Alexandra Spaulding formerly(von Halkein Thorpe Foley) is a fictional character on CBS's daytime drama Guiding Light. Marj Dusay is currently portraying the character, which she has done since December 26th, 2002, as well as from September 23rd, 1993 to March 11th, 1997 and November 20th, 1998 to January 21st, 1999. Other actresses to have played the role include Beverlee McKinsey (February 10th, 1984 to August 1992) and Joan Collins (September 23rd to December 23rd, 2002).
Over the years, she's searched out many of the relatives she believed she lost, including a sister, Victoria, with whom she offered to share the family fortune. More important was her reunion with wayward son Lujack who she eventually won over despite his misgivings. She supported him in his endeavors and he died in her arms after an explosion. Her life got more complicated when her supposedly dead brother reappeared looking for revenge of his own. She fled to San Rios where she was kidnapped by rebels before being rescued and returned to Springfield.
She began a romance with HB Lewis before a plane crash left her on a desert island with Fletcher Reade and a mysterious man who turned out to be Roger Thorpe. Surprisingly, she married Roger soon after returning, but the marriage was doomed and she publicly humiliated him before subjecting him to blackmail. More surprisingly, she discovered Lujack's twin, Nick McHenry and pulled him into the family, but alienated him with her continuing meddling in his life. Over time, they came to trust one another as she tried to help him with a career. Tired of endless corporate intrigue, she left for Europe with Nick and his wife Susan.
She would return several years later,where it would be discovered thanks in-part to her ex-husband Roger Thorpe that her "niece" Amanda Spaulding was actually her half-sister a fact in which Alexandra had known for years.Then after Alan had a heart attack and the company was in turmoil. She pushed him out and tried to keep the bottle on Gus' parentage as long as possible. When it came out, desperate to hold onto the power she had left, she drugged Alan and tried to drive him mad. He went one better and managed to trick her into a confession of her crimes, not least of which was the stalking and attempted murder of Reva. He pushed her out of company leadership and into pharmaceuticals. There, she got involved with illegal trading and the sinister Antimonius drug ring. Alan, to her surprise, tried to save her from prosecution, but when Frank Cooper would not relent, she tried to frame him. This backfired, destroying her relationship with Frank's father Buzz and she ended up in jail only to be freed by her brother just as Phillip was 'murdered'. The siblings continued their fighting, if in a somewhat more low-key fashion, while she blackmailed him for his role in Phillip's death. Her testimony eventually freed Harley and almost jailed Alan. Subsequently, she has played a more minor role, mostly as a help to Alan-Michael and a much needed balance to her brother. After the birth of her niece Peyton Beth gave Alexandra's names as her daughter middle name.
CEO of Spaulding Enterprises (1986-1992) (1993-1995) (2002-2003) 2007-Present
Co. CEO with Alan-Michael (1995-1997)