Veteran Soap Actress Marj Dusay Has Passed Away At 83


Marj Dusay, who in the course of her career appeared on All My Children, Guiding Light (GL), Capitol, Santa Barbara and Days Of Our Lives (DOOL) passed away on January 28 at the age of 83.

The actress was probably best known for her role as Alexandra Spaulding on GL, a character she played from 1993 to 2009. She appeared as Vanessa Cortlandt on AMC from 1998 to 2002, and as Vivian Alamain on DOOL from 1992 to 1993.

Many of the actress’ fans and co-stars took to social media to express their sorrow at her passing. Vincent Irizarry, who played her on-screen son Lujack on GL, called her a force of nature who made the roles she played her own.

“I reached out to her a couple months back, having heard that she was having a difficult time with some physical challenges as of late,” Irizarry posted. “I’m grateful to have heard her voice one last time, to have heard her infectious laughter one last time… RIP darling Marj. Your gift was our blessing.”

“#MarjDusay as a person was the most remarkable, loyal & brave woman!” Robin Strasser, who most recently played Vivian on DOOL, posted in tribute. “Professionally, she had such elegance, wit & grace! I was always flattered when told we look alike & we often were submitted for the same roles-RIP MARJ.”

The actress began her career in 1967 and guest-starred on a number of primetime shows, including Get Smart, Bonanza, Star Trek, The Bionic Woman, Family Affair and Hawaii-Five-O. Her first soap stint was as Myrna Clegg on Capitol in 1983.

Dusay leaves behind her daughter Debra Blocker, granddaughter Deena Blocker and son-in-law David Blocker.

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Bonnie Byrne

Bonnie Byrne

Bonnie is a freelance writer who has a passion for Stephen King novels, Outlander, sci-fi movies and soap operas, especially the Bold And The Beautiful and the Young And The Restless. Her favorite pastime is getting together with a good friend and having a laugh.