Patsy Pease

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Patsy Pease
BornPatricia Ann Pease
(1956-07-05) 5 July 1956 (age 56)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Years active1971-present
 
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Patsy Pease
BornPatricia Ann Pease
(1956-07-05) 5 July 1956 (age 56)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Years active1971-present

Patricia Ann "Patsy" Pease (born July 5, 1956) is an American soap opera actress. She is most known for her role as Kimberly Brady on Days of our Lives (1984 to 1990, 1991 to 1992 and guest returns in 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010).

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Career

Pease was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts four year bachelor's program in theater arts. She was awarded the governor's scholarship for her junior and senior years. She is an accredited teacher for the American Film Institute and S.A.G. Conservatory, dance teacher and fitness consultant. Pease's first soap opera role was as waitress Cissie Mitchell Sentell on Search for Tomorrow, a role she played from 1979 until 1983.

In 1984 Pease debuted as Kimberly Brady on Days of Our Lives. She was half of a popular supercouple in her love affair and eventual marriage to Charles Shaughnessy's character, Shane Donovan.

She won "Best Actress" in the Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1986 and the "Best Super Couple Award" the same year with Charles Shaughnessy. She was nominated again in 1988 for Best Actress, but won for "Best Super Couple" again the same year.

In 1990 she left the show when a storyline decision dictated that her character would give birth to a stillborn baby. Pease was pregnant at the time.

She returned again from 1991–1992 and has made several guest appearances for over 16 years.

Pease returned to Days of Our Lives as Kimberly Brady on June 24, 2010.

Personal life

Pease's nickname in high school was "Zonker".[citation needed] She attended the North Carolina Governor's School of Drama in the summer of 1973. Later she was accepted into the North Carolina School of the Arts BFA program in the theater arts. Working her way through her freshman year, she was mentored by Broadway jazz dancer Mollie Murray and taught summer classes. She also performed as a jazz dancer for NCSA. She won the Governor's Scholarship for outstanding performance in both her junior and senior years. She played "a mean 12 bar blues" piano at a Winston-Salem supper club during the summer to pay for her one-way bus ticket to New York City after graduation.

Pease checked hats and coats at the Copacabana in New York, waited tables, cleaned apartments and lived on a five floor walk up, sharing one bathroom with 20 girls at the famous Rehearsal Club. She landed the role of the country and western Cissie Mitchell for Search For Tomorrow in 1978. But dance was in her blood so she left a contract role after two years, to the shock of the producers and her agent, to 'shadow' Bob Fosse's entourage and "gypsy" New York's finest jazz and ballet classes until she left with her boyfriend for Los Angeles in 1981.

In Los Angeles, Pease's agency dropped her, her boyfriend left and her car was stolen. So she went to the nearest Big Five and bought the best tennis shoe available and, "New York style", just walked until she found work. She worked for fitness phenomena Karen Voight. Pease did not own a TV, slept on a futon and struggled to pay the rent for a one room walk up in the downtown Wilshire area. She studied Tae Kwon Do with master Jun Chong to keep her spirits up and survive the neighborhood. Then she got a phone call from casting for Days Of Our Lives. She was not listed so, to this day, she has no idea how they found her. She was asked to audition the next day. Pease had to thumb a ride to get to the Sunset Gower Studios in time. The stage manager grabbed her when she arrived and dryed off the sweat from Pease's clothes with a hair dryer from make-up. "Never let them see you sweat", was the advice that stayed with her during the four call back auditions over the next few days. She waited until everyone left so they would not see her waiting for a bus to go home.

In July 1984, Pease was hired as one of daytime TVs all-time favorite characters, Kimberly Brady. She stayed in contract until 1992. Pease had strong maternal instincts to care for her two sons. One was born with a rare disease, arthrogryposis. She knew she belonged caring for both her children instead of having someone else raise them. So she left show business until after her son had 12 surgeries and recovered fully.

Pease went on to do six films and recurring parts for "The Young and the Restless". She also worked on Days whenever they needed her.

When Pease returned to Days, in 1991, she went public with her own story; her mother was schizophrenic and tortured her and her two siblings for years.[1] Her mother committed suicide when Pease was 15 years old. Her brother never recovered and died when he was 29. Pease suffered four spine surgeries as a result of what happened to her. After years of counseling, she maintains a "no victims allowed" policy. Pease went public to carry the message of recovery and hope to thousands of people still suffering. "The key", she points out, "is personal responsibility and forgiveness".

Currently, Pease speaks with support groups.

Television and film roles

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