It all started when...
Emmy Award nominated Jennifer Bassey 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, including Neil Simon's California Suite; Not Now Darling, directed by George Abbott, In Praise of Love with Rex Harrison and The Homecoming (The Original Royal Shakespeare Production.)
Off-Broadway credits include Moliere's Tartuffe and Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic, both staged at the Tribeca Playhouse. Other 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 co-starred with Ken Kercheval.
In 1983, Miss Bassey won the role of Marian Colby on ABC TV's All My Children, initially signing for a five-month stint. Due to the incredible popularity of the character, Bassey played Maria Colby for over 30 years. She became a contract player on All My Children in the summer of 1998, after having portrayed borderline nymphomaniac Marian Colby since the early eighties.
Beyond her other dramatic successes, she has enjoyed a flourishing film career. Bassey has played characters in feature films such 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 as a guest star on Law And Order, Body of Proof and Grey's Anatomy. Other notable appearances include LA Law, Falcon Crest, Murphy Brown, Silk Stalkings, Matlock and Coach. Most recently Ms. Bassey has been guest starring on ABC's General Hospital.
In addition to her Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Ms. Bassey also received two Soap Opera Digest Awards, the second of which was shared with her costar David Canary for Favorite Couple.
Ms. Bassey shared her life for 30 years with famous playwright and screenwriter Luther Davis until his death in 2008.
Today, Ms. Bassey is engaged to George Bamford, a Law & Order alum and fellow actor. Each are working on their theater projects: a play Bamford wrote and a nightclub act for Bassey she’s planning for Feinstein’s 54 Below.