Just when it seemed like The Young and the Restless’ Phyllis Summers had lost it all, she clawed her way back to the top, thanks to her inspired women-only “Escape Club” initiative. It’s a stroke of genius worth celebrating – as in 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 55 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 was 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 YR, 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 airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes.