Jess Walton

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Jess Walton
Born(1949-02-18) February 18, 1949 (age 66)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1969 - present
Spouse(s)Bruce Davison (1973, annulled)
John James (1980-present; 2 children)
 
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Jess Walton
Born(1949-02-18) February 18, 1949 (age 66)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1969 - present
Spouse(s)Bruce Davison (1973, annulled)
John James (1980-present; 2 children)

Jess Walton (born February 18, 1949) is an American actress, best known for her role as Jill Foster Abbott Fenmore on the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless.

Early life[edit]

Mary Jess Walton was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but raised in Toronto, Canada.[1] She attended the prestigious Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School in Toronto. Walton left home at the age of 17 and joined a Toronto theater company.[2] In 1969, she moved to Hollywood and in next year, signed with Universal Studios.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1970s, Walton guest-starred in a number of television shows, such as Medical Center, Kojak, Marcus Welby, M.D., Ironside,The Rockford Files, Gunsmoke, Cannon, and Barnaby Jones. She co-starred in film The Strawberry Statement (1970), and portrayed the female lead roles of The Peace Killers (1971) and Monkeys in the Attic (1974). She also appeared in The Hunted Lady (1977) starring Donna Mills. During that time her social life also heated up and she was briefly wed to actor Bruce Davison from 1972-3, though their marriage was annulled within the year.[3] However, her life began to spiral out of control when she turned to alcohol and drugs. In 1980, she battled her addiction and completed rehab.[1]

In 1984, Walton returned to acting with the role of Kelly Harper on the CBS daytime soap opera, Capitol. The show was cancelled in 1987.[1] Later in that year, Walton joined the cast of another CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, in the role as Jill Foster Abbott. The role was originally portrayed by Brenda Dickson, who departed in 1980, and the role was first recast with Deborah Adair. In 1983, Dickson returned to the role, and though she stated that she would never leave, she was replaced by Walton in 1987. Walton won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1997 for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Jill,[4] and was nominated in 1996 and 2000.[5][6] She also won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1991,[7] after a nomination in 1990.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Walton is married to John James, an author and founder of The Grief Recovery Institute.[1] In an interview, Walton stated that "[B]efore [John James], I had always gone for bohemian, rock and roll types. John didn't fit the image; he was straighter." The couple have a son, Cole (b. 1981) and daughter, Allison and reside in Oregon.

Walton briefly dated one of the managers for Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and for a time, she associated with them and other musicians, including Laura Nyro and Neil Young. In an interview, Walton recalled a memorable occasion where Nyro taught Walton and Mitchell how to belly dance. Walton says that one of the houses featured on Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon cover belonged to her.[9]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1969The Guns of Will SonnettAbbey GarciaEpisode: "Robber's Roost"
1970The Strawberry StatementStudent
1970The Young LawyersClara SmithEpisode: "MacGillicuddy Always Was a Pain in the Neck"
1970MontserratTelevision film
1971The F.B.I.Mary DouglasEpisode: "The Last Job"
1971The Peace KillersKristen
1971Medical CenterNancyEpisode: "Martyr"
1972Young Dr. KildareLibby CabotEpisode: "Death of Innocents"
1972The Sixth SenseLilly WarrenEpisode: "Coffin, Coffin in the Sky"
1972The VictimSusan ChappelTelevision film
1972Marcus Welby, M.D.Naomi SobelEpisode: "Unto the Next Generation"
1972-1973The Bold Ones: The New DoctorsSharon McGrawEpisodes: "Short Flight to a Distant Star" and "The Night Crawler"
1973Owen Marshall, Counselor at LawSheila ArnoldEpisode: "Seed of Doubt"
1973You'll Never See Me AgainVicki BlissTelevision film
1973GunsmokePatriciaEpisode: "Patricia"
1973IronsideDebbieEpisode: "The Ghost of the Dancing Doll"
1973CannonMelanieEpisode: "Arena of Fear"
1974GriffPenny CoyleEpisode: "All the Lonely People"
1974KojakCheryl PopeEpisode: "Die Before They Wake"
1974TomaEpisode: "Indictment"
1974Rex Harrison Presents Stories of LoveAngeliqueTelevision film
1974SierraGailEpisode: "Cruncher"
1974Monkeys in the AtticElaine
1974Marcus Welby, M.D.Dr. Janet OliverEpisode: "The Fatal Challenge"
1974IronsideJenniferEpisode: "The Lost Cotillion"
1975The Six Million Dollar ManE.J. HaskellEpisode: "Taneha"
1975CannonJanet CoinEpisode: "Missing at FL307"
1975Movin' OnOliviaEpisode: "Ammo"
1975The Rockford FilesLaura SmithEpisode: "The Four Pound Brick"
1975GunsmokeKattalin LarraldeEpisode: "Manolo"
1975S.W.A.T.Carole RitchieEpisode: "Hit Men"
1975CannonJanice ElderEpisode: "The Victim"
1975Starsky and HutchTheresa DefustoEpisode: "Shootout"
1976Jigsaw JohnEpisode: "Thicker Than Blood"
1976BarettaMurielEpisode: "Soldier in the Jungle"
1976The Streets of San FranciscoLois FlynnEpisode: "In Case of Madness"
1977SwitchAngela MendarezEpisode: "Three for the Money"
1977Barnaby JonesDoris CarsonEpisode: "The Killer on Campus"
1977The Hunted LadyKateTelevision film
1979The Return of Mod SquadKateTelevision film
1979Mrs. ColumboJudy ArnoEpisode: "A Chilling Surprise"
1980InsightJoannaEpisode: "Thea"
1984-1987CapitolKelly HarperSeries regular
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1986, 88)
1987-presentThe Young and the RestlessJill Foster AbbottSeries regular
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1997)
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1991)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1994)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1996, 2000)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1990)
Nominated — Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actress in a Daytime Serial (1997, 2003)
Nominated — Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Daytime Serial (1998, 2009)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama (1996, 2000)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime (1989)
1999Wasted in BabylonHellen Cook
2005Paper BagsMargaret RoseShort film
2006The Return of the MuskratsSoap ActressShort film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Jess Walton 411 - Soap Opera Digest". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Jess Walton Biography". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "A Role as a Gay Companion Brings Bruce Davison An Oscar Buzz". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1997". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1996". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 2000". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1991". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 1990". SoapOperaDigest.com. Retrieved January 13, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Raising Cane". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-27. p. 20. 

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