Leah Ayres

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Leah Ayres
Leah Ayres at the Chiller Theatre Expo 2017.jpg
Leah Ayres at the Chiller Theatre Expo in 2017
Leah Simpson

(1957-05-28) May 28, 1957 (age 62)
Other namesLeah Ayres Hendrix; Leah Kalish
Alma materTufts University
New York University
Pacific Oaks College
Years active1979–1998
Bruce Kalish (m. 1990)

Leah Ayres (born May 28, 1957) is an American actress, best known for her role as Janice Kent in the sports thriller Bloodsport and as Valerie Bryson on the daytime serial The Edge of Night.

Early years[edit]

Ayres was born Leah Simpson in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended both Tufts University and New York University, earning a degree in dance from the latter.[1] Ayers also earned an M.A. degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California in 1996.[2]


Ayres' first major role was as Valerie Bryson on the daytime serial The Edge of Night in the early 1980s. In 1984, she starred in Velvet,[3] an ABC/Aaron Spelling television movie opposite Sheree J. Wilson, Shari Belafonte and Mary Margaret Humes. In primetime, she co-starred as Linda Bowman on the abbreviated third season of ABC's 9 to 5. She also played Jill Schrader on the HBO original comedy 1st & Ten in 1986-87.

In 1990 she replaced Maureen McCormick for the role of Marcia Brady on the short lived series The Bradys. She also made guest appearances on such series as Hotel, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Married... with Children and Who's the Boss?. In 1995, she had a recurring role as Tara Flynn on three episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger.


Ayres starred in Bloodsport (1988) alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme[4] and played Michelle in the 1981 film The Burning. She also appeared in Eddie Macon's Run (1983).[1]

Later years[edit]

She is now known as Leah Kalish and was the Program Director for Yoga Ed. in Los Angeles. She is also the co-creator of the Yoga Kit for Kids and Games for Life, a book of games and visualizations for children. She also wrote and stars in Living Arts/Gaiam’s Yoga Fitness for Kids videos. She is now the creator of Yoga Playgrounds and developing children's television programs.

Personal life[edit]

Ayres and her husband, TV screenwriter and producer Bruce Kalish, have a son, Mackenzie Austin Kalish, who was born on June 21, 1993.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Love of Life Christy Bringham Daytime drama
1979 Mother and Me, M.D. Barrie Tucker Television pilot episode
1979 All That Jazz Nurse Capobianco Feature film
1981 The Burning Michelle Feature film
1981–83 The Edge of Night Valerie Bryson Daytime drama
1983 9 to 5 Linda Bowman Main role (7 episodes)
1983 Eddie Macon's Run Chris Feature film
1984 Fantasy Island Lauren Spenser Episode: "Sing Melancholy Baby/The Last Dogfight"
1984 Velvet Cass Dayton Television film
1984 The A-Team Jenny Olsen Episode: "Double Heat"
1984 The Love Boat Nancy Sidon Episode: "The Buck Stops Here/For Bettor or Worse/Bet on It"
1984 The Love Boat Arlene Cort Episode: "Country Blues/A Matter of Taste/Frat Brothers Forever"
1985 Finder of Lost Loves Stacey Barnes Episode: "Deadly Silence"
1985 Hotel Jill Episode: "Identities"
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Elaine Episode: "If the Shoe Fits"
1985–86 St. Elsewhere Mona Polito Recurring role (5 episodes)
1986 We're Puttin' on the Ritz Micki Cline Television film
1986 Too Close for Comfort Jennifer Episode: "Ya Gotta Have Heart"
1987 1st & Ten Jill Schrader Main role (11 episodes)
1987 21 Jump Street Susan Chadwick Episode: "Don't Pet the Teacher"
1987 The Oldest Rookie Nina Zaga Episode: "An Internal Affairs Affair"
1987 Hot Child in the City Rachel Wagner Feature film
1988 Bloodsport Janice Kent Feature film
1988 Police Story: The Watch Commander Nancy Morgan Television film
1989 Who's the Boss? Pam Episode: "Heather Can Wait"
1989 Freddy's Nightmares Roxanne Wodehouse Episode: "Welcome to Springwood"
1990 The Bradys Marcia Brady-Logan Main role (6 episodes)
1990 Capital News Stephanie Sellars Episode: "Finished? Not Dunne"
1991 Who's the Boss? Pam Harper Episode: "Party Politics"
1991 P.S. I Luv U Nicole Benton Episode: "The Honeymooners"
1992 Baby Talk Lois Herman Episode: "Broadway Baby"
1992 Baby Talk Lois Herman Episode: "The Prince and the Pooper"
1992 The Player Sandy Feature film
1992 Married... with Children Betty Episode: "The Gas Station Show"
1992 Raven Ellen Episode: "Is Someone Crazy in Here or Is It Me"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Tara Flynn Episode: "Case Closed"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Tara Flynn Episode: "Point After"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Tara Flynn Episode: "Evil in the Night"
1998 The Journey of Allen Strange Ms. Symonds Episode: "Battle"
1998 Sliders Darla Episode: "Slidecage"


  1. ^ a b Buck, Jerry (April 30, 2000). "Sassy free spirit joins '9 to 5' secretarial pool". Pennsylvania, Indiana. The Indiana Gazette. p. 16. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0043994/trivia
  3. ^ "(TV listing)". California, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Sun. December 15, 1994. p. 57. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "(TV listing)". South Carolina, Greenwood. The Index-Journal. September 16, 1990. p. 58. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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