Beloved Daytime Vet Shares of Photo of Herself as You’ve *Definitely* Never Seen Her Before: ‘This Picture Always Makes Me Laugh’
Catch the actress from her earliest (and we do mean earliest!) days to now!
In the daytime world, few characters are as beloved as As the World Turns‘ Lily Walsh. How could she not be? First introduced in the ’80s during soaps’ heyday, we watched her go from a young teen in love to a powerful woman, mother and businesswoman.
It’s hard to believe, but when Martha Byrne first took over the role in 1985, she was just 15 at the time. So we’ve all gotten to watch her grow up from her earliest days before our very eyes — or so we thought!
Byrne started the week off by tweeting the ultimate flashback, sharing a photo from well before she ever stepped foot in Oakdale or even before her big 1982 film role on HBO’s Anna to the Infinite Power.
“First headshot,” Byrne wrote on Twitter. “1980. #AnnieDays #BroadwayKid #BeefsteakCharliesBetweenShows.”
— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) January 10, 2022
The actress, in fact, began her acting career on Broadway playing Annie‘s July — the quiet, motherly orphan. But pics from those days aren’t exactly the easiest to track down. Until now!
As for that last hashtag that the former childhood actress noted, “Some will understand that last #… You know who you are.”
For those who didn’t grow up or live in New York, Beefsteak Charlies was a popular Manhattan restaurant that turned into an East Coast chain in the ’80s. The original, though, was just two blocks away from the Alvin Theater where Annie was running!
Byrne went on to add in a follow-up, “This picture always makes me laugh… I can see my mom dipping a comb in a cup of water to get that smooth look.”
This picture always makes me laugh…I can see my mom dipping a comb in a cup of water lol to get that smoooth look 😄😄😄
— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) January 10, 2022
Ah, moms. At least she wasn’t trying to use spit to get a smudge of dirt off Byrne’s face! Well, that we know of. Now, of course, Byrne herself is a mom three-times over, and she shared this adorable pic celebrating her December birthday with her own daughter, Annmarie.
It’s my birthday 🙂 Here’s my girl…. 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺 pic.twitter.com/ONDS8sb8UP
— Martha Byrne (@MarthaByrne10) December 24, 2021
We’d say that’s the ultimate glow-up, but honestly, 1980 Byrne was already glowing plenty. Actually, while we’re here, happy belated birthday, Martha Byrne!
And while you’re here and feeling nostalgic, we’ve an extra As the World Turns treat with our gallery of its biggest stars then and now! We may not reach quite as far back into the actors’ childhood as this, but we did dig up some photos of the soap’s earliest days!
<p>After playing <em>As the World Turns</em>’ formidable Lucinda Walsh for more than a quarter of a century, this Daytime Emmy winner (for her earlier portrayal of Althea Davis <em>The Doctors</em>) earned herself another nomination for her work on the web soap <em>Anacostia</em>.</p>
<p>The only actor among the young set introduced to <em>As the World Turns</em> in 1998 to catch on and stick around, Katie Peretti’s portrayer enjoyed a dozen-year run on the soap before moving on to <em>One Life to Live</em> as Aubrey Wentworth. And as a lovely souvenir of her time in Oakdale, she got to take with her her real-life husband…</p>
<p>After being killed off <em>As the World Turns</em> as Brad Snyder in 2009, the onetime <em>Playgirl</em> coverboy briefly played pornographer Rick Powers on <em>One Life to Live</em> and, in 2021, reprised his on-again/off-again <em>Days of Our Lives</em> role of Austin Reed for the Peacock limited series <em>Beyond Salem</em>.</p>
<p>In the wake of her late-1980s stay in Oakdale as Tom Hughes’ daughter Lien, the actress hasn’t just gone on to make it big in TV and movies, she’s become the only performer ever to play a <em>Star Wars</em> character (Fennec Shand in <em>The Mandalorian</em>), a Disney princess (<em>Mulan</em>, of course) and a Marvel superhero (Melinda May in <em>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D</em>.).</p>
<p>A child star before ever being cast as Will Munson — fun fact: he was Bobby in the <em>Brady Bunch</em> movies — this fan fave parlayed his four-year stint in Oakdale into a high-profile primetime career that since 2014, has landed him front and center Detective Jay Halstead on the NBC hit <em>Chicago P.D.</em></p>
<p>Some actors might have found it tough to follow three Daytime Emmy wins in a row. But the daughter of Michael Landon, beloved for her work as Gwen Norbeck, simply kept on keeping on, dazzling in one primetime series (<em>Animal Kingdom</em>) after another (<em>Yellowstone</em>, where she now plays marble-mouthed ranch hand Teeter).</p>
<p>Aside from the late Helen Wagner, who played his mother Nancy Hughes, Dr. Bob’s portrayer is the longest-serving actor ever on an American soap. So you could hardly blame him when he told <a href="https://www.welovesoaps.net/2010/01/don-hastings-wls-interview-part-four.html" target="_blank">We Love Soaps</a> in 2010, “I always figured I’d die on the job.”</p>
<p>After wrapping her nearly 40-year run as Kim Hughes with the soap’s final episode, the veteran actress — a sci-fi legend owing to her guest appearance on the original <em>Star Trek</em> — relocated from the East Coast to her home state of Illinois. (Ed. note: Sadly, <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/628005/as-the-world-turns-kim-hughes-kathryn-hays-died-dead/" target="_blank">Hays passed away in 2022</a>.)</p>
<p>The Daytime Emmy that this then-up-and-comer won for playing twins Frannie and Sabrina Hughes in 1988 was only the beginning. She’s gone on to become one of the most well-respected actresses in showbiz, with a mantel full of trophies that includes an Oscar and a Golden Globe (both for <em>Still Alice</em>) as well as a Primetime Emmy and SAG Award (both for <em>Game Change</em>).</p>
<p>Following his 1997-2005 stay in Oakdale, Peter Parros ditched Dr. Ben Harris’ stethoscope and halo to spend eight years playing corrupt judge David Harrington on Tyler Perry’s addictive OWN soap <em>The Haves and the Have Nots.</em></p>
<p>Following her late-1990s stint as Jack Snyder’s unstable wife Julia, Parisse became an in-demand primetime fixture. But despite her long list of credits — which includes <em>Friends</em>, Netflix’s <em>Friends From College</em> and many series without “friends” in their titles — she holds the unusual distinction of being the shortest-serving assistant D.A. in <em>Law & Order</em> history.</p>
<p>The stage vet who played Jack Snyder not only returned to Broadway following <em>As the World Turns</em>’ cancellation (in the megahit <em>Dear Evan Hansen</em>, no less), he’s nabbed roles on everything from <em>Blue Bloods</em> and <em>Bull</em> to <em>Stranger Things</em> and<em> Tales of the City.</em></p>
<p>During her 15-year stay in Oakdale as pot-stirrer Carly Tenney, the Emmy magnet bagged the first two of her three (and counting) statuettes. Subsequently, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> botched its chance to call the MVP a cast member, leaving her free to slay for <em>General Hospital</em> as femme fatale Ava Jerome.</p>
<p>Married to West for more than two decades, Andy Dixon’s former portrayer now has five children with his onetime leading lady. In 2012, DeFreitas and two of their kids took part in a reading of the musical <em>Hazel</em> at the NoHo Arts Center.</p>
<p>The same year that <em>As the World Turns</em> ended, designing woman Barbara Ryan’s portrayer split from husband Mark Pinter, whom she’d met when he’d played Brian McColl on the show in the 1980s. She has since acted primarily on the stage, in productions like <em>Marrying George Clooney</em> and <em>Looped</em>, and in her own one-woman show.</p>
<p>After her three-year stint on <em>As the World Turns</em>, this rising star was ready for takeoff — and take off she did. Lucy Montgomery’s former portrayer has gone on to star on series such as <em>FlashForward</em>, <em>Frequency</em> and <em>The Tomorrow People</em>. Of course, we’ll always remember her as half of an on-screen supercouple with…</p>
<p>Following <em>As the World Turns</em>’ cancellation, the soap vet landed a recurring role on <em>Gotham</em> (as young Bruce Wayne’s ill-fated father) and passed through <em>General Hospital</em> (as Kyle Sloane, a love interest for Finola Hughes’ Anna Devane).</p>
<p>The Emmy winner who played reformed bad girl Molly Conlan — and, between <em>As the World Turns</em> stints, Felicia Forrester on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> and Lois Cerullo on <em>General Hospital</em> — has gone on to appear in Lifetime movies like <em>The Wrong Crush</em> and <em>The Wrong Cheerleader.</em></p>
<p>Since leaving behind <em>As the World Turns</em> and his role of Casey Hughes, this heartthrob has won accolades for everything from TV’s <em>American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson</em> (he was Kato Kaelin) to the big-screen adaption of <em>Into the Woods</em> (as Rapunzel’s prince).</p>
<p>Magnussen’s predecessor as Casey has carved out for himself an enviable niche in primetime, going from a long run as the rare human among the supernatural beasties on <em>The Vampire Diaries</em> to appearances on its spinoffs and a memorable turn as a lovestruck soldier on USA’s <em>Dare Me.</em></p>
<p>Though she played attorney Jessica Griffin on <em>As the World Turns</em> off and on for nearly two decades, this primetime perennial is nonetheless probably better known for her even longer run on <em>Law & Order: SVU</em> (she’s medical examiner Melinda Warner) or her recurring roles on <em>NYPD Blue</em> and <em>Blue Bloods.</em></p>
<p>A 50-year stretch as much-married supervixen Lisa Miller would’ve been accomplishment enough for most people — but not <em>this</em> daytime legend. Besides the soap, Fulton appeared on Broadway, had her own nightclub act, wrote two memoirs and half a dozen murder mysteries.</p>
<p>Since the soap’s sayonara, the actress who brought to life mantrap Emily Stewart has tackled satire (via Showtime’s <em>Reality Show</em>) and lathered up once more (by appearing on the web soap <em>Tainted Dreams</em>). Also of note, she has three children with her former husband…</p>
<p>Much to fans’ chagrin, Holden Snyder’s former portrayer hasn’t had much screentime since <em>As the World Turns</em> ceased to spin. Our hopes rose when he was cast as a doctor on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> (hence the lab coat and stethoscope above), but dang it! He scrubbed out as fast as he did in.</p>
<p><em>As the World Turns </em>may have unceremoniously recast her in the role for which she won two Emmys, but she’ll always be Lily Snyder to us. And the actress, who earned a third statuette for her work on <em>Anacostia</em>, has never stopped fighting for the show. “I’ve had many conversations and many outreaches on different levels,” she told <a href="https://soaphub.com/general-soap-operas/as-the-world-turns-most-beloved-stars/" target="_blank">SoapHub</a> in 2016, “to try to see where this home could be.” Here’s hoping!</p>
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