Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lori March Dead at 90

Lori March Scourby, an actress known as the "First Lady of Daytime Television" for her decades of work in serials, has died. She was 90. The wife of the late Alexander Scourby, an actor and narrator of numerous audiobooks including the King James Bible, died in her sleep on March 19.

As Lori March, she played Valerie Hill Ames Northcoate on CBS’ THE SECRET STORM from 1964 to 1974 (Alexander played her husband for a couple of years on the show).

She appeared on other soaps including THE BRIGHTER DAY (Lenore Bradley), AS THE WORLD TURNS (Nurse Harris), SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (Lillian Hayes), ONE LIFE TO LIVE (Adele Huddleston/Eugenia Randolph Lord), THE EDGE OF NIGHT (Mrs. Hinson), TEXAS (Mildred Canfield), ANOTHER LIFE (Barbara Gilbert), GUIDING LIGHT (Lady Agnes Gilmore) and ANOTHER WORLD (Abigail Kramer).

Scourby was born in Hollywood on March 6, 1923, to actor Theodore Von Eltz and screenwriter Peggy Prior. She attended Beverly Hills High School and moved to New York in 1939 to study acting, eventually appearing in such Broadway shows as "Jose Ferrer’s Cyrano de Bergerac," "Charley’s Aunt" and "The Chalk Garden."

In 1960 she guest-starred in an episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

She and Alexander married in May 1943. Her husband, who also narrated a feature-length version of the NBC documentary series Victory at Sea and recorded more than 300 works of literature for the blind, died in 1985 at age 71. His resonant recording of the King James Bible was made in 1950s and remains a big seller.

March is pictured above with SECRET STORM co-stars Judy Lewis (Susan), Eleanor Phelps (Grace) and Lynne Adams (Amy).

1 comment:

  1. Oh My God,

    I remember enjoying watching Lori March on Secret Storm, Texas, One Life To Live, & Guiding Light.

    In NYC theatre, Ms. March also played Virgilia, the wife to Robert Ryan's (1909-1973) Coriolanus in Shakespeare's Roman gladiator tragedy Coriolanus, at the Phoenix Theatre in 1954.

    Rest In Peace, Ms. March!