Beverlee McKinsey

Beverlee McKinsey

American actress
Date of Birth: 09.08.1935
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Beverly McKinsey
  2. Early Career
  3. Soap Opera Career
  4. Later Years and Legacy
  5. Death

Biography of Beverly McKinsey

Beverly McKinsey, born Beverly Magruder, on August 9, 1935, in McAlester, Oklahoma, USA, was an American actress. She began her acting career in one of the off-Broadway theaters, often appearing on stage alongside James Earl Jones and Doris Belack.

Beverlee McKinsey

Early Career

After playing several minor roles in television series in the late 1960s, Beverly signed her first acting contract to portray Julie Richards in the movie "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" in 1970. In May 1972, she played the small role of Emma Frame in the television series "Another World". However, captivated by her beauty, Harding Lemay, the head writer of the series, gave McKinsey another role entirely. Unlike the "tasteless" Emma, the actress was allowed to play the manipulative schemer Iris Cory Delaney Carrington Bancroft Wheeler, a character she portrayed from December 1972 to July 1980.

Beverlee McKinsey

Soap Opera Career

Continuing to play her familiar character, McKinsey reprised her role as Iris Cory in the spin-off series "Texas" from August 1980 to November 1981. While she was a part of the cast of "Texas," Beverly gained the favor of Gale Coby, the former producer of the show, which led her to another soap opera. In Coby's produced series "Guiding Light," McKinsey played the powerful Alexandra Spaulding von Halkein Thorpe from February 1984 to August 1992.

Beverlee McKinsey

Later Years and Legacy

After leaving "Guiding Light," McKinsey initially took an eight-week planned vacation. However, she later informed the production company, Procter & Gamble, that she had no intention of returning to the series. It was revealed that her contract included a clause allowing her to refuse obligations every six months, a fact that even executive producer Jill Farren was unaware of. "Soap Opera Digest" named McKinsey "one of the best actresses ever to appear in soap operas." Critic Michael Logan from "TV Guide" in 1992 referred to her as the "greatest actress in the history of daytime drama." Despite the praise and persistent requests to return to television, McKinsey did not become a soap opera star again.


On May 2, 2008, Beverly McKinsey passed away in Santa Maria, California, due to complications from a kidney transplant. Her son, Scott McKinsey, is a director of the soap opera "General Hospital," in which Beverly portrayed Myrna Sloiter in 1994.