Jacqueline Courtney

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Jacqueline Courtney
Jacqueline Courtney 1975.JPG
Courtney as Alice Matthews Frame, 1975.
Born Sharon Courtney
(1946-09-24)September 24, 1946
East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Died December 20, 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 64)
Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1961–1989
Spouse(s) Carl Desiderio (1970–1978)

Jacqueline Courtney (born Sharon Courtney; September 24, 1946 – December 20, 2010) was an American actress best known for her work on daytime soap operas.

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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

Courtney died on December 20, 2010, aged 64, from metastatic melanoma.[2] She was survived by a daughter, Jennifer, by her marriage to Carl Desiderio.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Jacqueline Courtney on IMDb
  2. ^ Notice of death of Jacqueline Courtney, welovesoaps.net, December 2010; accessed September 28, 2014.