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is a professional actress, acting coach, writer, and producer with credits in film, television, and Broadway.

As an actress, she set a record by starring in nine different roles in six soap operas, seven of which were contract roles...more than any other actor in daytime drama. Her best-remembered parts include Lyla Montgomery on "As the World Turns" and the unusual dual role of Ruby Collins and Dr. Sharon Reaves on "The Young & The Restless." She is the only actress in soap history to play two roles on the same show at the same time that were not related in any way.

During the fifteen years she was on daytime, she was also a judge for the National Emmy awards. For six years she penned a biweekly column for  "Soap Opera Digest" and wrote feature articles for other fan magazines.

In 2000 she returned to Louisiana and began training all levels of actors to work in film through her school, The Actors Alliance. She was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2009 she signed on as executive producer of the award-winning short film "Halfway."