Lesley Woods

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Lesley Woods
Born(1910-08-22)August 22, 1910
DiedAugust 2, 2003(2003-08-02) (aged 92)
Years active1936–2001
Spouse(s)Richard McMurray
ChildrenSam McMurray (stepson)

Lesley Woods (August 22, 1910 – August 2, 2003) was an American radio, stage and television actress. She was a graduate of the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Woods was married to actor Richard McMurray. Sam McMurray is her stepson.[2]


Woods died on August 2, 2003 at the age of 92.[3]


Woods' acting on Broadway included being in Double Dummy (1936), Excursion (1937), Comes the Revelation (1942), The Assassin (1945), and A Case of Libel (1963–64).[4] She was a member of Theatre West. A Billboard review of Comes the Revelation summarized Woods' acting as follows: "Small, blond and attractive, Miss Woods plays with an honesty and restraint that are as rare as they are commendable. Quiet, sincere and tremendously effective, she does one of the finest jobs of the entire season."[5]


Woods' roles on radio programs included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
Backstage Wife Maida[6]
Boston Blackie Mary Wesley[2]
Bright Horizon Rosie[7]
Margaret Anderson McCarey[6]
Bulldog Drummond "heroine roles"[8]
"the feminine lead"[9]
Casey, Crime Photographer Ann Williams[10]
Guiding Light Helene Cunningham[11]
Joyce Jordan, Girl Interne Margot Sherwood[6]
The Man I Married Evelyn Waring[12]
Midstream Meredith Conway[6]
Portia Faces Life Elaine Arden[13]
Road of Life Carol Martin[1]
The Romance of Helen Trent Tember Adams[6]
Rosemary Audrey Roberts[6]
The Shadow Margo Lane[14]
This Is Nora Drake Peg Martinson[6]
We Love and Learn Mickey[6]
Woman in White Janet Munson Adams[6]

Other programs on which Woods was a regular included Crime and Peter Chambers, Inner Sanctum Mystery, The Private Files of Rex Saunders, Treasury Star Parade,[13] and It Can Be Done.[15]


A veteran of at least 10 daytime soaps, Woods' daytime debut was as Claire Bannister Steele on Young Dr. Malone from 1959-1963 as the serial's leading villainess. Following that, she appeared on The Edge of Night as Evelyn Dark (1964), A Flame in the Wind as Miriam Bentley (1964–66), The Nurses (where she starred with McMurray) as Vivian Gentry (1965-1967), Search for Tomorrow as the original Andrea Whiting (1967), Bright Promise as Isabel Jones (1971-1972), Return to Peyton Place as Zoe Tate (1972-1973), and Days of Our Lives as Dorothy Kelly (1978). On General Hospital, she played the role of Edna Hadley (1977-1978, 1980), the New York landlady who arranged for Heather Grant to sell her baby, Steven Lars. She guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville in 1976, originated the role of Amanda Ewing, Jock's first wife, on Dallas, and had a recurring role as Chase Gioberti's housekeeper, Mrs. Miller, on Falcon Crest (1984-1987). She played Langley Wallingford's first wife, Betty Miller (Hilary's mother) on All My Children in 1984, and was part of the original cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Grandma Logan from 1987 to 1989, and again in 2001, when her character was a great-great-grandmother.[2]

Television appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1956 Robert Montgomery Presents -----[16]


  1. ^ a b "Noted Radio Actress". The Evening News. February 9, 1939. p. 22. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ a b c "Lesley Woods". Variety. August 19, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-14. Actress Lesley Woods died Aug. 2 of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 90.
  3. ^ Lentz III, Harris M. (October 24, 2008). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture". McFarland – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Lesley Woods". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ Burr, Eugene (June 6, 1942). "New Plays on Broadway: Comes the Revelation". Billboard. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Buxton, Frank and Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. SBN 670-16240-x. Pp. 23, 40, 127, 160, 203, 204, 238, 253, 258.
  7. ^ "(untitled caption)". The Centralia Enterprise and Tribune. February 9, 1945. p. 6. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ "(untitled caption)". The Lincoln Star. October 19, 1941. p. 44. Retrieved October 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  9. ^ "Has Feminine Lead". The Evening News. June 19, 1942. p. 18. Retrieved October 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "'Casey' Cast". Harrisburg Telegraph. September 21, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "In Medical Drama". The Evening News. March 28, 1940. p. 24. Retrieved October 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ "'The Man I Married'-New WHP Daytime Serial Starts Monday". Harrisburg Telegraph. July 19, 1941. p. 26. Retrieved October 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ a b Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 184, 346, 550, 554, 680.
  14. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 2. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 596.
  15. ^ "In Edgar Guest Cast". The Evening News. October 4, 1938. p. 14. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  16. ^ Vernon, Terry (June 25, 1956). "Tele-Vues". Long Beach Independent. p. 28. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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