Kathy Brier

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Kathy Brier
Kathy Brier as Marcie Walsh.png
Born (1975-03-10) March 10, 1975 (age 41)
Staten Island, New York
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present

Kathy Brier (born March 10, 1975) is an American actress and singer, known for her work on ABC soap opera One Life to Live and the Broadway production of Hairspray.

Early life[edit]

Brier grew up in Staten Island, New York where she attended Moore Catholic High School before studying theatre and business at Wagner College, qualifying for a Bachelor of Science in arts administration.[1]


Brier played the role of Marcie Walsh McBain on ABC soap opera One Life to Live from October 18, 2002 until June 17, 2009[2][3] and returned briefly in November 2009. She also returned to the role briefly in 2011, in late October and early November. In 2004 her performance earned her a nomination for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series."

From 2003 to 2004, Brier played the starring role of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray, having previously been the standby for Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur for six months.

Brier began acting in the theatre, with regional credits that include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Libby Tucker in I Oughta Be in Pictures, Joy in Cinderella, and Rizzo In Grease. Her Off-Broadway credits include Ron Taylor and Mayor Maggie in Bat Boy The Musical at Union Square Theatre, The Prince and the Pauper at The Lamb's Theatre, O'Casey Knock at The John Houseman Theatre, Tango Ballad at The Actor's Studio and A Broadway's Diva Christmas at the Julia Miles Theatre.

In 2010, Brier appeared on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, episode 1.9 Belle Femme, and portrayed singer/actress, Sophie Tucker, a well-known vaudeville performer. She also sings some of the original music of the series.

Personal life[edit]

On Monday, September 17, 2010, Kathy announced via Twitter and Facebook that she had gotten married. On November 11, 2011, Kathy and her husband welcomed a son.


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2011 One Life to Live Marcie Walsh McBain October 18, 2002 – June 17, 2009; November 6–13, 2009; October 25, 2011 – November 3, 2011
2003–2006 SoapTalk Herself August 14, 2003, March 22, 2006
2004 The Wayne Brady Show Herself March 24, 2004
2005 The View Herself February 17, 2005
JoJo's Circus Babalulu 2 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Chia Bisman July 13, 2008
2010 Boardwalk Empire Sophie Tucker November 14, 2010


  1. ^ Thurston, Katherine. ""Marcie McBain" on the ABC Television Network's "One Life to Live"". About.com Guide. About.com. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ One Life to Live recap (6/17/09) – Soaps.com
  3. ^ "One Life to Live: Comings & Goings". Soaps.com. June 17, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 

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