Jill Larson

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Jill Larson
Born(1947-10-07) October 7, 1947 (age 67)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1980–present
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Jill Larson
Born(1947-10-07) October 7, 1947 (age 67)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active1980–present

Jill Larson (born October 7, 1947) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Opal Cortlandt on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children.

Life and career[edit]

Larson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Ruth Evangeline (née Boyce), an interior decorator, and John Charles Larson, an aerospace engineer.[1] She has three sisters. Larson attended the same high school as Dorothy Lyman, who played Opal on All My Children before her. She enrolled at the University of Minnesota (eventually, she finished her education at Hunter College), and began singing in nightclubs with a group called Just Us. It was not long before Just Us was discovered and headed to New York City, where they recorded several soundtracks, including the one for the film, Rachel, Rachel, starring Joanne Woodward.

Larson and her sister traveled throughout Europe in a bus, before she settled in Paris, France. She became a model, and was soon appearing in major American and European fashion spreads. While in Paris, she also landed her first film role (as a Swedish au pair) in Deadly Trap, starring Faye Dunaway and Frank Langella. Her next film role was as Jeanne Moreau's rival for her character's younger lover in the film, Dear Louise.

Larson made her Broadway debut in Death and the King's Horseman (1987). Other Broadway credits include Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade and Dancing in the End Zone by Bill Davis. Her Off-Broadway credits include Mayo Simon's two-person play These Men (1980) and Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play (1982). Other regional credits include Private Lives, Full Gallop (a one-woman show portraying the famous editor of vogue, Diana Vreeland), Holiday, The Seagull, the title roles in Agnes of God and Gypsy. In addition to performing, Larson produced the cabaret revue Serious Bizness (1983). One of her proudest accomplishments was producing and appearing in Wicked & My So Called Life - a comedy revue written by Winnie Holzman and David Babcock, which ran successfully Off-Broadway for 8 months.

In 1986, Larson made her daytime television debut as TV columnist Judith Clayton on CBS's As the World Turns. In 1988, she briefly played bomb-loving psycho Ursula Blackwell on One Life to Live before landing the role of Opal on All My Children.[2] In June 2006, after approximately 17 years on contract at All My Children, Larson was taken off contract and reassigned to recurring status. But in early December 2009, ABC announced that, effective immediately, Larson would go back to contract status to ensure her stay with the show through its move to LA. She returned to All My Children on the short-lived revival web series in 2013.[3] In 2014, Larson guest starred on The Young and the Restless.[4]

In addition to her career on the daytime televison, Larson appeared in a number of films, such as in television series such as White Squall (1996), Were the World Mine (2008) and Shutter Island (2010), and guest starred on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Desperate Housewives, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2014 she had the leading role in the horror-thriller film, The Taking of Deborah Logan.[5][6]



1971The Deadly TrapAu pair
1972Dear Louise
1980The Day the Women Got EvenPaula RobinsonTelevision film
1986Wise GuysMrs. Fixer
1990Over the LimitMrs. WalshTelevision film
1996White SquallPeggy Beaumont
1996Vertical City
2005Barry Dingle
2007The Living WakeAlma Binew
2008Were the World MineNora Bellinger
2008ManhattanitesMrs. Grimm
2010Shutter IslandManacled Woman
2012Soap LifeHerselfDocumentary film
2014First KissKisserShort film
2014Red Velvet CakeDeniseShort film
2014The Taking of Deborah LoganDeborah Logan


1984Santa BarbaraGarnetteRecurring role
1985The EqualizerSingle FemaleEpisode: "Mama's Boy"
1986-1987As the World TurnsJudith ClaytonRecurring role
1988Kate & AllieFelicia BromptonEpisode: "Working Women"
1988-1989One Life to LiveUrsula BlackwellSeries regular
1989-2011, 2013All My ChildrenOpal CortlandtSeries regular
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1991, 1993)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Wedding: Daytime (1992)
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentClara HollandEpisode: "Bombshell"
2011Desperate HousewivesSister MartaEpisode: "Farewell Letter"
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLucinda KempEpisode: "Tressed to Kill"
2014The Young and the RestlessConnie RossRecurring role


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