Two-time Emmy® Award winning actress Michelle Stafford stars in the #1-rated “The Young and The Restless” viewed by more than 20 million people every day in some 20 countries worldwide. Michelle joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 1994 and has since developed her role of “Phyllis” into one of the most popular and vivacious characters on daytime to date.
Continually honored by her fans with the distinction of “favorite actress,” Michelle also has the critics’ full support and agreement:
”Her 1940′s film-noir toughness… has made her an instant sensation. She is the campiest, most sex-sational presence ever to steam up the soaps.” -TV Guide
”When she’s good she’s very very good. And when she’s bad she’s very very bad… The best part is she’s not a one dimensional villain.” –Soap Opera Digest
”Stafford commands attention with her striking looks, deep voice and imposing height what makes her performance so rich, is that Stafford also acts with her brains and her heart.” -Soap Opera Weekly
”Stafford is a sex goddess who combines Rita Hayworth’s sultriness with Barbara Stanwyck’s toughness.” -Canadian TV Guide
Michelle’s career began when a modeling opportunity presented itself, taking her to such far-away destinations as Japan, France and Italy. After living in Italy for a year, which, in her own words “brought me out of my conservative shell,” Michelle discovered within herself a previously dormant desire to act. So back to the U.S. it was for this now Italian-speaking beauty where she wasted no time submerging herself in the Hollywood auditioning process.
Michelle’s first job, the teen afternoon soap opera “Tribes,” was followed by several commercials and TV show guest appearances and culminated in her starring in two plays directed by Academy Award® nominated and Tony Award® winning actor Charles Durning. And in one of his plays, “Savage in Limbo,” the Los Angeles Times touted Michelle as “the sensational Michelle Stafford.” But it was when Michelle nabbed the role of “Phyllis” on “The Young and the Restless” that her career took its biggest stride. The producers initially intended the character to come and leave quickly, but after only one month, Michelle had created such a stir that they knew they could not let her go. And within her first two years on the show her talent had earned her an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actress and two consecutive Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Michelle went on to star in Aaron Spelling’s drama “Pacific Palisades,” guest starred on Dick Wolf’s “Players,” “Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place,” “JAG,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Judging Amy,” “Frasier,” and had a recurring role on Pamela Anderson’s “VIP.” She also worked opposite Ashley Judd in the popular film “Double Jeopardy,” directed by the acclaimed Bruce Beresford and starred in the psychological thriller “Attraction,” opposite Tom Everett Scott. And it was when Michelle returned to “The Young and the Restless” that she won her second Emmy®, this time for Best Lead Actress.
As an ardent sports fan, it seemed only appropriate that Michelle serve as the “Best Damn Stanley Cup” correspondent on Fox Sports’ “Best Damn Sports Show Period” – much to the hosts’ delight. And more recently Michelle has contributed her commentary as a celebrity blogger on NHL.com.
While “The outrageously sexy Stafford” (TV Guide) continues her celebrated run on “The Young and the Restless,” she also constantly keeps busy with additional projects. Michelle recently portrayed a detective in the feature-film “3 Days Gone” and starred in the Lifetime television movie “Like Mother, Like Daughter.”
With all of the above, Michelle still finds time for some of her more personal interests, including travel, the culinary world and philanthropic endeavors. Michelle feels it’s important to contribute in any way she can. As she put it, “You come to the realization that you have to help. Are you part of the solution or the problem? Or are you just sitting on the side eating a cheese sandwich watching your world deteriorate? I’d rather do something to change conditions. That one person I help could help two, and then they could help three others and so on and so on… I mean, it’s important.”
Michelle lends her voice and time to such groups as “Citizens Commission on Human Rights” and “The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project” and was honored by the “National Foundation for Women Legislators” for her human rights campaigning.
Stafford currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Natalia.