Nancy Lee Grahn
Also Credited As: Nancy Grahn
Birthdate: April 28, 1956
Birthplace: Skokie, Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Children: Katherine Grace, daughter
intelligent and independent are just a few of the words that can
describe Nancy Lee Grahn. The seasoned actress, who arrived at
General Hospital in 1996, plays strong and savvy Alexis
Davis, a brilliant attorney whose sense of humor has recently
come to the forefront. Alexis works to balance life and love,
as her relationship with Ned Ashton takes one surprising turn
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 Nancy landed her first role, "the
pony on the left that pulled the surrey with the fringe on top."
But as Nancy matured, so did her roles.
attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, Nancy had
the great fortune to study with Sandy Meisner and Bill Epsen.
Nancy 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
she decided to move to Los Angeles, Nancy'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, as well as Stephen
Bochco's Murder One.
is currently portraying Principal Russell on the drama, 7th
Heaven. But the role dearest to Nancy'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.
much joy as Nancy 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
Nancy's life has cemented her belief in the connection between
heaven and earth.
versatile Nancy 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. Nancy can
be very politically active when inspired and still publicly supports
President Clinton. She founded Daytime for Choice in 1989, consisting
of the support of 99% of the daytime community.
a single working mother, Nancy 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.