June 1, 1956 |
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Werner Roth (m. 2006–present)
Ray Manzella (m. May 27, 1978–December 26, 1984; divorced)
Mattson made her daytime debut as troubled teen Hope Bauer on Guiding Light in 1976, her only complete heroine on the soaps. She received a Soap Opera Digest Award and an Emmy Award nomination for her first major role as Heather Webber on General Hospital. During Ilene Kristen's absence from Ryan's Hope, she played Delia Ryan (1984). Replacing Linda Gibboney on Santa Barbara, she received additional Emmy nominations as Gina Blake Lockridge, a role she played from December 1985 through the final episode in January 1993. Mattson then moved to New York to play Janet Green on All My Children (1994–2000). Over the next few years, she took on several short term roles on The Bold and the Beautiful (2003), Madame Cheri Love on As the World Turns (2007), and Lee Michaels on Days of Our Lives (2010–11). Mattson returned to General Hospital on two occasions, first in 2004 for six months, where she was reunited with her former Santa Barbara co-star Jed Allan, and in the spring of 2012. Mattson has continued to play the role for storyline arcs of varying lengths as the plotline dictated. Mattson would exit in early 2015 but returned once again in May 2016.
Film and primetime television
Mattson began acting at age seven.
She made her screen debut in Namu, the Killer Whale (1966). She co-starred in Bonnie's Kids (1973), Candy Stripe Nurses (1974) and Return to Macon County (1975). She appeared in a number of made for television films and guest starred in a number of primetime series, include Marcus Welby, M.D., Happy Days, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard and Law & Order.
Mattson was born in Los Angeles, California. She is married to former soccer player Werner Roth. The couple married on June 3, 2006. She was previously married to film director Ray Manzella, from May 27, 1978 until December 26, 1984.
She studied criminology at Santa Monica College while still attending Santa Monica high school, through an advanced placement program meant for gifted students. She said in an interview that she "did not set out to be an actress." She elaborated by adding, "In my idealistic youth, I felt there must be some kind of better programs than punishing people in jail, thus criminology held an interest for me."
|1966||Namu, the Killer Whale||Lisa Rand|
|1967||Island of the Lost||Lizzie MacRae|
|1974||Candy Stripe Nurses||Dianne|
|1974||Phantom of the Paradise||Groupie|
|1975||The Secret Night Caller||Jan Durant||Television film|
|1975||Return to Macon County||Junell|
|1978||Superdome||Gail Green||Television film|
|1978||Doctors' Private Lives||Sheila||Television film|
|1978||Are You in the House Alone?||Allison Bremer||Television film|
|1979||Captain America||Tina Hayden||Television film|
|1979||Hot Rod||Jenny||Television film|
|1979||Mirror, Mirror||Pamela Gorman||Television film|
|1980||Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die||Shelby Battles||Television film|
|1984||In 'n Out||Nancy|
|1988||Take Two||Susan Bentley|
|1989||False Witness||Jody||Television film|
|1990||Menu for Murder||Jan Mayfield||Television film|
|1991||In Between||Margo Turner|
|1994||Green Dolphin Beat||Rose||Television film|
|1967||Flipper||Robin James||Episode: "Cap'n Flint"|
|1967||Gentle Ben||Jenny Maddox||Episode: "Gator Man"|
|1967||Off to See the Wizard||Lizzie MacRae||Episodes: "Island of the Lost: Part 1" and "Island of the Lost: Part 2"|
|1970||Daniel Boone||Brae||Episode: "Israel and Love"|
|1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Mavis Brander||Episode: "Dark Corridors"|
|1975||Happy Days||Linda||Episode: "Three on a Porch"|
|1976-1977||Guiding Light||Hope Bauer||Series regular|
|1978||James at 15||Janice Gordon||Episode: "Unrequited Love... Twice"|
|1978||What Really Happened to the Class of '65?||Linda||Episode: "Class Clown"|
|1978||The Six Million Dollar Man||Da Nay||Episode: "The Lost Island"|
|1978||The Runaways||Melinda||Episode: "Melinda and the Pinball Wizard"|
|1978||The Incredible Hulk||Irene||Episode: "Ricky"|
|1978||Barnaby Jones||Shelly Barrett||Episode: "Hitch-Hike to Terror"|
|1978||Sword of Justice||Carol||Episode: "Girl on the Edge"|
|1978||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Sheila||Episode: "Scorpion's Sting"|
|1978||The Eddie Capra Mysteries||Jill Turnbull||Episode: "Where There's Smoke"|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Erica Burke||Episode: "Of Ghosts and Angels"|
|1980||The Dukes of Hazzard||Diane Benson||Episode: "Carnival of Thrills"|
|1980–1983, 2004, 2012–2014, 2014–||General Hospital||Heather Webber||Series regular (1980–83)
Soapy Award for Favorite Villainess (1981, 83, 84)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1983)
|1984||Fantasy Island||Wendy Collins||Episode: "The Awakening of Love/The Impostor"|
|1984||Ryan's Hope||Delia Ryan||Recurring role|
|1985-1993||Santa Barbara||Gina Capwell||Series regular
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime (1989–90)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1987–89)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actress: Daytime (1988)
|1993||Silk Stalkings||Susan Enwright||Episode: "Schemes Like Old Times"|
|1994-2000||All My Children||Janet Dillon||Series regular
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Scene Stealer (1996)
|2002||Law & Order||Francine Landen||Episode: "American Jihad"|
|2003||The Bold and the Beautiful||Sugar||Recurring role|
|2007||As the World Turns||Cheri Love||Recurring role|
|2010-2011||Days of Our Lives||Lee Michaels||Recurring role|
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