Denise Alexander

Denise Alexander

Show Count: 8
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: November 11, 1939
Old Time Radio, New York City, New York, USA
A well-known American soap opera actress, most known for her role as Lesley Webber on General Hospital, a role she originally played from 1973 to 1984 and 1996 to 2009.

Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, she moved to Los Angeles when her father, Alec Alexander, an agent who handled at that point such notables as Frank Gorshin and Sal Mineo, decided to make the switch from the east to the west coast. A successful child actress, Alexander had appeared on TV and radio by the time she was a junior at UCLA. She made her feature movie debut, aged fourteen, in the John Cassavetes film Crime In The Streets.

Alexander first broke into the soap opera genre by playing Susan Hunter Martin on Days of our Lives from 1966 to 1973. A popular actress, much of the show's early success had to do with Susan's rivalry with Julie Olson (played by Susan Seaforth Hayes). In 1973, Susan H. Martin was written out of the show temporarily when the Days casting office hit a snag renewing her contract and the contract lapsed. ABC Daytime rushed to offer her a then-unheard of salary/perks package to join General Hospital. When Susan H. Martin finally returned to Days, a new actress played her. A few months later, she started on General Hospital, playing the role of Dr. Lesley Webber, which would become her most popular and longest-tenured. She stayed with the show for eleven years, leaving in 1984. In 1986, she was offered a big salary to portray absent McKinnon matriarch, Mary, on Another World. When the commute from her home in Los Angeles to Another World's studio in New York City proved to be difficult for her, she left in 1989. In 1996, she returned to the role of Lesley on General Hospital which she continued playing until 2009.

Her career began as a child actress in radio and television, and has spanned virtually all forms of stage and screen (large and small) dramatic and comic entertainment---including, as a teenager, playing the daughter of a lawyer and a former fashion buyer (Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy) on the short lived NBC radio comedy-drama, The Marriage (1953–1954).

She has produced for both network and cable television, spoken as guest lecturer/speaker to groups from charities, to civic groups to college audiences. In a 1981 People Weekly interview, she called the late Gloria Monty "a wonderfully bossy little lady".

Source: Wikipedia

Big Guy, TheBig Guy, The
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 7 May 1950 to 29 October 1950
Cast: Henry Calvin, David Anderson, Denise Alexander, Joan Lazer, Joseph Bell, Anita Anton, Burford Hampden, Bill Zuckert, Lyle Sudrow, Linda Watkins, Peggy Laughton, Sandy Strauss
Director: Thomas Madigan
Joshua Sharpe works for his clients on a strictly cash basis to provide for the needs of his nearest and dearest Josh Junior and his daughter Debbie.
It's Higgins, SirIt's Higgins, Sir
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 3 July 1951 to 25 September 1951
Cast: Harry McNaughton, Vinton Hayworth, Peggy Allenby, Charles Nevil, Pat Hosley, Denise Alexander
Director: Paul Harrison
Marriage TheMarriage The
Show Count: 24
Broadcast History: 4 October 1953 to 28 March 1954
Cast: Bill Griffis, Ralph Bell, Hume Cronyn, Denise Alexander, Adelaide Klein , Jessica Tandy
Broadcast: 12th December 1950
Added: Dec 13 2008