(September 24, 1946 – December 20, 2010) was an American actress
best known for her work on daytime soap operas
After short stints on The Edge of Night
and Our Five Daughters
, Courtney became famous for her role as Alice Matthews Frame
on Another World
; she played the role from the show's debut in May 1964 until July 1975.
In 1975, Courtney and the actor playing her love interest, George Reinholt
, were fired, allegedly for "storyline purposes". Head writer Harding Lemay reported in his memoir, Eight Years in Another World
, that Courtney was fired because she was a bad actress, although she did have huge popularity with the soap audience. In reality, conflict brewed backstage because many longtime actors, including Courtney, were trying to protect their characters' integrity in the face of Lemay's changing scripts. After being dismissed by producer Paul Rauch, Courtney went on to play Pat Kendall on ABC's One Life to Live
until 1983, when the network fired her just before bringing Paul Rauch in as producer.
Courtney reconciled her differences with Another World
and started back on the show as Alice on the 20th anniversary show in May 1984. She played the role until the next year when she was fired due to lack of story for the character. In 1989 she returned for the show's 25th anniversary and for Mackenzie Cory's funeral.
After a small role as madame Diane Winston on Loving
in 1987, Courtney retired from acting, though she appeared,... Read More