Margaret Ladd

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Margaret Ladd
Born (1942-11-08) November 8, 1942 (age 75)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Years active1964-
Spouse(s)Lyle Kessler (2 children)

Margaret Ladd (born November 8, 1942) is an American actress, best known for her role as Emma Channing in the CBS primetime soap opera, Falcon Crest (1981–90).

Life and career[edit]

Ladd was born in Providence, Rhode Island.[1][2] She began acting on the 1960s soap opera A Flame in the Wind as Jane Skerba from 1964 to 1965. She later starred in films include The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) and A Wedding (1978), and appeared on number of television shows. like Taxi and Quincy, M.E.. Ladd also co-starred in a number of made-for-television movies, and had supporting roles in films I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, The Escape Artist, and The Whales of August. She also appeared in Broadway shows, like My Sweet Charlie and Sheep on the Runway.[3]

Ladd is best known for playing Emma Channing in the 1980s CBS primetime soap opera, Falcon Crest[4][5] throughout its nine-year run from 1981 to 1990. Her last role was a small part in the film What's up, Scarlet? (2005); her first appearance after a hiatus of 14 years. In 2014, she appeared in two episodes of Amazon comedy-drama, Mozart in the Jungle. In 2016, Ladd was cast in the Woody Allen TV series Crisis in Six Scenes for Amazon Studios.[6]

Ladd is married to playwright Lyle Kessler, they have twins Katherine and Michael.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle Andrea
1978 A Wedding Ruby Spar
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Lara
1982 The Escape Artist Reporter #2
1987 The Whales of August Young Libby Strong
2005 What's Up, Scarlet? Estelle
2016 As Constant as the Northern Star Auggie Short film, post-production
TBA Hobo 1 Meets Hobo 2 Short film, post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1964 A Flame in the Wind Jane Skerba TV series
1979 The Seeding of Sarah Burns Bonnie TV film
1979 Taxi Miss Stallworth "Honor Thy Father"
1980 Quincy, M.E. Nurse Margaret Aldred "Cover-Up"
1980 The Love Tapes Gloria TV film
1981–1989 Falcon Crest Emma Channing Main role
1987 Hotel Libby "Unfinished Business"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Libby Morris "The Shadow of Death"
2014–15 Mozart in the Jungle Claire "You Have Insulted Tchaikovsky", "You Go to My Head", "Leave Everything Behind"
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Gail 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Margaret Ladd - Biography - Movies & TV -". 1945-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Ladd". Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  3. ^ "Margaret Ladd Theatre Credits". Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  4. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996-09-15). Total television: the comprehensive guide to programming from 1948 to the present. Penguin Books. p. 271. ISBN 978-0-14-024916-3. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Friday". TV Guide, Volume 37, Issues 48-52. Triangle Publications. 1989. p. 131. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Woody Allen Amazon series adds to cast". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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