Nancy Lee Grahn plays the role of Alexis Davis on General Hospital. She gives such a remarkable performance that most fans cannot decide if they want to root against her or support her. Her character is truly an enigma!
Such an achievement is a testament to Nancy’s work as an actress. Get to know more about her married life, husband, children, and other facts.
Nancy Lee Grahn in General Hospital
Nancy Lee Grahn portrays the attorney Alexis Davis in General Hospital. It is a role she has held since 1996, which means that 2021 marks her 15th year with the series. In total, she has appeared in over 1650 episodes.
It makes her one of the most experienced cast members on set. Interestingly, Grahn’s character has many aliases, but we find out earlier in her story that she is Mikkos Cassadine’s love child. As such, her real name is Kristina Cassadine.
Alexis Davis is easily the most immoral attorney on the show. She lives up to her Cassadine name by showing off her ugly criminal persona capable of murder.
Nancy’s character has a tragic background; thus, fans see her more as a protagonist, easily sympathizing. As of recent developments with her character, there was a time she almost found love with her former therapist, Neil Byrne.
Byrne, played by Joe Flanigan, lost his job after the medical board learned he was dating his former patient. Alexis did not initially mimic his advances but later warms up to him.
After a night of romance, she wakes up excited only to find Neil next to her, albeit unresponsive. Nancy later took to Twitter to explain her own surprise at her character’s awkward turn of events.
In 24 yrs on #Gh I've shoved 1 off a parapet. (Splat) accidentally had 1 run into my knife & hurl himself of the 21st floor (ouch) ran over more than 1 (I'm a very bad driver) but I've never $*#&ed 1 to death. Let's see if I can add that to my resume after Tues epi. Stay tuned😘
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 1, 2020
Nancy Lee Grahn’s Net Worth & Career
Nancy Lee Grahn began her career on the set of One Life to Live. She was with the show from 1978 to 1982, appearing in over 200 episodes. Furthermore, soap fans also remember her as Julianna Wainwright Capwell on the show Santa Barbara.
This stint stretched for a remarkable 722 episodes. Moreover, Nancy also had a few appearances in the GH spin-off soap, ‘Port Charles.’
Additionally, Grahn has taken on guest roles on shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Incredible Hulk, Magnum PI, Murder She Wrote, Models Inc, Murder One, and 7th Heaven.
She also earned roles in movies like Kids Don’t Tell and Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin. Putting all of her acting exploits together, Nancy Lee Grahn has a net worth of $3 million.
Nancy Lee Grahn’s Married Life & Children
Unfortunately for us, Nancy Lee Grahn’s married life ended just as early as it began. Therefore, we don’t have much information about what her marriage and divorce was like. She does share one remnant from her marriage, and that is her daughter, Katherine Grace.
We are not sure of the details, but it looks like Nancy Lee Grahn was a single mother to Katherine Grace Grahn. She was born on February 24, 1998, and is 23, as we write. Moreover, Katherine is also a Thornton School of Music graduate at the University of Southern California (USC).
Kate Grahn is a musician who loves to sing and play the guitar. The first person she thanked during her graduation speech was her mother.
It is clear that since they were each other’s only immediate family, the two share a very close relationship. So far, Kate is an only child.
Is Nancy Lee Grahn’s Getting Married? Meet Her Husband
We are certain that a beautiful woman like Nancy Lee Grahn has had multiple relationships throughout her life. She has kept this part of her life private for several years.
However, we are not interested in her past boyfriends when her current one may just become her husband. Yes, the news is right; things are getting serious with her current boyfriend, Richard Smith.
Just the fact that she did not keep her love life with Richard private was evidence that their relationship was special. Wedding bells are finally ringing for Grahn, currently in her mid-60s.
The announcement that made it all official was made on December 27, 2019, via Nancy Lee’s Twitter page. There, she uploaded a photo of her giving her boyfriend a long kiss. Moreover, she addressed him as her “soon to be husband.”
With my soon to be husband in his hometown, Eugene Oregon, right in the spot where he got his 1st kiss. 💋 #CircleofLove pic.twitter.com/qQDYIb8l3i
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) December 27, 2019
Apparent the photo was taken right after the proposal in Eugene, Oregon. “Why such a random place?” you ask?
Well, this is Richard’s hometown and also the place the two shared their first kiss. The two have been dating for quite a while, at least as far back as July 2018, when they went on a Paris vacation. So, they were in a relationship for at least 4 years.
“This guy is kinda dreamy and has good taste,” Nancy once spoke about him while also sharing a necklace that he gave to her as a gift. She wears it every day on the set of General Hospital.
Who is Her Husband, Richard Smith?
Richard Smith is an English Guitarist who is very famous amongst jazz lovers. Moreover, he has more than 13 successful albums under his belt.
One of those albums, ‘SOuLIDIFIED,’ was in the top 10 for seventeen consecutive weeks. Another album was selected as TuneUp Magazine’s Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album, Ad Lib Magazine’s Record of the Year, and Radio & Record Magazine’s Best New Artist.
Currently, Richard also works for a big music-educational organization, ‘The Aegean Cultural Initiative in Greece.
He serves as the organization’s co-director, working with schools around the world. Additionally, he collaborates with artists like Snoop Dogg, Michael Buble, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Madonna and many more.
The company sends students on tours, encouraging collaborations with international artists. This experience provides a platform for them to build a successful music career.
Lastly, Richard Smith is also a professor at Thornton School of Music in USC. So, there is a good possibility that Nancy’s daughter, Kate, played matchmaker in this instance.
How Old is Nancy Lee Grahn? Her Bio
Nancy Lee Grahn is 65 years old and was born on April 28, 1956, in Evanston, Illinois. Her father, Robert Donald Grahn, was a Lutheran, while her mother, Barbara Edna Ascher, was Jewish. Both parents were part of the local community theatre in Skokie.
Thus, it only makes sense that her first acting role came as a pony in the community theatre production of ‘Oklahoma.’
While attending the Niles North High School, Nancy was in the school’s production of ‘Lil’ Abner’ alongside Greg Edelman. The latter is now a pretty famous Broadway actor. She officially got her credited role in the 1973/74 season of ‘Guys and Dolls’.
This was from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while she was still in her freshman year. After graduating, Nancy Lee Grahn went to New York City. Here, she began appearing in commercials, kickstarting her career.
Nancy Lee Grahn’s Wiki-Facts
- Grahn was studying acting and theatre under veteran actors like Bill Epsen and Sandy Meisner. She started with plays like ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Barefoot Walk in The Park’ before transitioning to commercials and industrial films.
- Nancy Lee Grahn identifies as a liberal and is vocal about her views and beliefs. She particularly raises a strong voice upon issues of abortion and reproductive rights as well as LGBTQ rights.
- She got a lot of backlash for criticizing Viola Davis’s 2015 speech upon winning an Emmy award for the Outstanding Lead Actress. Davis was the first black woman to win after her impressive work in ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ Grahn criticized her speech for targeting racial inequality but immediately apologized after facing backlash.
- Nancy also accidentally became an informal awareness icon for Osteoporosis in women who have gone through menopause after her GH character, Alexis, went through a similar storyline.