Jensen Buchanan

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Jensen Buchanan
Born (1962-07-18) July 18, 1962 (age 59)
Years active1987–2002
Gray O'Brien
(m. 1991; div. 1999)

(m. 2003; div. 2013)

Jensen Buchanan (born July 18, 1962 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an American soap opera actress, known for portraying Sarah Gordon on One Life to Live (1987–90) and twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on Another World.

Early life[edit]

Buchanan was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on July 18, 1962. She was the only child of William and Mary Buchanan, who divorced when she was a toddler. She was raised in Neenah, Wisconsin. She attended Boston University on scholarship from 1980 to 1984, eventually earning a degree in music theory.[1]


She played the role of Sarah Gordon on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 1987 to 1990. In 1991 she moved to the NBC soap opera Another World. She played Marley Love from 1991 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1998. She also played Marley's twin, Vicky Hudson, from 1991 to 1999. Buchanan was nominated for two Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Awards in 1996 and 1997. She moved to As the World Turns in a short term capacity to play the role of Vicky, who was killed in a plane crash in November 1999. In 2001, she started playing the role of Melissa Bedford, R. N. on General Hospital. She exited the role in 2002.

From 2015 to 2016, Buchanan appeared on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, playing Elise Moxley, a member of the Genoa City social set.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On December 28, 1991, Buchanan married Gray O'Brien. They had two sons, John Conor O'Brien (born April 22, 1994) and Angus O'Hagan O'Brien (born February 26, 1996). They divorced in the late 1990s.[1]

In 2003, she married Sam Gores, Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency, President and CEO. The couple separated in October 2013 and are now divorced .[3]

In 2016, Buchanan was arrested for driving under the influence and colliding head on with another driver on California State Route 154.[4] In October 2017, she was sentenced to one year in jail at Santa Barbara County Jail and five years' probation.[5] In January 2018, Buchanan was once again arrested, this time for allegedly drinking while under felony probation. Following a court appearance, she was ordered to remain in jail pending another hearing.[6] On April 6, 2018, Buchanan was acquitted of probation violation and released from jail.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "BiographyPage".
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! JENSEN BUCHANAN JOINS Y&R". Soap Opera Digest. October 13, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  3. ^ Jillian Bowe THE COUPLE IS NOW DIVORCED - (October 28, 2013). "Jensen Buchanan and Hollywood Agent Husband Split". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  4. ^ "Jensen Buchanan Arrested on DUI Charges After Causing Car Accident :". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ Scully, Janene (6 October 2017). "Soap Opera Actress Gets Jail Time for DUI Crash That Caused Severe Injuries". Noozhawk. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ Scully, Janene (January 17, 2018). "Jensen Buchanan To Remain In Jail for Alleged Probation Violation". Noozhawk. United States: Malamute Ventures. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Scully, Janene. "Judge Rules in Favor of Soap Opera Actress Accused of Violating Probation - An electronic monitor allegedly detected that Jensen Buchanan had consumed alcohol; she was set to be released Friday night." Noozhawk (Santa Barbara, CA), 6 Apr. 2018, Local News. NewsBank, Accessed 22 Dec. 2018.
  8. ^ . "County Lines: Soap actress Jensen Buchanan found not guilty during probation violation hearing; Hospital offering new service for mothers." Santa Maria Times (CA), 7 Apr. 2018, News. NewsBank, Accessed 22 Dec. 2018.
  9. ^ Report, Staff. "Soap actress Jensen Buchanan found not guilty during probation violation hearing." Lompoc Record, The (CA), 6 Apr. 2018, News. NewsBank, Accessed 22 Dec. 2018.

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