NANCY LEE GRAHN
Alexis Davis on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"
Genuine, intelligent and independent are just a few of the words that can describe Emmy Award-winning actress Nancy Lee Grahn. The seasoned actress, who arrived at "General Hospital" in 1996, plays strong and savvy Alexis Davis, a brilliant attorney with a sense of humor. In July 2001 Grahn graced the cover of the prestigious magazine "California Lawyer," with a caption that read "Move over Ally; 'General Hospital's' Alexis Davis is the best lawyer on television." She received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work in 2000 and won the Daytime Emmy award in 2012.
Grahn grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and makes frequent return trips to visit family members. It was in a Skokie community theater production of "Oklahoma" that she landed her first role, "the pony on the left that pulled the surrey with the fringe on top." But as she matured, so did her roles. While attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she had the great fortune to study with Sandy Meisner and Bill Epsen. She went on to land roles in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Guys and Dolls," "Two for the Seesaw" and "Barefoot in the Park" at various repertory theaters across the country, including the Goodman Repertory theater in Chicago and Michigan's Meadowbrook theater.
After she decided to move to Los Angeles, Grahn's television career began to blossom. Her first role was that of Beverly Wilks, Marco Dane's secretary, on the Daytime drama "One Life to Live." She went on to win guest-starring roles on such shows as "Magnum, P.I.," "Murder, She Wrote," "Babylon V" and "Diagnosis Murder," among others. She has also played recurring roles on Aaron Spelling's "Models Inc." and "Melrose Place," "7th Heaven," as well as Stephen Bochco's "Murder One." But the role dearest to Grahn's heart was that of Julia Wainwright on the Daytime drama "Santa Barbara," for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 1989.
As much joy as Grahn receives from her work, it pales in comparison to the joy she receives from her daughter, Katherine Grace. She refers to it as "heaven on a stick." Her presence in Grahn's life has cemented her belief in the connection between heaven and earth.
The versatile Grahn has also written two plays, chaired the Media Access Awards to promote portrayal of disability in the media, volunteered at Van Nuys Child Abuse Clinic, and toured college campuses promoting specific women's issues. She has also made the talk show circuit with her father, a recovering alcoholic, and discussed alcoholism and its impact on the family. Grahn can be very politically active when inspired. She founded Daytime for Choice in 1989, consisting of the support of 99% of the Daytime community. She also organized and hosted "Daytime for Gore," bringing together Daytime's brightest stars during the 2000 presidential election.
As a single working mother, Grahn no longer has any spare time when not working. Her every moment is blissfully filled to the brim with daughter Kate. She believes her purpose in life is to be happy -- and is grateful to be just that.
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Nancy Lee Grahn
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