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Courtney as Alice Matthews Frame, 1975.
September 24, 1946
East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
December 20, 2010 (aged 64)|
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carl Desiderio (1970–1978)|
After short stints on The Edge of Night and Our Five Daughters, Courtney became famous for her role as Alice Matthews Frame on Another World; she played the role from the show's debut in May 1964 until July 1975. It was during the late 1960s that the Alice/Steve/Rachel triangle became one of the hottest storylines on daytime, pairing her with George Reinholt as the charismatic Steve Frame, and setting her in a rivalry with "bad girl" Rachel Davis, played at the time by Robin Strasser and later by Victoria Wyndham.
In 1975, Courtney and Reinholt were fired, allegedly for "storyline purposes." Head writer Harding Lemay wrote in his memoir, Eight Years in Another World, that Courtney was fired because she was a bad actress who refused to learn lines as written, although she had huge popularity with the soap audience. After being dismissed by producer Paul Rauch, Courtney went on to play Pat Ashley on ABC's One Life to Live, where she was reunited with George Reinholt, playing Tony Lord. In 1979, just as Courtney was involved in a storyline involving a psychotic twin sister, Maggie, Robin Strasser joined the cast as Dorian Lord. Courtney remained on the show until September 1983, when the network fired her just before bringing Paul Rauch in as producer.
Courtney reconciled her differences with Another World and started back on the show as Alice on the 20th anniversary show in May 1984. She played the role until the next year when she was fired due to lack of story for the character. In 1989 she returned for the show's 25th anniversary and for Mackenzie Cory's funeral. After a small role as madame Diane Winston on Loving in 1987, Courtney retired from acting, though she appeared, alongside Reinholt, on the TV special 50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration in 1994.
- The Edge of Night (Kitty DeMarco) 
- The Edge of Night (Viola Smith) 
- Our Five Daughters (Ann Lee) 
- This Is the Life episode "Karen's Fears" 
- Route 66 episode "Same Picture, Different Frame" 
- The Doctors 
- Route 66 episode "Follow the White Dove with the Broken Wing" 
- Another World (Alice Matthews Frame) [1964–1975, 1983–1984, 1989]
- One Life to Live (Patricia Kendall) [1975–1983]
- Loving (Diane Winston) [1987–1988]
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