Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer on Guiding Light)

Current Character: Olivia Spencer

Birthday: 1965-08-04

Birthplace: Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Marital Status: Married Michael Sabatino January 6, 1997


A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Chappell studied computer science at Coast Carolina College. Switching gears to journalism, she also attended the University of South Carolina. While on a break from her studies, Chappell won the lead in the University of Maryland's production of Beauty and the Beast, a role which required her to enroll in the university's acting program. While in the program, Chappell was cast in a production of Spring's Awakening, which made it to the finals of the National College Theatre Festival where Chappell performed at The Kennedy Center.

Upon graduation, Chappell moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. Inspired by the book Sanford Meisner on Acting, Chappell wrote the author and famed thespian, who later invited her to join a group of students at his home in the West Indies for intensive theatrical training.

Crystal Chappell made her debut on Guiding Light in 1999 playing the role of the very ambitious Olivia Spencer. A 2002 Daytime Emmy Award-winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Crystal was nominated again for the same award in 2005. Chappell is known to daytime audiences for her portrayal of Dr. Carly Manning on Days of Our Lives and Maggie Carpenter on One Life to Live.

In addition to her daytime television roles, Chappell guest-starred on Walker, Texas Ranger, Pensacola, Wings of Gold, Burke's Law and Diagnosis Murder. Chappell resided in New Jersey with her husband, actor Michael Sabatino, and their sons Jacob Walker and Dylan. She moved to Los Angeles to reprise her role as Carly, on DOOL, and later, "The Bold and the Beautiful."

Career Highlights

Venice The Series - Gina Brogno (2009 - present)
Days of Our Lives - Dr. Carly Manning Kiriakis/Katerina Von Leuschner (1990 - 1993, August 2009 - present)
Guiding Light - Olivia Spencer (1999 - September 17 2009 when show was canceled)
One Life to Live - Maggie Carpenter (1995 - 1997)
Santa Barbara - Jane Kingsley (1990)

Awards & Acclaim

Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2012)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Actress (2008)
Daytime Emmys Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2002)
Daytime Emmys Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2005, 2006)
Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress (2004, 2005, 2006)
Soap Opera Digest Awards Winner, Hottest Female Star (1990)