna McDermott|
|2001||The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||Herself|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Iowa|
|2004||Living It Up! With Ali and Jack||Herself||March 17, 2004|
|2006||SoapTalk||Herself||May 8, 2006, April 5, 2006|
|Life After Tomorrow||Herself|
|2009||General Hospital||Andrea Floyd||June 17–September 9, 2009|
|2014||Crisis||Marie Wirth||1 episode|
|2009||The Bold and the Beautiful||script writer||3 episodes|
|2009||Bye Bye Sally||executive producer|
- "Martha Byrne Exits As the World Turns". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- "VOWS; Martha Byrne and Michael McMahon", The New York Times, November 27, 1994
- Rohan, Virginia. "In Paramus, a showbiz boot camp", The Record (Bergen County), March 5, 2011. Accessed December 20, 2013. "It was a different world in 1977, when a 9-year-old from Waldwick named Martha Byrne embarked on a big adventure in New York City. One of 700 hopefuls who went to an open call for the Broadway musical "Annie," Byrne landed the part of an orphan — and went on to a successful showbiz career."
- Staff. "'Empire’s Got Talent': Bergen native Martha Byrne holds one night only event", Bergen.com, November 8, 2011. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Waldwick native and Ridgewood resident Martha Byrne held an 'Empire’s Got Talent' event last night in New York City."
- "General Hospital Comings & Goings. (NEW.) - General Hospital Comings & Goings". Soaps.com. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
- Newcomb, Roger. "NEWS: Deidre Hall Stresses Vision Care; Martha Byrne Joins CRISIS; Howard Overby to B&B; Joyce Jacobs & Jon Mercedes Have Passed Away". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2013-09-18.