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Soap Opera Veteran Michelle Stafford Celebrates Her Birthday

Just when it seemed like The Young and the Restless’ Phyllis Summers may get outsmarted by Diane Jenkins (perish the thought), she created a triad…

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Just when it seemed like The Young and the Restless’ Phyllis Summers may get outsmarted by Diane Jenkins (perish the thought), she created a triad of terror with Ashley Abbott and Nikki Newman to take down their mutual nemesis. It was a stroke of genius worth celebrating — as is the very special milestone being reached by actress Michelle Stafford.

Happy Birthday, Michelle Stafford

And that’s because she was born on September 14, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois, which means that this talented fan favorite is turning 57 years old today! Upon graduating high school, Stafford pursued a career in modeling, which eventually gave way to a desire to act.

In 1990, she was cast in the FOX network’s daily serial Tribes, which lasted for one season of 95 episodes. Afterward, Stafford appeared in two plays directed by Charles Durning.

In October 1994, Stafford signed to CBS’s The Young and the Restless, where she was to play the short-term role of villainess Phyllis Summers. When her work impressed head writer and executive producer William J. Bell, Stafford was placed on contract, and she remained with the soap for three years.

Subsequently, Michelle Stafford starred in the primetime series Pacific Palisades and guest-starred in programs such as Players, Two Guys and Girl, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, and V.I.P., as well as the feature films Double Jeopardy (opposite Ashley Judd) and Attraction.

In July 2000, Stafford reprised the part of Phyllis on Y&R, and this time she reigned as a front-burner player for 13 years. Between 2014 and 2019, Stafford starred on General Hospital as Nina Reeves — a role she eventually ceded to Cynthia Watros in order to return to The Young and the Restless.

Soap Hub would like to wish Michelle Stafford a very happy birthday, and you can, too, by clicking on the Twitter link below.

The Young and the Restless (YR) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Genoa City, check out all the latest that’s been posted on Y&R spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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