The daytime community is mourning the loss of one of its own as actress Lisa Brown has died at the age of 67 on Nov. 24 following a brief illness.
Brown made her daytime debut playing Nola Reardon Chamberlin on CBS soap GUIDING LIGHT in 1980 and formed one of the show’s most popular supercouples with Michael Tylo, who played Quint. After exiting GL, the actress moved over to sister soap AS THE WORLD TURNS in the newly-created role of Iva Snyder, which she played from 1985-94. She then went back to GL from 1995-98, and also continued making occasional appearances as Iva on ATWT in the years following that.
In addition to her two CBS soaps, she also played an FBI agent named Carolyn on ABC sudser LOVING in 1983 and also directed episodes of ATWT and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. In the later part of her career, she also worked as an acting coach for young performers on both ATWT and GL. Brown also starred in 42nd Street on Broadway in the early ‘80s while still appearing on GL.
“How blessed were we all to have Lisa share her immense talent with us for decades,” Martha Byrne, who played her television daughter, Lily, on ATWT, told Soap Opera Digest. “She was my friend since I was 15 years old from the day Doug Marland introduced me to my ‘mother.’ Lisa was my mentor, mother, sister, and so much more for my entire life. As a scene partner, she was always present and full of creativity. As a writer and director, her instincts were second to none. For the fans, she loved and respected you all more than you will ever know. We are devastated at the loss of an incredible woman.”
Brown is survived by her son, James “Buddy” Neilsen, and daughter, Victoria, from her first husband, Tom Nielsen (Floyd, GL), two grandchildren, Penelope and Brayden, and her second husband, Brian Neary. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.