Martha Madison

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Martha Madison
BornMartha Anne Butterworth
(1977-07-27) July 27, 1977 (age 37)
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Years active2001-present
Spouse(s)A.J. Gilbert (m. 2007)
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Martha Madison
BornMartha Anne Butterworth
(1977-07-27) July 27, 1977 (age 37)
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Years active2001-present
Spouse(s)A.J. Gilbert (m. 2007)

Martha Madison (born Martha Anne Butterworth;[1] July 27, 1977) is an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Madison was born in Newport News, Virginia. She was raised in Houston, Texas, attended Cypress Creek High School, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a degree in psychology where she was also the Captain of the Texas A&M Dance Team.[1]

In 1999, she moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She danced with the Peyari Dance Project for two years. However, after several injuries, she was forced to retire from dance. In 2003, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film/television.

She became famous for portraying Belle Black on the soap opera Days of our Lives from 2004 to 2008. Madison was the third adult actress to portray Belle on the daytime drama, which was portrayed by Kirsten Storms from 1999 to 2004, then briefly by Charity Rahmer in 2004 before Madison took the role. She previously appeared on the daytime drama Passions and had a role in the film Kate and Leopold.

Starting in 2005, Madison was named an ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and helped re-design their website. Madison's mother has been living with multiple sclerosis for nearly 25 years.[1]

In 2007, Madison appeared on Tyra Banks' talk show to help Tyra through "soap opera school."[2]

In July 2009, Martha and her husband, AJ, opened a gastro sports pub in Studio City called Henry's Hat (which they named after their Weimeraner, Henry). Together, Martha and AJ also own Luna Park in Hollywood and Luna Park in San Francisco. The couple sold Henry's Hat in August 2012. They also sold Luna Park Los Angeles in March 2013.

In June 2011, Madison temp took over the role as Elizabeth Webber on General Hospital. Her air dates were from June 8–20, 2011.

In October 2012, Martha and AJ launched the first, free, web-based restaurant inventory management system called ChefSheet. You can currently download the app for free in the iTunes store.

Martha is currently the host of's "SoapBox with Lilly and Martha". Her co-host is Lilly Melgar from General Hospital. It airs live every Thursday at 2pm pacific on

Personal life[edit]

Martha became engaged to her boyfriend, restaurateur AJ Gilbert, the owner of Luna Park in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, on July 29, 2006 when he took her to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego for her birthday. Martha announced it on her official forum.[3] Martha and A.J. married on August 25, 2007.

In April 2013, Madison announced that she was pregnant with her first child. On November 3, 2013, Madison gave birth to her daughter Charley Elizabeth Gilbert.[4]



  1. ^ a b c Rienzo, Alice. "Martha Madison". Bella Online: The Voice for Women. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Who, Where and Wow!". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. p. 32. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Di Lauro, Janet (May 23, 2013). "Days of Our Lives Ex Martha Madison". Retrieved April 29, 2013. 


External links[edit]

2001Kate & LeopoldOffice Woman
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentSusan WatkinsEpisode:Cherry Red
2004PassionsLolaRole From: April 8, 2004 – April 14, 2004
2004–2008Days of our LivesIsabella "Belle" BlackRole From: August 10, 2004 – March 24, 2008
2006Biker Mice from MarsCatalina Cat/Cataina Mouse (voice)Episodes:New Cats in Town and The Tender Mouse Trap
2007The Singles TableMarried womanEpisode:The Work Dinner
2008Without a TraceJolieEpisode:Rewind
2009Criminal MindsKateEpisode:The Big Wheel
2009The Mother of InventionChandra
2011General HospitalElizabeth Webber # 2Temporary Recast; Role From: June 8, 2011 – June 20, 2011
2011Undercover BridesmaidSally
2010-2012The BayMarly21 episodes
NameMadison, Martha Anne
Alternative names
Short descriptionAmerican actor
Date of birthJuly 27, 1977
Place of birthNewport News, Virginia, U.S.
Date of death
Place of death