Cady McClain

Cady McClain
Cady McClain June 19, 2014 (cropped).jpg
McClain at the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards Nominees Cocktail Reception on June 19, 2014
Katie Jo McClain

(1969-10-13) October 13, 1969 (age 52)
  • Actor
  • television director
  • author
  • singer-songwriter
Known for Performance in American soap opera television
(m. 2014)

Cady McClain (born Katie Jo McClain; October 13, 1969)[1] is an American actress, singer, and author.


McClain's professional acting career began in 1978 at the age of 9, when she was featured in a commercial for Band-Aid bandages. She went on to appear in over thirty commercials for products including McDonald's, Amtrak, Kenner's "Strawberry Shortcake" dolls, Burger King, Mattel, Barbie, Maybelline, Shout Detergent, Pillsbury Pop 'n Fresh Rolls, Apple Kool Aid, Prell, Texaco, and McCain's Chicken.

Among her notable early TV credits was a recurring role on St. Elsewhere, and an appearance on Cheers, when she was 16 years old, as Coach's niece Joyce.[2]

Other TV credits were as Virginia in Emmy Award-winning TV movie Who Will Love My Children, opposite Ann-Margret, Robert Kennedy and His Times, as young Pat Kennedy (with River Phoenix and Chad Lowe), the ABC After School Special Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS story (with Christian Hoff and Dana Ashbrook), Danny Thomas' One Big Family (with Michael DeLuise), Spenser for Hire, (with Robert Urich and Ron LcLarty), Lou Grant, (with Ed Asner) the TV movie Home Fires (with Guy Boyd and Juliette Lewis) and the Michael McKean TV Movie, Town and Gown.


Her first film was in 1982 starring opposite Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year as Tess, his daughter. She then appeared as a dancer in the Herbert Ross film, Pennies from Heaven starring Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters.

McClain later appeared in the independent films Simple Justice, (1989) with Doris Roberts and Cesar Romero, Alma Mater (2008) with Alexander Chaplin and Will Lyman, Retreat (2004) with Michael E. Knight, and Soldier's Heart, (2008).

Soldier's Heart, a film about veterans and PTSD (with James Kiberd, directed by Brian Delate), won the prestigious Best Narrative Feature award at the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C.

In 2008, McClain also appeared in Home Movie with Adrian Pasdar. In the film, McClain plays Claire Poe, a psychiatrist, mother and wife. Home Movie, is the story of a family's descent into darkness. In a Blair Witch style mockumentary, we follow the Poe children's violent tendencies and their parents' effort to help them. Directed by Chris Denham, it won the Sitgis Film Festival Citizen Cane Award for Best Direction.


McClain began working in the theater at a very young age. Her first professional production was as a chorus girl in The Music Man and Finian's Rainbow at Fullerton College. Other small California productions followed such as Wait Until Dark and Dames at Sea. She was cast in a workshop production of the then titled 40 starring Bonnie Franklin, and was brought to New York with the production as part of a pre-Broadway tryout at the John Drew Theater in East Hampton. With lyrics by Judith Viorst, the production title was changed to Happy Birthday and Other Humiliations. She went on to work with Mary Beth Piel and Ron Rains in A Little Night Music at the New York Opera Ensemble, Quiet on the Set at the Westbeth Theater, as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at the Lincoln Center Stages, Comedy of Errors at the Hudson Theatre Guild, Barefoot in the Park at the Westbury Music Fair, Self Offense with the Cucaracha Theatre Company, Inventions of Farewell at HERE Theatre (a one-woman show directed by Estep Nagy), and The Red Address as Lady, written by David Ives.

She also wrote, produced and acted in a one-woman piece of performance art called Mona 7, which dealt with abuse and its effect on a young woman.

Daytime television

McClain is best known for two high-profile roles she has had on daytime television: the role of Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and her role on As the World Turns as Rosanna Cabot Montgomery.

McClain won her first Daytime Emmy Award in 1990 for Outstanding Ingenue on All My Children and in 2004, won her second Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Rosanna on As the World Turns.

After McClain's stint at As the World Turns concluded, rumors circulated about a return to All My Children. In December 2005, McClain made an appearance on the show, and her popular character returned full-time a few months later. In a surprising turn of events, the character of Dixie was killed off via poisoned pancakes on January 30, 2007, which caused a massive negative outcry from longtime fans and soap opera media.[3][4] A front-page headline on a Soap Opera Weekly cover story quoted McClain as saying, "There was no negotiation."[3]

McClain confirmed via a blog entry on her official site that she would return to her Emmy-winning role of Rosanna on As the World Turns. McClain returned to the screen July 30, 2007, when her character woke up from a two-year coma. After a six-month run, McClain decided to leave the show again. Her last air date was January 28, 2008.

McClain then returned to All My Children on May 2, 2008 for six weeks as a ghostly Dixie to help guide Tad Martin (the character's former lover and husband) to their daughter Kate.[5] She departed the series on June 12, 2008.

On March 2, 2009, McClain confirmed in her blog that she had agreed to return to As the World Turns for another six-month contract beginning May 20, 2009. When it was announced that ATWT was canceled in 2010, she returned again for the show's final episodes.

McClain returned once again to All My Children in March 2010 for a short stint as a ghostly Dixie to help son J.R. fight his battle with cancer. She again returned on April 20, 2010, so that her character of Dixie could welcome Palmer Cortlandt to heaven at the end of a tribute to the late James Mitchell.

McClain returned to All My Children again in late 2010, as writer Lorraine Broderick brought the character of Dixie back – and alive – to the canvas. However, the show was canceled before she could complete negotiations on a year-long contract. McClain did return for the last summer of the show's airing on ABC, from May to August 2011. She subsequently appeared on the show's brief online revival in 2013.

In February 2014, McClain joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Kelly Andrews, replacing Cynthia Watros in that role.[6] In September 2020, it was announced that she had temporarily been cast in the role of Jennifer Horton on Days of Our Lives.[7][8] In February 2021, McClain briefly portrayed Jennifer's mother, Laura Horton, in newly created flashbacks. That same month, it was announced that McClain would exit the role, and she last appeared on February 17.[9]


In 2006, maintained a blog on the ABC website entitled "Confessions of a Mad Soap Star," which earned over 2 million hits. After she left AMC, she continued to blog on her own website. Her blog is widely respected and has received a strong fan following. She also has a YouTube channel where she posts Vlogs, videos of her music, and comedy sketches. She has also frequently contributed to PolicyMic, where she writes about pop culture and social issues, collaborated with liberal columnist Matthew Rozsa, and maintained live news feeds about current events, including the 2013 Golden Globe and Grammy Awards. She has also brought attention to new artists, including cooks Craig Thornton of Wolvesmouth and Kevin and Amanda of Her autobiography Murdering My Youth is due out later this year.[10]

Personal life

McClain was born in Burbank, California, and was raised in Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Irvine and Los Angeles. She attended high school at Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach, University High School in Irvine and Hoover High School in Glendale, California.

McClain moved to New York City when she was seventeen. She lived there for twenty-five years before moving back to Los Angeles in 2012.

She is a painter, writes poetry and articles for the internet (,,, and plays guitar. Her website,, displays artwork and collages she has created as well as links to her articles. She released two books of her poetry and art in 2008, Conversations with the Invisible, and Licked. In April 2014, she will be releasing her memoir "Murdering My Youth" via Amazon.

In 2006, she released an album, Blue Glitter Fish.[11]

In 2010, she released a live album of her music, Club Passim, recorded at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In December 2012, McClain announced her engagement to actor, director, writer, and former co-star Jon Lindstrom. They married on February 14, 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 My Favorite Year Tess (Credited as Katie McClain)
1983 Who Will Love My Children? Virginia Fray TV Movie
1989 Simple Justice Janet DiLorenzo
2002 Alma Mater Gwen Knight
2004 Retreat Paige
2008 Soldier's Heart Linda
2008 Home Movie Clare
Year Title Role Notes
1983–1985 St. Elsewhere Erin Scheinfeld 5 episodes
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Young Pat TV mini-series
1987 One Big Family Paige Baker Episode: "The Tutor"
Cheers Joyce Pantusso Episode: "The Godfather: Part 3"
ABC Afterschool Special Nicole Episode: "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story"
1988 Spenser: For Hire Laurie Episode: "To the End of the Line"
1988–1996, 1998–2002, 2005–2008, 2010–2011, 2013 All My Children Dixie Cooney
2002–2005, 2007–2010 As the World Turns Rosanna Cabot
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Alice McCain Episode: "Outcry"
2014–2015 The Young and the Restless Kelly Andrews
2020–2021 Days of Our Lives Jennifer Horton

Awards and nominations

See also


  1. ^ "CADY, MARRIED LADY." Soap Opera Digest. p. 45. May 26, 2014 (Vol. 39, No. 21).
  2. ^ Grandjean, Pat, "First People" column, item titled "Cady McClain", Connecticut Magazine, November 2006, page 17.
  3. ^ a b "The Nielsens". Soap Opera Weekly. February 27, 2007. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Hit... Or Miss!". Soap Opera Weekly. February 27, 2007. p. 12.
  5. ^ McClain to return
  6. ^ "CADY MCCLAIN IS Y&R'S NEW KELLY!". Soap Opera Digest. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Confirmed: Cady McClain in Temporarily as DAYS's Jennifer". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. September 15, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Bowe, Jillian (September 15, 2020). "SHOCKER: Melissa Reeves OUT; Cady McClain IN at DAYS". Daytime Confidential. United States: Confidential Media, Inc. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Fairman, Michael (February 10, 2021). "Cady McClain to Depart Days of Our Lives". Michael Fairman TV. United States: The Michael Fairman Company. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  10. ^ Blog post Archived February 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine on her book.
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  12. ^ NATAS (March 22, 2017). "The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). Daytime Emmy Award. United States: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  13. ^ NATAS (March 21, 2018). "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Nominations for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Daytime Emmy Award. United States: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on March 22, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Pedersen, Erik (June 26, 2021). "General Hospital Takes Best Drama at Daytime Emmys: Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on June 28, 2021. Retrieved June 28, 2021.

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