Cady McClain first joined All My Children in the role of Dixie Cooney back in 1988. She played the role until 1996, but then returned after fans rallied for her comeback in 1998. She remained with the show until 2002, when she left for the recurring role of Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns. She headed back to Pine Valley in December 2005, saying “I am thrilled to be returning to a show where I have such a long and beautiful history. It is an especially excellent cast and I am looking forward to working with some new and very talented actors, as well as revisiting with some dear old friends.”
McClain was born and raised in southern California. She began her career at the age of nine, finding success as a commercial actress. She also booked popular television series such as Cheers and St. Elsewhere. McClain moved to New York when she was 17-years-old and started auditioning for Broadway. She was offered a screen test for the role of Dixie on AMC, but turned it down because she had a possible television series in the works. However, the powers that be didn’t give up and contacted the young actress several months later. Fortunately, this time McClain was free to audition and won the coveted role.
In 1990, McClain won an Emmy for Outstanding Juvenile Female on AMC. She was nominated again in 1992 and 2001. She also won Soap Opera Digest’s award for Best Heroine and has been nominated for SOD awards four other times, including the 1999 SOD award for Favorite Return. In 2004 she won her second Daytime Emmy for her role as Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.
No stranger to television audiences, McClain’s extensive credits include Law & Order SVU, A Father’s Homecoming, Home Fires, Who Will Love My Children, St. Elsewhere, Spencer for Hire, Cheers, One Big Family, and Lou Grant. Her award-winning independent film credits include Alama Mater, which premiered at the Hampton’s International Film Festival in 2002 and was nominated for the Golden Starfish award. The film also won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Austin Film Festival. Retreat won the 2004 Wood’s Hole Film Festival as well as the Telluruide Indiefest. McClain recently completed shooting Soldier’s Heart. Her additional film credits include My Favorite Year where she played Peter O’Tool’s daughter, Tess, and Pennies from Heaven.
While working on AMC, McClain continues to train with her acting coach and work in theater. She has appeared on VH-1 as a guest VJ and in comedy sketches for Comedy Central. On stage, McClain has appeared in David Ives The Red Address, at the second stage, opposite Kevin Anderson, which garnered excellent reviews, including the New York Times. Additional credits include The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Barefoot in the Park, and Quiet on the Set. She also wrote, produced and co-directed a surrealist one-woman piece, Mona7 and preformed in Inventions of Farewell, another one-woman piece, compiled from Wallace Steven’s poetry.
McClain currently resides in Manhattan and enjoys hanging out with several of her co-stars. With light brown hair and blue eyes, she is 5’3 and celebrates her birthday on October 13th.
DID YOU KNOW?
McClain took classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC during her first hiatus from All My Children. She is the first AMC star to publish her own behind-the-scenes blog on ABC.com. Her first CD titled "Blue Glitter Fish" is a collection of words and music she's created over a ten year period. It is available at her official website, CadyMcClain.com. McClain is currently in a relationship with former ATWT co-star, Hunt Block (ex Craig).
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