Lesley Woods

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Lesley Woods
Born (1910-08-22)August 22, 1910
Berwick, Iowa, United States
Died August 2, 2003(2003-08-02) (aged 92)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 1936-2001
Spouse(s) Richard McMurray

Lesley Woods (August 22, 1910 - August 2, 2003) was an American stage and television actress.


She was born on August 22, 1910 and began her career in Broadway shows, including "A Case of Libel" as well as radio, including The Guiding Light. She was a member of Theatre West. Lesley Woods also did the voice of Mary Wesley, the title character's girlfriend, a role she shared with Jan Miner on Boston Blackie.[1]

A veteran of at least 10 daytime soaps, her 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), and 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 1987-1989, and again in 2001. [1]

She was married to Richard McMurray. Sam McMurray is her stepson.[1]

She died on August 2, 2003.


  1. ^ 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. 

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