Sunday, August 31, 2014

Victoria Mallory Dead at 64

Victoria Mallory
Former The Young and the Restless actress Victoria Mallory died on August 30, 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mallory made her Broadway debut when Richard Rodgers chose her to star as Maria in the first revival of "West Side Story" at Lincoln Center. She then went on to play Lili in City Center's revival of "Carnival." Mallory originated the role of Young Heidi in the Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim production of "Follies" as well as the starring role of Anne Egerman in "A Little Night Music."

Throughout her career, Mallory has graced the stages of the nation's major summer stock and regional theaters. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh CLO, the St. Louis Muny Opera, Atlanta's Theater Of The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, Dallas Summer Musicals, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company, The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, and others have presented her in virtually every Leading Lady role in musical theater. Among these, she has appeared as Christine/Carlotta in "The Phantom of the Opera," Magnolia in "Showboat," Kate in "Kiss Me Kate," Marian in "The Music Man," Lili in "The Secret Garden," Sarah in "Guys and Dolls," Maria in "The Sound of Music," and Abigail in "1776."

"Singin', Swingin' and All That Jazz" aired on CBS in 1977.
In addition to her numerous stage credits, Mallory appeared in numerous roles on television, where she was probably best known for her role as Leslie Brooks on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played for over 6 years. She last appeared on the series in 1984. Later, she played Dr. Denise Foxworthy on NBC's Santa Barbara.

Her other television credits included guest starring roles on Everwood, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, the female lead in the made-for-television movie Unabomber: The True Story, and three CBS musical specials, The Emperor's New Clothes, Aladdin, and After Hours: Singin', Swingin' and All That Jazz, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Mallory continued to perform in recent years, while teaching professionals, adults and youngsters at The Voice Studio in New York City.

She leaves behind her husband Mark Lambert, and daughter Ramona Mallory Lambert, also an actress.

Victoria Mallory and the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1982.


Below is a 1982 opening from The Young and the Restless which features Mallory alongside Jaime Lyn Bauer, who played her sister, Lorie Brooks.

7 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about Ms. Mallory's passing. I've heard nothing but great things about her over the years. I have always missed the Brooks sisters since they left Y&R.

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  2. I am sorry to hear about her passing. Why is Don Hasting in this photo for Y&R? Is it a CBS promo photo?

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    1. Hi Kat. Back in 1977, CBS Daytime used to air musical specials in the afternoon. This photo is from "Singin', Swingin' and All That
      Jazz," which featured Y&R stars Victoria Mallory
      (Leslie), John McCook (Lance) and Beau Kazer (Brock) who were
      joined by ATWT's Don Hastings and Keith Charles. I would love to have a copy of that. And would love it if Daytime still did musical specials like that.

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    2. I, too would Love to have a copy of "Singin', Swingin' and All That Jazz". I never saw it and bet that it is just fabulous with talent like that!

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  3. My thoughts are with her family right now. I too have heard great things about her and she represents a wonderful period of Y&R.

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  4. Some reaction from former Y&R castmates:

    "So sad about Victoria Mallory. She & her husband were not only life friends and instrumental in my development, they were my Y&R connection. Sending love and God's grace to Mark and Ramona on the passing of their wife and mother, Victoria. May they find comfort in our love for her." - Doug Davidson

    "I AM SHOCKED...SHE WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BE AROUND ,THE PERFECT LADY,SO POLITE AND LOVELY.SHE IS WITH THE ANGELS NOW... IT ALWAYS BREAKS MY HEART WHEN ONE OF MY CAST MATES PASSES.SHE WAS SO YOUNG.ALWAYS THE PERFORMER . EVERYONE LOVED HER ON THE SET." - Brenda Dickson

    "The Universe is always circling, in it's unfathomable paths of Synchonicity. Not until about ten years ago, did Victoria & I cross Paths Out of the "blue". i got a call from her. She had talked to my dear friend and mentor , Joan Darling. Victoria and Mark were moving to LA from Park looking for an acting coach for her daughter, Ramona, and Joan had said there was only one...Janice Lynde. We had a wonderful lunch, connected easily, sharing fond memories and experiences of our shared soul of "Leslie". I told her I was always grateful, she had carried "Leslie" on with the Dignity I always believed was at the Heart of the character. She and her husband, Mark, brought Ramona to her first session with me & entrusted me with her next phase of training. I was honored & humbled. Ramona, a huge talent and spirit in her own right, blossumed & after almost 3 years, i felt she belonged in NYC, where her musical & acting talents would be most valued, (the path, both her mother & I had taken.) "Let Hollywood bring you when they know they need you", was my philosophy. I loved them all, like family, even tho' our time was brief. They moved back to NYC, (I'm sure for more reasons than I knew). The last time I saw them was in NYC. I'd finished a film in Europe, and wanted to see A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, since I would be playing Desiree in years to come. As I read the program, I saw Ramona's name. She was making her Broadway debut in the role Victoria had created many years before, & met here father Mark.! I sent a note backstage...It was Ramona's Birthday, & Victoria & Mark were in the audience. We had a glorious celebration of Life, Love, Birthdays, & the Remarkable Connections we'd experienced. I have a deep abiding love for the time we spent together, and profoundly feel a connection with Victoria, Mark & Ramona...their extraodinary family! Blessings!" - Janice Lynde

    "When I first got to LA Vicky was on The Young and The Restless. In the plot she had a car wreck and when she woke up - surprise - she could sing! So I spent a year every week or two playing while she sang. I still remember it as one of the joys of my life. We will miss her terribly." - Steven Smith

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  5. "So saddened about Victoria Mallory.I looked up 2 her so much. She could do it all.Talk about triple threat! I learned a lot from her. RIP,Vic." - Melody Thomas Scott

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