Emmy Award nominated Jennifer Bassey became a contract player on ABC TV's All My Children in the summer of 1998, after having portrayed borderline nymphomaniac Marian Colby since the early eighties. Jennifer was born in Chicago. Her first job in entertainment was as a singing Playboy bunny in the very first Playboy Club. Looking back at her two year stint at the House of Hefner, she recalls, "I was the meanest bunny in the hutch, but I made a fortune, darlings!" She left her bunny ears behind and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she got the lowest entrance marks in the history of the academy. Three years later she graduated from the RADA with honors finishing just below classmate and future Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins. Jennifer went on to the Big Apple, where she appeared in several Broadway and Off Broadway productions. Some of which included Neil Simon's "California Suite"; "Not Now Darling", directed by George Abbott (whom she worshipped); "In Praise of Love" with Rex Harrison and "The Homecoming" (The Original Royal Shakespeare Production.)

Her most recent off-Broadway credits include Moliere's "Tartuffe" and Wendy Wasserstein's "Isn't It Romantic", both staged at the Tribeca Playhouse.

Prior off-Broadway appearances include playing Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Roundabout Theatre; Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth", at the Stratford Theatre and "Love Letters" in which she costarred with Ken Kercheval.

In 1983, Miss Bassey won the role of Marian Colby on All My Children, initially signing for a five-month stint. Due to the incredible popularity of the character, Marian is still going strong nearly 20 years later.

Beyond her other dramatic successes, she has enjoyed a flourishing film career that includes such feature films as "Waxwork", "Twogether", which also featured both the
performing and directing talents of Nick Cassavetes and "Dunston Checks In", where in a scene-stealing, skin revealing moment, she received an orgasmic massage from an orangutan! Jennifer has achieved prime-time success, most recently as a guest star on "Law And Order". Other notable appearances include "L A Law", "Falcon Crest", "Murphy Brown", "Silk Stalkings", "Matlock" and "Coach". In addition to her Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she also received two Soap Opera Digest Awards, the second of which was shared with her costar David Canary for Favorite Couple. Ms. Bassey shares her life with her longtime companion Luther Davis, the famous playwright and screenwriter who wrote the book for the shows "Kismet" and "Grand Hotel". He also wrote and produced "Timbuktu", starring Eartha Kitt. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities and is an aspiring writer, whose latest effort is a new night time series called "Nightfall", which is currently under consideration for production by HBO.

 

 

 

Filmography and Acting Credits
   
Feature Films  
The Concerto

w/ Micheal Madsen, Janel Parrish, Antonio Fargas, Leslie Jordan

Timeless w/ Mia Hayes, Kelly Huddleson, Tod Huntington
The Brothers Sinclair w/ Steven Helmkamp, Mike C. Manning, Adam Huss
27 Dresses w/ Katherine Heigl, Charli Barcena, James Marsden
It Had To Be You w/ Olivia d'Abo, Phyllis Newman / Ind. 2000 Dir. Stephen Feder
Dunston Checks In w/Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Paul Reubens
Illicit Dreams w/Andrew Stevens, Shannon Tweed, Stella Stevens
Twogether w/Nick Cassevetes
Singles w/Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon
Bonfire Of The Vanities w/Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith / Dir. Brian De Palma
Ladies Of Sweet Street w/Gloria DeHaven, Doris Roberts,
The Platinum Triangle w/Janet Carrol, Troy Donahue
Waxwork w/Patrick Macnee, Miles O'Keefe, John Rhys-Davies
Side By Side w/Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Ceasar
   
Series Regular  
All My Children ABC - as Marian Colby Chandler
The Edge Of Night ABC - as Abby Wolcott
Somerset NBC - as Dorothy Conrad
Love Of Life CBS - as Dr. Jennifer Stark
   
TV Movies Of The Week  
Revenge Of The Nerds III w/Robert Carradine, Morton Downey Jr., John Pinette
Stepfather III w/Priscilla Barnes, Season Hubley, David Tom
Charlie w/Shirley Jones, Ned Eisenberg, Nicholas Walker
Goddess Of Love w/Vanna White, Betsy Palmer, John Rhys-Davies, Little Richard
   
On Broadway  
California Suite Eugine O'Neill Theater
In Praise Of Love Morosco Theater w/ Rex Harrison
The Jockey Club Stakes Cort Theatre
Not Now Darling Brookes Atkinson Theatre / dir. George Abbott
Loot Biltmore Theatre
Tonight at 8:30 (three plays) ANTA Playhouse (Fumed Oak, Still Life, Ways And Means)
The Homecoming Music Box Theater /original Royal Shakespeare Production
Imaginary Invalid ANTA Playhouse
   
   
Live Theater and Off Broadway
Isn't It Romantic Tribeca Playhouse
Tartuffe Tribeca Playhouse
Love Letters Palm Springs
The Taming Of The Shrew Roundabout Theatre
Macbeth Stratford Theatre
   
   

Awards and Nominations
       
Year Result Award Category
1999 Nominated Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Won Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Couple for "All My Children" shared with David Canary
1998 Won Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Female Scene Stealer
1973 Won Straw Hat Award Supporting Actress "See How They Run" Presenter: Cary Grant.

 

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