Friday, May 9, 2008

THE HAT SQUAD: BEVERLEE McKINSEY

Beverlee McKinsey, a well-known soap opera actress of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s who played strong women on “Another World” and “Guiding Light,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. She was 72 and lived in Los Angeles.

The cause was complications of a kidney transplant, her son, Scott McKinsey, said. (He's a director for 'General Hospital', where his Mom worked for a short time in 1994 as Myrna Slaughter.)

Her two best-known roles were Iris Carrington and Alexandra Spaulding. Ms. Carrington was a manipulative, father-obsessed woman on “Another World,” broadcast on NBC from 1970 to 1979. She reprised the role in 1980 and ’81 on the spinoff “Texas,” also on NBC.

From 1984 to 1992, Ms. McKinsey played the wealthy matriarch Alexandra Spaulding on “Guiding Light,” on CBS.

Among her other Toobworld credits are episodes of 'Hawaii Five-O' [pictured below], 'Remington Steele', 'Mannix', 'Cannon', 'Longstreet', and 'MacMillan & Wife'. Ms. McKinsey also played characters from the wild West past in 'Death Valley Days' and 'The Virginian'.

Had she only been able to play the role of Iris Carrington on a third NBC soap opera, say 'Days Of Our Lives' or 'Sunset Beach', she would have qualified for the TV Crossover Hall of Fame.

As Red Skelton would say, May God Bless.....

OTHER TV ROLES

"Remington Steele"
Vintage Steele (15 March 1983) - Alexis Vandermeer

"The ABC Afternoon Playbreak"
The Other Woman (4 December 1973) - Lorraine Collins

"
Cannon"
The Dead Samaritan (10 January 1973) - Rita Bell

"The Delphi Bureau"
The Man Upstairs-The Man Downstairs Project (26 October 1972) - Goldy

"McMillan & Wife"
Husbands, Wives, and Killers (10 November 1971) - Laurie Forrest

"Longstreet"
A World of Perfect Complicity (23 September 1971) - Sue Hazelton

"The F.B.I."
Summer Terror (8 February 1970) - Cathy Wheaton

"Death Valley Days"
The Wizard of Aberdeen (17 January 1970) - Maud Gage Baum

"Hawaii Five-O"
The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! (17 December 1969) - Jo Louise Mailer

"The Virginian"
The Substitute (5 November 1969) - Abby Clayton

"The Mod Squad"
A Hint of Darkness, a Hint of Light (11 February 1969) - Claudine Addison
Another Final Game (16 November 1972) - Evalyn Ellis

"Mannix"
Death Run (4 January 1969) - Carol Chase

"The Second Hundred Years"
Love on the Double (7 February 1968) - Flo

"Hawk"
Wall of Silence (22 December 1966) - Mattie Mulroy

"Preview Tonight"
The Cliff Dwellers (28 August 1966) - Actress

"The Defenders"
Only a Child (13 May 1965) - Karen McDermott

"The Nurses"
Where There's Smoke (9 March 1965) - Eileen Moore

"The Reporter"
Murder by Scandal (27 November 1964) - Ann

BCnU......
Toby OB

1 comment:

fanofbeverlee said...

Beverlee was a wonderful actress who will be missed by many in daytime. I grew up watching her and will never forget the spark she brought to her characters. Thanks for posting this :)