Kathy Brier (Marcie Walsh) has been rumored to be on her way out of One Life to Live when her contract expires this fall -- but not so fast. According to a show source, Brier recently reupped with the show, though the terms of that new contract are not known.
Rumors of Brier's exit first surfaced as some of the show's upcoming plots were leaked several weeks back. As viewers know, Marcie fled Llanview with Tommy. It's possible that these plot outlines prompted the rumors of Brier exiting the show. However, the actress has expressed an interest in returning to her roots - the stage. While the Emmy nominated Brier is comfortable on the small screen, the bulk of her acting portfolio is comprised of stage work. Brier hit the Great White Way in 2002 and 2003 when she appeared as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of "Hairspray." Prior to that Brier served as an understudy for the same role. The actress has numerous off-Broadway credits in addition to having done regional theater.
During her tenure with One Life to Live, Brier has had numerous opportunities to showcase her vocal talent. Brier has also released a CD entitled "Heartbreaker," available via her official web site.
In 2003, Brier unwittingly became the poster child for women everywhere who do not fit into the so-called typical mold of what a television star should look like. Then-ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons, issued a statement in which he seemed to call into question the actress' physical beauty.
"Kathy Brier, a marvelous actress, […] has an incredible voice and is not beautiful, is overweight and the audience has just embraced her, because she is not perfect like everybody else," Frons stated.
One Life to Live execs apparently were prepping the show for a post-Brier timeframe. Farah Fath joined the show earlier in the month in the role of new character, Gigi. Gigi is rumored to be a new love interest for Marcie's beau, Michael McBain (played by Nathaniel Marston). However, those plans make take an abrupt turn now that Marston has found himself in legal trouble. The actor was arrested last weekend on assault charged. [Click here for more on that story.]
Brier joined One Life to Live in October 2002. There has been no formal announcement that Brier is exiting. If she does, however, the role of Marcie is not expected to be recast.