Michelle Stafford

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Michelle Stafford
Michelle Stafford 2011.jpg
Stafford in 2011.
Born(1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Years active1990-present
Children1
Website
www.michellestafford.com
 
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Michelle Stafford
Michelle Stafford 2011.jpg
Stafford in 2011.
Born(1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Years active1990-present
Children1
Website
www.michellestafford.com

Michelle Stafford (born September 14, 1965) is an American actress, writer and producer, best known for her role as Phyllis Summers in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2013, Stafford created her own web comedy series, The Stafford Project. In 2014 she began starring as Nina Clay in the ABC soap opera, General Hospital.

Career[edit]

In 1990 Stafford was cast in Fox soap opera Tribes. The show was canceled after 3-month airing on Fox.[2] She later appeared in two plays directed by Charles Durning in Los Angeles stage, and co-starred in several small films.[3]

In October 1994, Stafford began what was supposed to be a short term role of Phyllis Summers on the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless; however, her work impressed the producers and she was placed on contract.[4][5] In 1997, Stafford left the series to pursue other career opportunities, and she was replaced by Sandra Nelson.[6] In 1997 she was cast in Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades as lead character, but show was canceled after 13 episodes. She later guest-starred in Two Guys and a Girl, Diagnosis: Murder, and JAG. In film, Stafford appeared in 1999 thriller Double Jeopardy opposite Ashley Judd.

In July 2000, Stafford was brought back to the soap opera by former head writer Kay Alden.[7] From December 2006 to February 2007, Stafford played dual roles on Y&R, portraying Sheila Carter, formerly played by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila had plastic surgery to look like Phyllis).[8] In May 2013, it was announced that Stafford would be exiting the soap opera after sixteen years in the role.[9] Stafford later confirmed that her final scenes would air sometime that August.[10] Stafford exited the series on August 2, 2013.[11]

In 2004, Stafford was a hockey correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Stafford starred in Lifetime movie Like Mother, Like Daughter in 2007.[12] In 2007, Stafford appeared on Tyra Banks' talk show to help Tyra through "soap opera school."[13] In 2012 she appeared as Lauren on the web series The Grove, created by Crystal Chappell. She also guest-starred in Frasier, Charmed, and Ringer.[14] She subsequently launched her web series, The Stafford Project, based on her personal life and struggles, with the first episode premiering on her YouTube Channel on August 5, 2013.[15] The series received positive reviews from critics. Michael Logan of TV Guide appreciated the web series, calling it "terrific and audacious" and saying that "there's never a dull moment in the life of Michelle Stafford".[16] Jamey Giddens of the entertainment website Zap2it said that Stafford is "as viable and fiery as ever", calling The Stafford Project "insanely-funny".[17]

In 2014, Stafford returned to daytime television with the role of Nina Clay, the wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Stafford’s long-rumored addition to the cast was made official when her character Nina, the presumed-dead wife of Silas, suddenly appeared at the very end of the episode on May 1, 2014.[18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Stafford was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents moved her and her older sister, Janine, to Montrose, California, where she was raised. After graduating from high school, Stafford chased after her dream of modeling.[21] Stafford had a daughter, Natalia Scout Lee Stafford, via surrogate on Monday, December 21, 2009.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Body of InfluenceMadam
1994Another Midnight RunHotel GuestTelevision film
1999Double JeopardySuzanne Monroe
2000AttractionSuzanne
2002LostRachelShort film
2002CottonmouthRenee Alexander
2003Vampires AnonymousTaffeta Munro
2007Like Mother, Like DaughterDawna WilliamsTelevision film
2007Totally Baked: A Pot-U-MentaryJessica
20083 Days GoneDetective Holloway
2008CaraAgentShort film
2013ParkerPhyllis Summers
2014On Georgia's MindTriciaShort film
2014Earth Fall

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990TribesFrankieSeries regular, 13 episodes
1994RenegadeLauren JessupEpisode: "The Posse"
1994Models Inc.Girl in the toiletsEpisode: "Blind by Love"
1994–97, 2000–13The Young and the RestlessPhyllis SummersSeries regular
1997Pacific PalisadesJoanna HadleySeries regular, 13 episodes
1998PlayersVanessa EvansEpisode: "Wrath of Con"
1998Two Guys and a GirlAprilEpisode: "Two Guys, a Girl and a Softball Team"
1999Diagnosis: MurderTrishEpisodes: "Gangland: Part One" and "Gangland: Part Two"
1999JAGSuzanne MooreEpisode: "Contemptuous Words"
2000V.I.P.Nancy BiggsEpisode: "Val Point Blank"
2001FrasierHeather MurphyEpisode: "The First Temptation of Daphne"
2002Judging AmyLinda BarnesEpisode: "The Bottle Show"
2005ClubhouseSydneyEpisode: "Between First and Home"
2005CharmedMandiEpisode: "Desperate Housewitches"
2011RingerPeggy LewisEpisode: "If You Ever Want a French Lesson..."
2013The Stafford ProjectHerselfWeb series, also writer and executive producer
2014-presentGeneral HospitalNina Clay[23]Series regular

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards
YearAwardWorkResultRef
1996
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Young and the Restless
Nominated
[24]
1997
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
[25]
2003
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[26]
2004
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
[27]
2005
Daytime Emmy Award for Irresistible Combination (shared with Peter Bergman)Nominated
[28]
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[29]
2007
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[30]
2008
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[31]
2010
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[32]
2011
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[33]
2013
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
[34]
Soap Opera Digest Awards
YearAwardWorkResultRef
1996
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer
The Young and the Restless
Won
[35]
1997
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – DaytimeWon
[36][37]
2001
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Scene StealerNominated
[38]
2003
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaWon
[39]
2005
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaNominated
[28]

References[edit]

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