Brynn Thayer

Brynn Thayer (born October 4, 1949) is an American actress, known for her roles on television.

Brynn Thayer
Brynn Thayer in 2008
Born (1949-10-04) October 4, 1949
Years active1978–present
Hugh Robertson
(m. 1971; div. 1973)

Gerald Anthony
(m. 1981; div. 1983)

David Steinberg (m. 1994)


Thayer is best known for her work on television. From 1978-86, she played Jenny Wolek in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live.[1] Thayer assumed the role in August 1978 amid a contract dispute between Katherine Glass and ABC Daytime.[2] For her role on the show, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1983, and Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama in 1986.[3]

In 1986, Thayer left One Life to Live and began a career on primetime television. She starred in two short-lived dramas for CBS: TV 101 from 1988 to 1989, and Island Son (1989-1990).[1] In 1992, she joined the cast of the ABC legal series, Matlock (after releasing from NBC) portraying Matlock's daughter, Leanne MacIntyre,[4] and was a regular cast member; she was previously a guest star in the 1991 episode "The Suspect." From 1997-98, she had regular role in the Pensacola: Wings of Gold.

In film, Thayer co-starred in Hero and the Terror (1988) and Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story (2015). She guest starred in a number of television shows, including Moonlighting, Murder, She Wrote, 7th Heaven, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Castle, Suits, and How to Get Away with Murder. She had a recurring role in General Hospital as Kylie Quinlan in 1994. In 2011, she guest starred on Days of Our Lives as Susan Banks.[5]

Personal life

Thayer was born in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Margery (née Schwartz) and William Paul Thayer, a former naval officer and business executive who was Deputy Secretary of Defense (1983–84) in the Reagan Administration.[6] She studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school.[7]

Thayer co-founded the charitable organization ZazAngels with actor Michael Zaslow and his wife, Susan Hufford, to generate funds for researching amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). Zaslow died of ALS on December 6, 1998.[8]


  1. "Brynn Thayer biography". Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  2. Waggett, Gerry (2008). The One Life to Live 40th Anniversary Trivia Book. New York City: Hyperion Books. p. 248. ISBN 9781401323097.
  3. Profile,; accessed September 13, 2015.
  4. "On "Matlock", haven't there been three actresses who..." tribunedigital-chicagotribune. December 18, 1994. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  5. "Brynn Thayer To DAYS!". Soap Opera Digest. 2012-11-18. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  6. "Ronald Reagan: Nomination of W. Paul Thayer To Be Deputy Secretary of Defense". Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  7. "Brynn Thayer on the Bevelry Hills Playhouse Acting School". Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  8. "ZazAngels: Beautiful Interior Design] Pink And Purple Room. Japanese Garden Ideas. Walk In Shower Remodel. Diy Rustic Headboard Ideas. Red And White Kitchens. Beautiful Interior Design". Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
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