Actually, the title's a little misleading. While the audience of Guiding Light knows her best as Doris Wolfe, the manipulative and often deliciously nasty district attorney of Springfield, the actress who plays her, Orlagh Cassidy, has been leading a lengthy and varied career to suit her ample talents. Next to her role on GL, she is probably best known for her part in a popular AT&T/Cingular Wireless commercial. But did you know that she has also led a successful career as a narrator of audio books?
The talented Mrs. Cassidy has been the voice for Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series for the past several years in the audio version on the popular mystery books. She began concentrating on voice work while her two sons, Declan and Roman, were still young and she wanted work that would keep her close to home. She has also provided her mellifluous and agile voice to the audio version of Frank Herbert's Dune and Beth Harbison's Shoe Addicts Anonymous. To sample her work in this milieu, please visit this link.
In 1989, she won the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship for Theater. She received her BFA at the acting conservatory at the State University of New York at Purchase. In, addition to that, she received training at the National Theatre of Great Britain. She made her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's Present Laughter and has since appeared off-Broadway in Bright Ideas, The Field and Our Country's Good among many others. Her television appearances have included small roles on Sex and the City, Law & Order, Murder One and Another World. She first appeared on GL in 1999 and became a staple of the show in 2004. Cassidy manages to play well against everyone, which is no small feat, and to put both humor and meanness into the slightest arched eyebrow. And while the chance of a great story worthy of her talents seems to often allude her, whether in her all-too-brief marriage to Alan or her thankless role as the protector of her mentally unbalanced daughter Ashlee, Doris fans remain hopeful.
In addition to her growing role on GL, Cassidy appeared on the big screen in two roles this year. She appeared alongside Edward Burns and Debra Messing in Purple Violets and in Spinning Into Butter starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Miranda Richardson. She has also completed shooting a role in the new Ryan Reynolds comedy Definitely, Maybe, which is due out in theaters in February, 2008. Summing up her career thus far, she has quipped: 'For some reason I play a lot of b****es. I don't know why because I'm a really nice person.'