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Judith Chapman

Personal information
Birth nameJudith Shepard
Birth dateNovember 15, 1951(age 65)
Place of birthGreenville, South Carolina,
United States
OccupationFilm, television actress
SpouseNelian Tyree (1984-1986?)

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Judith Chapman (born Judith Shepard on November 15, 1951 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an actress known to fans of American daytime television. She gave her screen debut at the age of 16 in the Spaghetti Western Sette donne per i MacGregor. She has appeared on half a dozen daytime dramas since the mid-1970s. Her first soap role was Natalie Bannon Hughes on As the World Turns, a role she played from 1975 to 1978, and got a reputation on the show as "Nasty Natalie", due to her character's scheming temperament. Her older sister Patty Shepard (born 1945) worked also as an actress.

She is a soap opera veteran, having played:

* Natalie Bannon Hughes on As the World Turns (1975 1978)

* Charlotte Greer on Ryan's Hope (1983)

* Ginny Blake Webber on General Hospital (1984 1986)

* Sandra Montaigne on One Life to Live (1987)

* Anjelica Deveraux Curtis on Days of our Lives (1989 1990, 1991)

* Gloria Abbott Bardwell on The Young and the Restless (Contract: January 17, 2005-March 2011; Recurring Afterwards)

* Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless (temporary replacement, when Jess Walton was ill. Late 1980s.)

Beginning in January 2005, Chapman joined the cast of The Young and the Restless replacing Joan Van Ark in the contract role of Gloria Fisher.

A number of prominent actresses, such as Ilene Kristen and Donna Mills read for the role of Gloria, but after a single reading with actor Christian LeBlanc (who plays Gloria's son Michael), producers hired Chapman on the spot.

Chapman is the daughter of retired United States Air Force general Leland C. Shepard Jr., Chapman has had a long career in both movies and television, as well as her most recent stage work both as an actress and director of many well-received theatrical productions. Her most recent feature film role was that of the mother of Judy (Parker Posey) in the 2002 romantic comedy, The Sweetest Thing.

Chapman is also an avid yoga buff and instructor, theatrical director, stage actress and restaurateur. She was part-owner of St. James at The Vineyard, an upscale and eclectic restaurant specializing in New World Cuisine in Palm Springs, California.

Chapman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Desert Theatre League (DTL) on Sunday, November 20, 2005, at the DTL's 18th "Desert Stars Awards" Ceremony held at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, California.

Chapman was a guest actress on the final episode of Galactica 1980 titled "The Return of Starbuck", where she played the Seraph Angela, as well as two episodes of Magnum, P.I. - "The Black Orchid" from Season one and "The Woman on the Beach" from Season two. An unofficial online poll of the series' fans' favorite episodes ranked these episodes at #27 and #23, respectively, as of January 2008.

She also guest starred on three episodes of Murder, She Wrote.

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