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Pamela Payton-Wright Bio

(Addie, OLTL)


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BIRTHDATE: November 1
HAILS FROM: Pittsburgh, PA
YEARS ON SHOW: 1992-present

Long before Pamela Payton-Wright began recurring as Addie, the actress made her mark on Broadway and in television, earning a prime-time Emmy Award nomination for her role as John Quincy Adams's wife in the 1976 TV miniseries THE ADAMS CHRONICLES. She first appeared on OLTL in 1992 as Blair's mentally challenged mother who'd been institutionalized most of her life (and raped, producing Blair). But thanks to a breakthrough treatment, Addie was released from St. Ann's on Christmas Eve 2007 with a fancy makeover and a whole new lease on life.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Her only non-acting job was a temporary job as a secretary, which she treated as another role. "I went to my closet and opened the door and said, 'Well, what does a secretary wear?' And I got my costume all set," recalls Payton-Wright.
  2. OLTL planned to kill off her character when Addie was hiding under someone else's covers at St. Ann's, but co-stars Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair) campaigned to save the character.
  3. She was a class ahead of co-star Erika Slezak (Viki) at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
  4. Received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance in Mourning Becomes Electra.
  5. Awarded the 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Play for "A Touch of the Poet" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
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Other Soap Roles
ANOTHER WORLD (Hazel Parker, 1979-80)

Guest-Starring TV Roles
LAW & ORDER (Vivian McBride, 1999)
HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET (Sister Magdalena Weber, 1994, 1997)
LAW & ORDER (Katherine McKinnon, 1993)
SPENSER: FOR HIRE (Karen Fuller, 1987)
THE ADAMS CHRONICLES (Louisa Catherine Adams, 1976)
MOVIN' ON (Francie Simms, 1974)
WIDE WORLD MYSTERY (Rosalind, 1973)
MEDICAL CENTER (Jessie, 1971, 1972)
BONANZA (Zeena Harris, 1972)
GUNSMOKE (Emma Donavan, 1972)
MANNIX (1971)
CANNON (Ginger, 1971)
NET Playhouse (1971)

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