Two-time Emmy (R) Award-winning actress Michelle Stafford stars in the #1-rated The Young and the Restless (1973), viewed by more than 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 1994 and has since developed her role of “Phyllis” into one of the most popular and vivacious characters on daytime to date.
Michelle’s career began when a modeling opportunity presented itself, taking her to such far-away destinations as Japan, France and Italy. After living in Italy for a year, which, in her own words “brought me out of my conservative shell”, Michelle discovered within herself a previously dormant desire to act. So back to the U.S. it was for this now Italian-speaking beauty where she wasted no time submerging herself in the Hollywood auditioning process.
Michelle’s first job, the teen afternoon soap opera Tribes (1990), was followed by several commercials and TV show guest appearances and culminated in her starring in two plays directed by Academy Award®-nominated and Tony Award®-winning actor Charles Durning. And in one of his plays, “Savage in Limbo”, the Los Angeles Times touted Michelle as “the sensational Michelle Stafford”. But it was when Michelle nabbed the role of “Phyllis” on The Young and the Restless (1973) that her career took its biggest stride. The producers initially intended the character to come and leave quickly but, after only one month, Michelle had created such a stir that they knew they could not let her go. And, within her first two years on the show, her talent had earned her an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actress and two consecutive Soap Opera Digest Awards. Michelle went on to star in Aaron Spelling’s drama Pacific Palisades (1997), guest-starred on Dick Wolf’s Players (1997), Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998), JAG (1995), Diagnosis Murder (1993), Judging Amy (1999), Frasier (1993) and had a recurring role on Pamela Anderson’s V.I.P. (1998). She also worked opposite Ashley Judd in the popular film Double Jeopardy (1999), directed by the acclaimed Bruce Beresford and starred in the psychological thriller Attraction (2000), opposite Tom Everett Scott. And it was when Michelle returned to The Young and the Restless (1973) that she won her second Emmy®, this time for Best Lead Actress. As an ardent sports fan, it seemed only appropriate that Michelle serve as the “Best Damn Stanley Cup” correspondent on Fox Sports’ The Best Damn Sports Show Period (2001) much to the hosts’ delight. And, more recently, Michelle hascontributed her commentary on the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs as a celebrity blogger on NHL.com.
In April 2008, Stafford nabbed her seventh Emmy nomination and was projected by Mark Dagostino of People Magazine as his pick to win.
While “The outrageously sexy Stafford” (TV Guide) continues her celebrated run on The Young and the Restless (1973), she also constantly keeps busy with additional projects. Michelle recently tried her hand at portraying a detective in the soon-to-be released feature-film 3 Days Gone (2008). And, in 2007, starred in the Lifetime television movie Like Mother, Like Daughter (2007). With all of the above, Michelle still finds time for some of her more personal interests, including travel, the culinary world and philanthropic endeavors.
Michelle lends her voice and time to such groups as “Citizens Commission on Human Rights” and “The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project” and was honored by the “National Foundation for Women Legislators” for her human rights campaigning.
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