Laurel Chapin, One Life to Live; 1983-85
Tracy DeWitt, Another Word; 1979-81
Leslie Brooks, The Young and the Restless; 1973-77
Looking back with the wisdom of maturity, Janice Lynde says she considers pianist Leslie Books, the character she originated on The Young and the Restless, the role of a lifetime and Bill Bell created it. I would have never left if I'd known what a great hit we had. I was young and had nothing to compare it to.
These days, Lynde juggles acting jobs on nighttime TV (including a recurring role on Nothing Sacred and a guest-staring role on Ally McBeal) and movies (HBO's Missing Pieces; the independently made Letting Go; the animated musical The Swan Princess) with teaching acting.
A year ago, Lynde initiated a teaching program called the Actors Lab at Los Angeles Coronet Theater. In March she began teaching at Burbaanks new Falcon Theater. I'm not just working with actors but filmmakers as well, she adds. I'm guest faculty at the American Film Institute, teaching producers, directors and writers how to work with actors enhancing the process for them, too.
Describing her life after Y&R, Lynde sums it up this way: It has been an adventure, sometimes dangerous, sometimes fun, never dull.
At an industry function in the 1980s, Lynde (then Laurel Chapin on OLTL), was reunited with former Y&R co-star Tom Hallick (ex-Brad Elliot).