Michelle Stafford

Michelle Stafford

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Michelle Stafford
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Stafford in 2011
Born (1965-09-14) September 14, 1965 (age 52)[1]
Chicago, Illinois. U.S.
Years active 1990–present
Children 2
Website www.michellestafford.com

Michelle Stafford (born September 14, 1965) is an American actress, screenwriter and producer. She is perhaps best known for her role as Phyllis Summers on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2013, Stafford created and starred in her own comedy web series, The Stafford Project. She currently stars as Nina Clay on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Career[edit]

In 1990 Stafford was cast in Fox soap opera Tribes. The show was canceled after 3-month airing on Fox.[2] She later appeared in two plays directed by Charles Durning in Los Angeles stage, and co-starred in several small films.[3]

In October 1994, Stafford began what was supposed to be a short term role of Phyllis Summers on the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless; however, her work impressed the producers and she was placed on contract.[4][5] In 1997, Stafford left the series to pursue other career opportunities, and she was replaced by Sandra Nelson.[6] In 1997 she was cast in Aaron Spelling primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades as lead character, but show was canceled after 13 episodes. She later guest-starred in Two Guys and a Girl, Diagnosis: Murder, and JAG. In film, Stafford appeared in 1999 thriller Double Jeopardy opposite Ashley Judd.

In July 2000, Stafford was brought back to the soap opera by former head writer Kay Alden.[7] From December 2006 to February 2007, Stafford played dual roles on Y&R, portraying Sheila Carter, formerly played by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila had plastic surgery to look like Phyllis).[8] In May 2013, it was announced that Stafford would be exiting the soap opera after sixteen years in the role.[9] Stafford later confirmed that her final scenes would air sometime that August.[10] Stafford exited the series on August 2, 2013.[11]

In 2004, Stafford was a hockey correspondent for The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Stafford starred in Lifetime movie Like Mother, Like Daughter in 2007.[12] In 2007, Stafford appeared on Tyra Banks‘ talk show to help Tyra through “soap opera school.”[13] In 2012 she appeared as Lauren on the web series The Grove, created by Crystal Chappell. She also guest-starred in Frasier, Charmed, and Ringer.[14] She subsequently launched her web series, The Stafford Project, based on her personal life and struggles, with the first episode premiering on her YouTube Channel on August 5, 2013.[15] The series received positive reviews from critics. Michael Logan of TV Guide appreciated the web series, calling it “terrific and audacious” and saying that “there’s never a dull moment in the life of Michelle Stafford”.[16] Jamey Giddens of the entertainment website Zap2it said that Stafford is “as viable and fiery as ever”, calling The Stafford Project “insanely-funny”.[17]

In 2014, Stafford returned to daytime television with the role of Nina Clay, the wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Stafford’s long-rumored addition to the cast was made official when her character Nina, the presumed-dead wife of Silas, suddenly appeared at the very end of the episode on May 1, 2014.[18][19][20] In 2015, she co-starred alongside Tom Sizemore in the independent film Durant’s Never Closes.[21]

In 2016, Stafford launched a skincare product line called Skin Nation.[22] The products are said to be organic, natural, gluten free, vegan and cruelty free.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Stafford was born in 1965,[23] in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents moved her and her older sister, Janine, to Montrose, California, where she was raised. After graduating from high school, Stafford chased after her dream of modeling.[24] Stafford welcomed her first child, daughter Natalia Scout Lee, via her embryo and a gestational surrogate on Monday, December 21, 2009 [25][26] In October 2015, Stafford welcomed her second child, a son Jameson Jones Lee.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Body of Influence Madam
1994 Another Midnight Run Hotel Guest Television film
1999 Double Jeopardy Suzanne Monroe
2000 Attraction Suzanne
2002 Lost Rachel Short film
2002 Cottonmouth Renee Alexander
2003 Vampires Anonymous Taffeta Munro
2007 Like Mother, Like Daughter Dawna Williams Television film
2007 Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary Jessica
2008 3 Days Gone Detective Holloway
2008 Cara Agent Short film
2013 Parker Phyllis Summers
2014 On Georgia’s Mind Tricia Short film
2015 Earth Fall Nancy
2016 Durant’s Never Closes Suzie Durant

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Tribes Frankie Series regular, 13 episodes
1994 Renegade Lauren Jessup Episode: “The Posse”
1994 Models Inc. Girl in the toilets Episode: “Blind by Love”
1994–97, 2000–13 The Young and the Restless Phyllis Summers Series regular
1997 Pacific Palisades Joanna Hadley Series regular, 13 episodes
1998 Players Vanessa Evans Episode: “Wrath of Con”
1998 Two Guys and a Girl April Episode: “Two Guys, a Girl and a Softball Team”
1999 Diagnosis: Murder Trish Episodes: “Gangland: Part One” and “Gangland: Part Two”
1999 JAG Suzanne Moore Episode: “Contemptuous Words”
2000 V.I.P. Nancy Biggs Episode: “Val Point Blank”
2001 Frasier Heather Murphy Episode: “The First Temptation of Daphne”
2002 Judging Amy Linda Barnes Episode: “The Bottle Show”
2005 Clubhouse Sydney Episode: “Between First and Home”
2005 Charmed Mandi Episode: “Desperate Housewitches”
2011 Ringer Peggy Lewis Episode: “If You Ever Want a French Lesson…”
2013 The Stafford Project Michelle Stafford is not the current Phyllis on y&r she’s been gone for at least 2 years Web series, also writer and executive producer
2014–present General Hospital Nina Clay Series regular
2015 Secret Mind of a Single Mom Michelle Web series

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
1996 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [28]
1996 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Female Newcomer The Young and the Restless Won [29]
1997 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [30]
1997 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Villainess The Young and the Restless Won [31][32]
2001 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Female Scene Stealer The Young and the Restless Nominated
2003 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [33]
2003 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress The Young and the Restless Won [34]
2004 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [35]
2005 Daytime Emmy Award Most Irresistible Combination (shared with Peter Bergman) The Young and the Restless Nominated [36]
2005 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [37]
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress The Young and the Restless Nominated
2007 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [38]
2008 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [39]
2010 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [40]
2011 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [41]
2013 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [42]
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