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Martha Byrne plays "Lily" on "As the World Turns"
BIOGRAPHY Nickname: Martha Born: Ridgewood, N.J.; December 23 Family: brother brandon, 2 sisters Fran and Liz, husband Michael and son Michael Favorite Song: Instrumental theme from "Pulp Fiction" Favorite Soaps: "The Young and the Restless" "The Bold and the Beautiful" "Guiding Light" Hobbies: Repairing and decorating her home Proudest Moment: Marriage to Michael McMahon First acting job: orphan "July" in "Annie" Best kisser on the show: Paolo Seganti "Damien" Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving Her inspiration: her mother Albums: Martha Byrne and Woman Thing Music How long on ATWT: May 1985-October 1989, April 1993-present Awards: Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series (1987) five-time Daytime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, 2001 nominee for Outstanding Actress as Lily/Rose (Watch NBC on May 18 to see if she wins). Acting Career: appeared in "Murder, She Wrote" "Kate and Allie" "Jake and the Fatman" "In the Heat of the Night" "Doogie Howser" "The Young Riders" "Parker Lewis" "Over My Dead Body" "Pros and Cons" "Hearts are Wild" "The Hamptons" "Pink Lightning" "Drop-Out Father" "The Harvest" "She's Hired, He's Fired" "Anna to the Infinite Power" "The Eyes of the Amaryllis" Movies: "When the Cradle Falls" "The Marksman" Character History: Lily Walsh Mason Snyder Grimaldi Malzone grew up in the home of her adoptive mother, Lucinda Walsh. Her real mother is Iva Snyder, who conceived Lily when she was raped by Josh Snyder (a.k.a. Josh Landry). Iva ran away to Los Angeles to have the baby and gave the infant up for adoption. Lily met Holden while he was working in the stables for her adoptive mother. She was dating Dusty Donovan at the time. Lily's first husband was Derek Mason. He married Lily as part of his father's plot to kill the young heiress for her money, but Derek actually fell in love with his mark. He gave his life to save Lily's. After that trauma, Lily ran away to Switzerland where she had plastic surgery (Martha left the show and Heather Rattray replaced her). When she returned to Oakdale, she succeeded in marrying Holden (after having a relationship with Caleb Snyder, which drove Holden into the arms and bed of Caleb's then ex-wife, Julie Wendall Snyder, which resulted in a baby named Aaron, who was adopted by Holden's sister Iva.) Holden and Lily conceived a baby, but Lily miscarried, and this put a great deal of stress on their relationship. It was during this period in time that Holden learned that he was Aaron's father. He ran off to New York to confront Julie with the truth, and while he was there he was violently attacked during a mugging and the resulting surgery to save his life caused him to lose his memory. When the Snyder clan finally tracked him down, they succeeded in convincing him to return to Luther's Corners. Not remembering anything about the man he was, he asked Lily for a divorce, which traumatized her. She was further traumatized when she learned that Lucinda knew about Holden's accident and never bothered to mention it to anyone. With all this trauma in her life, Lily did what she always does. She ran away to Europe. When she returned from Europe this time, she looked just like she did before she'd had her plastic surgery from the previous trip (no one seemed to notice) and she had a new husband, Damien Grimaldi. Holden pouted a lot. He seduced Lily in the belltower of the church where they had been married. He tried to convince her that Damien was evil. In the end, Orlena had killed Eduardo. Damien and Lily fell back in love. Holden left for a memory loss research facility. Damien "dies" in a plane crash while flying to expose Umberto. Diego shows up and takes a new identity while all the time trying to get closer to Lily. Turns out Diego and Umberto are the same person. She hires a detective and does investigating on her own to find out Diego was responsible for her husband's death. She plots to marry him if he will "come clean" with her about all the bad things he has done in his life. He won't tell her until they are married. She walks down the aisle with the scum and attempts to shoot him. Someone aims better and kills him. She served time in jail until Kirk confessed to being the real killer. Holden returns to get Lily back. The institute in N.Y. helped him recover 100%. He remembers the love he felt for her and finally gets her back. Holden and Lily are in love again. Damien survived the crash and has been recovering at some type of seminary. He decides to come back for Lily and Luke. After the shock, he finally accepts that Lily loves Holden after he plans a surprise wedding for Lily and himself. Lily was very strong through all of this. Damien returned to the seminary. Lily and Holden finally marry and start to live "happily ever after" until she gets pregnant. Why? David Stenbeck kidnaps her and Julia. She has Faith during this traumatic time, David switches babies (in exchange for Hope-Denise and Andy's offspring). Holden rescues them, shoots David and buries him alive while he is unconscious. He is so determined to live that he digs his way out, has plastic surgery and raises Hope, or who he calls Melinda, himself. He comes back to Oakdale and Reid Hamilton to claim that Lily and Holden don't deserve their real child because they "killed" him and got away with it. To try to prove David is really dead, they exhume his grave. Finding it empty, and other clues they conclude that Reid is David. Molly and Julia help. Then Lily finds out Hope and Faith have been switched. Denise gets Hope back while Lily and Holden get Faith back. Through lies and deceit, Lily meets her long lost twin Rose. To make a long story short, Rose and Lily dress alike; Lily is stuck on a deserted island; Rose and Holden 'get together'. Lily is rescued, Rose tries to leave but falls for Holden. Lily comes home and everyone is shocked. Rose played her well. Lily is still trying to decide if she wants to stick it out with him knowing he couldn't tell the difference between her and a long lost twin. Not to mention the Australian hottie she was trapped on the island with, Simon, has feelings for her. Martha presently lives in New York State with her husband, Michael McMahon; a New York City Police Officer and their child Michael (born on May 29, 1998). To join her fan club and receive a newsletter, write to: ATWT c/o CBS Television 524 W. 57th St. New York, NY 10019 Her two albums include: self-titled (songs performed on ATWT) Woman Thing Music To order her Cds, call 1-800-MMBYRNE. Every year, Martha hosts the annual Daytime Television Salutes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. This year was the 7th annual. She participates in many charity events such as: ..an annual Flea Market that benefits Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids at Shubert Alley ..39th annual Gambling Gala at the New York Hilton ..Feast with Famous Faces for the League for the Hard of Hearing, infant and children's services ..Barr Middle School PTA Fashion Show and Dinner at the Nyack Grande in Nyack, NY To subscribe to ATWT Fan Club and receive mailings and pictures of your favorite actress, contact this address: ATWT Fan Club P.O. Box 647 Merrick, NY 11566-0647 (The cost is $25.00 for US) Thanks to CBS's homepage. To add updates or changes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org To see more of Martha Byrne, check out these links:
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