Lesley Woods (Actor)

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(08-22-1910 - 08-02-2003) Age 93

Lesley Woods was a stage presence but also appeared in many TV soaps, including Young Dr. Malone, A Flame in the Wind, Edge of Night, The Nurses, Search For Tomorrow, Bright Promise, Return to Peyton Place, General Hospital, Days of our Lives, Dallas, Falcon Crest, All My Children, and The Bold and the Beautiful.


She appeared in the following 3 episodes of Radio Mystery Theater
Date Episode Title Plot
10/09/1974 0158 Trapped A sick lady suspects her husband and caregiver are plotting to kill her. With the help of her previous nurse, she struggles to survive.
08/29/1975 0335 Murder by Proxy Finally released from prison, Tim Cohain is out for revenge against the jury foreman that put him there in the first place- Ed Hunter.
12/03/1975 0389 Promise to Kill After learning that the killer's sentence was reduced to life imprisonment instead of the death penalty, a man plans to mete out his own brand of justice against the deviant that brutally raped and murdered his wife and daughter.

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Lesley Woods (August 22, 1910 – August 2, 2003) was an American radio, stage and television actress. Woods' acting on Broadway included being in Double Dummy (1936), Excursion (1937), Comes the Revelation (1942), The Assassin (1945), and A Case of Libel (1963–64).[2] She was a member of Theatre West. On Radio she appeard on Bulldog Drummond,Boston Blackie,Casey, Crime Photographer,Guiding Light,The Shadow,Joyce Jordan, Girl Interne,We Love and Learn and many more. A veteran of at least 10 daytime soaps, Woods' daytime debut was as Claire Bannister Steele on Young Dr. Malone from 1959-1963 as the serial's leading villainess. Following that, she appeared on The Edge of Night as Evelyn Dark (1964), A Flame in the Wind as Miriam Bentley (1964–66), The Nurses (where she starred with McMurray) as Vivian Gentry (1965-1967), Search for Tomorrow as the original Andrea Whiting (1967), Bright Promise as Isabel Jones (1971-1972), Return to Peyton Place as Zoe Tate (1972-1973), and Days of Our Lives as Dorothy Kelly (1978). On General Hospital, she played the role of Edna Hadley (1977-1978, 1980), the New York landlady who arranged for Heather Grant to sell her baby, Steven Lars. She guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville in 1976, originated the role of Amanda Ewing, Jock's first wife, on Dallas, and had a recurring role as Chase Gioberti's housekeeper, Mrs. Miller, on Falcon Crest (1984-1987). She played Langley Wallingford's first wife, Betty Miller (Hilary's mother) on All My Children in 1984, and was part of the original cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Grandma Logan from 1987 to 1989, and again in 2001, when her character was a great-great-grandmother.


Was and am a huge fan of Lesley Woods ever since 1946 when I heard her on the CBS radio soap Rosemary. Went on to enjoy her on radio and then on television: she was a knockout as Clare Bannister on the tv version of Young Doctor Malone, essaying another villainess,this time an elegant society woman; Audrey Roberts was an out and out tramp. Clare was elegance personified and her scheming was a wonder to behold. Miss Woods' acting range was truly phenomenal,which was true of so many of the other radio greats.....

Robert E. Garvin

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